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    View Poll Results: Do you wear a helmet?
    Sometimes 7 15.56%
    All the time 30 66.67%
    Never 8 17.78%
    Voters: 45. You may not vote on this poll

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        03-04-2008, 07:37 PM
    Cars are more dangerous. And as for seat belts, you have stirrups ha ha.
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        03-04-2008, 08:08 PM
    I would NEVER not wear a helmet
    Am far too safety conscious for that. When I get into the open classes with my hack I will prob have to get a top hat but other than that I always always wear it
        03-04-2008, 09:23 PM
    Green Broke
    I never do. I used to when I took lessons and when I went to camp. I got a helmet, but now it doesn't fit so I don't wear it because it hurts. My trainer HATES helmets because he would have died if he wore one. He fell off a horse and did a flip backwards. If he would have been wearing a helmet the space between his head and the ground wouldn't be there and he would have snapped his neck. So he figures they're more dangerous than they're worth. I don't like them because I ride when it's 100 out with 98% humidity They just annoy me. It wouldn't be bad if I found one that fit and breathed!!
        03-04-2008, 09:54 PM
    I know cars are more dangerous; I'm just saying that helmets do protect you lol, you don't really need a helmet in the car...it's hard to explain. Yes they are more dangerous I was just saying LOL. :P

    Enough about cars its about helmets..but yeah, I always wear one.
    My old trainer never did though & she almost broke her neck!
        03-04-2008, 10:05 PM
    I wear a helmet. Especially now that when I'm training, 90% of the time I'm out there I'm by myself. I went through 6 months of the summer where I worked at a dude ranch, and all of us wranglers didn't wear helmets because 1) it was hot and 2) the horses were dead broke. But now I realize it was slightly dumb... I just bought a really nice helmet that I love (it's a Charles Owen) and I love to wear it because it's so nice. I don't usually wear one while schooling on the ground, unless the horse is very unpredictable.
        03-05-2008, 07:08 AM
    Originally Posted by tim
    People drive cars everyday but they don't wear helmets for that.
    People ride motorcycles every day and I've never seen one without the helmet. In fact, I've never seen the biker in my area without the helmet either.
        03-05-2008, 07:49 AM
    I grew up riding with nothing in my noggin than a cowboy hat :) it wasnt until I started riding english and agisting at places that I was required to wear a helmet.

    We are supposed to wear helmets at the pony club to but I only do when there are other people there who will tell on me lol

    To me when I first started wearing a helmet it felt unnatural. Id spent 15 years riding without one and when I put one on id feel constricted in some way. Its hard to explain. Im not good with feeling confined on any part of my body. Im slightly claustrophobic so I think that explains it. Even though I wear a helmet it is too big for me so that I can handle having it on. I know it wont do me much good if anything happens but I have to wear one so I do it this way. I know its not good and I know awful accidents can happen but I figure thousands of riders over time havent worn on and im sure that the incidence of a fatal head injury is much lower than the number of people who have ever ridden without one.

    Plus like someone else said, I live in a very hot climate with major humidity. Even when its not hot its humid and I don't deal well with sweating that much. I get run down and feel sick very easily if there is something on or around me that makes me hotter.

    So like AK im probably too stubborn and silly for my own good but hey, if im going to die im going to do it coming off a horse. I guess its easy to get complacent to when you havent had a buster in about 11 years and only roughly 4 falls in my whole life. I know pride comes before a fall but im on a good wicket at the moment

    Having said that, its my choice to not wear one so I am not telling anyone to go riding without one. Its just the way I work :)
        03-05-2008, 08:02 AM
    I just started wearing a helmet. It doesn't bother me since I always wear some sort of hat to protect from the sun. I just wish they had a wider brim to keep the sun off the neck and ears like a western hat. I keep stampede strings on all my hats, got tired of loosing them in the wind, so the strap on the helmet was no big adjustment.
        03-05-2008, 04:34 PM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by kitten_Val

    People ride motorcycles every day and I've never seen one without the helmet. In fact, I've never seen the biker in my area without the helmet either.
    You need to get out more.
        03-05-2008, 04:42 PM
    I do know in some states its a law to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, and not in other states.

    I know in NJ you have to wear a helmet, but in NY you don't.

    I think the people that don't wear helmets when riding (a motorcycle) are stupid because don't only do you have to control your bike, but you have to watch out for everyone else on the road. And i'm sure any collision involving a bike and car/truck or whatever does not end pretty.

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