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View Poll Results: Do you wear a helmet?
Sometimes 7 15.56%
All the time 30 66.67%
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post #41 of 84 Old 03-06-2008, 04:39 PM
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I always wear a helmet.

Why? why wouldnt you? It only take one fall to force your family to care for a drooling human being for the rest of their lives. Not mentioning the seizures you will then have dozens of times a day, peeing and crapping yourself because you are no longer able to control your bowels and the millions you are costing health care.

....so, why wouldnt you wear a helmet?

I work in a health care environment where I pick up and see injuries cause by horses either on the ground or during various riding activities.

Those of you who decide to not wear one I truly hope you arent anywhere near me because the last thing I want to do is be forced to pay for YOUR long term health care expenses because you chose NOT to wear protective head equipment.

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You have your opinion i have mine. I don't like to wear a helmet because i find it gets in the way. But thats just me. My dad has been trying to get me to wear a helmet for a few years now. I just can't stand it. I don't know why. I just don't like them.
Indeed we are entitled to our opinions. My reply was not directed to you specifically (which is what your reply seemed to assume).

I honestly don't understand how one can find it rational to not wear protective head gear when the means are there but to each our own. It's an open discussion.
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post #42 of 84 Old 03-06-2008, 05:34 PM
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I always wear a helmet.

Why? why wouldnt you? It only take one fall to force your family to care for a drooling human being for the rest of their lives. Not mentioning the seizures you will then have dozens of times a day, peeing and crapping yourself because you are no longer able to control your bowels and the millions you are costing health care.

....so, why wouldnt you wear a helmet?

I work in a health care environment where I pick up and see injuries cause by horses either on the ground or during various riding activities.

Those of you who decide to not wear one I truly hope you arent anywhere near me because the last thing I want to do is be forced to pay for YOUR long term health care expenses because you chose NOT to wear protective head equipment.

Cheers
Well said!
I always wear my helmet no matter the day or horse.
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post #43 of 84 Old 03-06-2008, 06:00 PM
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I always wear a helmet.

Why? why wouldnt you? It only take one fall to force your family to care for a drooling human being for the rest of their lives. Not mentioning the seizures you will then have dozens of times a day, peeing and crapping yourself because you are no longer able to control your bowels and the millions you are costing health care.

....so, why wouldnt you wear a helmet?

I work in a health care environment where I pick up and see injuries cause by horses either on the ground or during various riding activities.

Those of you who decide to not wear one I truly hope you arent anywhere near me because the last thing I want to do is be forced to pay for YOUR long term health care expenses because you chose NOT to wear protective head equipment.

Cheers
i dont know about others but i have private health insurance so the only people paying for my medical treatment is me and my hubby :)

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post #44 of 84 Old 03-06-2008, 07:51 PM
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i always wear a helmet. and i did what JDI did, i bought myself a really nice one to make it even better to wear it hehe (although not a CO, i wish, i got an IRH). the way i see it, i love riding so much that i dont want to risk not being able to do it anymore, enough said. i respect everyone's opinions, that is mine.

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post #45 of 84 Old 03-06-2008, 07:57 PM
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I wear one when I'm riding--I hate it though. I rode without one for the first year or so, and then my parents said no helmet=no riding. I've always managed to fall on my bottom, but two people in my family have gotten head injuries that could've been prevented with helmets, and one was prevented (the helmet was cracked in two, though.)
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post #46 of 84 Old 03-07-2008, 08:20 AM
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i dont know about others but i have private health insurance so the only people paying for my medical treatment is me and my hubby :)
Jazzy, if you become "plant-type person" after the fall (I mean, have no ability anymore to think normally - like G2 described) neither private insurance here in US will pay for you. You at least have to work to have own insurance (which you obviously can't), and the hubby's insurance can go up to certain limit. So you'll end up on "government subsidy" or something like that. Well, I'm not terribly good at explaining such things, but you got the idea.
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i dont know about others but i have private health insurance so the only people paying for my medical treatment is me and my hubby :)
Jazzy, if you become "plant-type person" after the fall (I mean, have no ability anymore to think normally - like G2 described) neither private insurance here in US will pay for you. You at least have to work to have own insurance (which you obviously can't), and the hubby's insurance can go up to certain limit. So you'll end up on "government subsidy" or something like that. Well, I'm not terribly good at explaining such things, but you got the idea.
I wish it was like that here. Here our health care system is different. You also get some government help but not much. You can get help to a certain sum annually for services, after that you're being covered by the government.
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post #48 of 84 Old 03-07-2008, 12:34 PM
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Check this out:

In the United States
approximate horse related deaths per year: 219
approximate drownings during sports/recreation per year: 1030

Here's the site: Some facts on human deaths in the US. Interestingly, only about 14 people die of dog related incidents each year. That's about as many as shark bites.
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post #49 of 84 Old 03-07-2008, 01:03 PM
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Wow! 14 is quite high. I know some breeds can be extremely aggressive, but still it's very hard to believe dogs can kill people... :(
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post #50 of 84 Old 03-07-2008, 04:09 PM
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Okay, I don't mean to be argumentative here, but I am going to play devil's advocate...

I know that it is much better to wear a helmet than to not, and who knows, maybe this summer is the summer I turn over a new leaf and start wearing one more, BUT

what is to stop you from falling off and breaking you neck - paralyzing you for life?
-A horse falling on you and collapsing a lung?
-kicking you in the face in a freak incident?
-falling on you and shattering multiple bones?
-bucking, rearing, or you just falling of and breaking your back?

My point being, while helmets are helpful in preventing one risk, there are MANY risks associated with handling and riding horses that cannot be planned for or protected against minus full body armor when riding.
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