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post #1 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 12:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hello, all: I've enjoyed browsing these posts, and looking at your pictures. I've not seen (or maybe I've missed) any discussion of wearing riding helmets. I had a bad fall five years ago, and a helmet saved my life. Even though I have a gentle horse on pasture, I'm not sure I am comfortable riding without one. What are people's thoughts? (No judgments, here...)
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post #2 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 12:51 AM
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Hi Anne Welcome to the forum
sorry you had an accident and that now you are okay

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post #3 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 01:14 AM
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I made a pledge that my girls and I would wear them to a friend. She is an amazing horsewoman with an amazing horse. He slipped on the side of the road and she died for three minutes. Would have been fine if she had a helmet. Sure - a lot could happen, and I grew up without wearing them... but have honored my friend's request. My horses are reliable, but you never know!
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post #4 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 01:23 AM
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We usually try to stay away from that topic. I think most of us feel like it's a personal choice and leave it at that.

I don't wear them and my kids don't wear them but I won't tell you that you look ridiculous if you don't tell me how irresponsible I am.

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post #5 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 01:29 AM
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some people wear them, some people dont. Not much else to be said.
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post #6 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 01:30 AM
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I got into the habit of wearing one when I worked at a Girl Scout horse camp. EVERYONE, regardless of age or experience with horses, had to wear a helmet for insurance reasons. Now, I feel naked if I don't wear one. Before I worked at the camp, I'd never worn a helmet in my life (well, except to ride a bike, but I don't do that hardly at all 'cuz I have horrible balance on bikes).

The trainer at our barn had a nasty fall when she was going out with a dude string ride and the horse she was riding freaked out crossing the road. Horse reared and the trainer (who has an amazing seat and has been around horses her whole life) came off and landed hard on the pavement. She had a major concussion that could have been prevented had she been wearing her helmet (the ONE TIME in years of riding that she didn't wear one).

It is a personal choice and I'm not one to judge people either way. I, however, wouldn't be caught on a horse without one.

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post #7 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 02:19 AM
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After having a bad fall where a helmet saved my life, I wouldn't be without one. Even on a "bombproof" horse, accidents happen, like Jennerbear said about the horse slipping.

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post #8 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 02:35 AM
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I got thrown/ fell saturday. See there was this girl........ I wasnt really doing anything. Came to a curve on the trail and stopped, was twisted around in the saddle waiting on her to catch up, Suddenly I had no horse under me. Guy I was with caught my horse and I jumped back on before said girl caught up,,, "whew that was a close one" I thought ,"cool points intact."
But of course being the good buddy people are, one of them hollered out,,, "HEY YOU MISSED IT, JOE FELL OFF !"
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post #9 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 03:17 AM
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Its part of the contract at my yard that a helmet must be worn while riding, and local shows around here state In the rules that you have to wear a helmet while mounted. I've always worn one for proper riding, but I've been known to hop up on sun in the field without one at old yards. I don't mind the feeling of them so they don't bother me.
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post #10 of 70 Old 02-06-2012, 03:37 AM
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I wear it when I feel I should if I'm staying in the arena and doing flatwork (that depends on how my horse is acting and how spirited he is), but I always wear it if I'm jumping or going trail riding.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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