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    07-16-2011, 06:40 PM
  #41
Weanling
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He hadn't slowed up at all so imagine hitting hard ground at a fast gallop... yeah it hurt.
Same thing happened to me. I was going down hill though. Landed right on the back of my head. Luckily I was wearing a helmet
     
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    07-16-2011, 06:46 PM
  #42
Yearling
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Originally Posted by bsms    
Let's ride!!!!



Sorry...just saw this picture posted on the Internet in a news forum, and gave in to temptation to post it here. No offense meant to anyone! As a parent and grandparent, I understand the desire to protect our kids...and I also remember the far distant past, when young kid bsms did all the wrong things anyways. How I lived to get old, I'll never know. Maybe I didn't have enough brain cells to injure. Maybe I destroyed them all when I tried to ride my bicycle off of the roof. Without a helmet, although that wouldn't have helped what hurt...no idea how I ended up having kids.

If you look at my horse pictures, you'll see my youngest daughter and I both use helmets. By choice.
OMG...Hilarious!......

I believe in choice. Too many rules and restrictions are being pushed upon us infringing on our freedom. Nobody has a right to dictate what they think is best for someone else. People need to focus on their own life. When you point a finger, there are three more pointing right back at ya'!
     
    07-16-2011, 07:04 PM
  #43
Foal
Thank you for sharing your story. You made a couple of really good points. I was trying to make the single point that until a child knows what the inherent risks are of riding a horse they should be made to wear a helmet. Of course I want children to ride and experience the wonders of a horse, that's why I teach. But children think like children not like adults. They think they can do things they are not prepared for yet. A 29 dollar investment can save, at least a huge hospital bill. I had a child fall off at a lope, the helmet shattered into pieces, thank goodness for the helmet that kept me from picking up grey matter off my field and explaining to her mom why I didn't see fit to put a helmet on her child. Like I said, it's a CHILD, adults can make their own choices about safety, when the kids grow up, then they can make their own choice. In the meanwhile we adults have to make it for them. I don't always use a helmet on myself, but the kids have to have one. If I get hurt then I can kick my own bum. Oh I love the cellophane kid pic. I remember feeling like that about my own kids, worry wort moms and dads.
     
    07-16-2011, 08:35 PM
  #44
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Freda    
Thank you for sharing your story. You made a couple of really good points. I was trying to make the single point that until a child knows what the inherent risks are of riding a horse they should be made to wear a helmet. Of course I want children to ride and experience the wonders of a horse, that's why I teach. But children think like children not like adults. They think they can do things they are not prepared for yet. A 29 dollar investment can save, at least a huge hospital bill. I had a child fall off at a lope, the helmet shattered into pieces, thank goodness for the helmet that kept me from picking up grey matter off my field and explaining to her mom why I didn't see fit to put a helmet on her child. Like I said, it's a CHILD, adults can make their own choices about safety, when the kids grow up, then they can make their own choice. In the meanwhile we adults have to make it for them. I don't always use a helmet on myself, but the kids have to have one. If I get hurt then I can kick my own bum. Oh I love the cellophane kid pic. I remember feeling like that about my own kids, worry wort moms and dads.

I totally agree with kids wearing helmets. Children are much bigger risk takers and just aren't as aware of their own mortality as an adult is. Nothing wrong with a kid wearing a helmet then making the choice to wear or not wear as an adult.
     
    07-22-2011, 02:41 AM
  #45
Foal
While I completely understand the use of helmets by riding instructors on children as a precaution based on liability. When the topic is brought up about mandatory helmets for those 18 and under I find myself irritated, being 17 and owning my horse legally in my name, I feel that wearing a helmet should be my decision, just as getting on that horse is my decision.
People need to remember that to promote mandatory helmet wearing, could result in legislation for those 18 and under. Just as wearing a bicycle helmet was made law, if people push for this to be a law, talk about the ridiculous legal costs to your city and how do you enforce it? Explain to me that!
Personal choice is one thing, even mandating it own your own property makes sense, but for all children is sort of overstepping personal boundaries.
     
    07-22-2011, 03:07 AM
  #46
Foal
I agree. I first started out doing trail riding when I was about 6 or 7, my parents didn't know much about horses and I was riding with a family member who doesn't wear helmets so no one thought anything of it. After I started taking lessons and getting into more serious riding when I was 10, I can't think of a time I haven't worn my helmet.
Even if you have a trust worthy horse a helmet very well could save your life.
The BO where we board now ex-husband was riding a 24yr old mare who was as quiet and as unspooky as could be. The BO and her daughter came back from the grocery store to find him laying on the ground and the horse just standing there. The man now has the mind of a 7yr old and lives in a nursing home. A helmet very well could of saved him that. These weren't inexperienced horse people, they've been all over the country showing.
I read another article of a little girl who was killed in a situation that could of been avoided. Her and her mom, who was very horse-smart went out on a quick evening trail ride, the horse spooked and the girl came off. The horse stepped on the girls head and busted it open.
Even just a couple weeks ago, a horse and rider were hit by a car in the town over. The girl's brains ended up scrambled on the sidewalk.

I'm not saying a helmet is going to protect you from everything, because it's not, but they can prevent a lot.
     
    07-22-2011, 11:40 AM
  #47
Started
If you trail ride you should absolutly wear a helmet. Even if its 90 out! On the trail there can be rocks you can't see and if you fall you can land and hit your head on them. Or trees or other things.
     

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