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post #61 of 84 Old 03-07-2008, 09:34 PM
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haha if you want to be enticed to wear a helmet, buy a really nice one.
When I worked at the dude ranch, I didn't wear a helmet because, well, it was hot, among other things, and to be VERY vain, I think I look stupid in most helmets. So, I went out and found a helmet that I think I look alright in and bought it - $400 later, I can't justify not wearing it :P

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post #62 of 84 Old 03-07-2008, 10:11 PM
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Oh yes, arguing about helmets.

Sounds like a blast :roll:
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post #63 of 84 Old 03-07-2008, 11:09 PM
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There are a lot of good reasons for wearing a helmet. Saying, 'I don't like the way it feels'... is kind of stupid, in my opinion. That's like driving a car and not using the seatbelt because it bothers you. Are you old enough to make that decision? Of course you are. Problem is, it doesn't mean it's the right one.
I choose not to wear a helmet. I ride and train my own horses, and have an unusual sense of balance. I rode and broke horses right off the race track with a ex-jockey, and after getting thrown multiple times, somehow I learned to stay on for the worse of it.
My horses I have now do not act up. They do not rear, or buck. He can certainly stumble, but I try to keep my horses fresh enough so they never feel tired enough to stumble because of tired muscles. They spook from time to time but they don't really go anywhere, and I've had them for two years. However, saying 'I trust my horses' is a pretty stupid thing to say, too. How many times have you heard a horse owner say 'I NEVER would have thought my horse would do that!!' You hear it DAILY. People do not understand horses as much as they think they do, half of the time. But, I digress. I ride my horses calmly, but at the same time I am /always/ prepared. (It also helps that I mainly ride them in fields... no roads or fences to get thrown off into!)
I am not against wearing helmets, though. If I ride an unbroke colt, or a horse that is known to act up--sure, I'll throw one on. It only makes sense. Sometimes I wear one if I'm jumping, but only if the jumps are bigger then a foot and a half (or if it's someones horse).
Mainly, I don't because I have confidence in me and my horses, but I own four so I always have one on hand if needed.
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post #64 of 84 Old 03-08-2008, 04:44 AM
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I grew up with "if you don't wear a helmet you can't even sit on your pony"
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post #65 of 84 Old 03-08-2008, 10:15 AM
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I use hunt caps at shows.
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post #66 of 84 Old 03-08-2008, 12:16 PM
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I always always always wear a helmet. I feel really weird when I don't have one on even if I am walking!! I had a bad fall about 3 years ago and if I wouldn't have had a helmet the horse I was riding would have crushed my head and honestly I wouldn't be here today. The helment took a full impact of the hoof and from then on I don't think twice about wearing a helmet. I always forget I have one on and if it gets in the way then it probably doesn't fit properly. You want to make sure that when you move it on your head your eyebrows move too.

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post #67 of 84 Old 03-09-2008, 07:54 AM
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I wear a helmet whenever mounted.

I can kind of understand the arguement of "I don't wear a helmet because it doesn't feel right or is awkward, etc."

Because I'm the complete opposite!

If I DON'T wear a helmet it feels awkward to me!! One time I needed to quickly hop on a horse for a friend and didn't have my helmet in hand. I had my hair in a ponytail and OMG as we trotted that ponytail swung back and forth and drove me NUTS! It just wasn't what I was used to. I'm very much a creature of habit and if I don't have my helmet, gloves, boots, 1/2 chaps, breeches...I feel weird! I'm glad my parents/instructors made helmet wearing a habit for me.
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post #68 of 84 Old 03-09-2008, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by jazzyrider
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.
private insurance works differently here (depending of course on the type of cover you choose). we are covered for a) all medical costs involved with any injury whether accidental or otherwise and b) wage loss insurance. it means that if something were to happen and i couldnt work, the average of my wage is paid to me or my husband if its him who is unable to work.

thats beside the point. it was just a silly little thing indicating that no one else would be paying for my own decisions as mentioned by someone else

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post #69 of 84 Old 03-09-2008, 08:14 AM
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I insist that my daughters where a helmet every ride.

It's hard to ask them to wear if I don't, So usually wear one when I ride with them. I wear one when riding young horse. But I will go with out when I ride with my cowboy friends and I'm on a very controllable horse.

That said, I've got stories of people who should have had helments on. I managed a CTR for many years and had one of our safety riders, bringing up the rear. His horse stumbled and went down, rolled over him and gave him a concussion. He spent a night in the local hospital.

Another girl was riding with us one day on a local ride. We were riding 3 a breast on a dirt rode at a good foxtrot. Her horse stumbled and planted it's nose in the rode and cartwheeled over.Slaming that girl face first into the dirt rode.

Two summers ago a death was reported in the paper of a rodeo star who had won many many barrel racing competitions, She was riding her trusted barrel horse and while crossing the road to pick up her mail, it slipped on the asphalt road and went down, breaking her neck. A hemet would not have saved her. I mention it to show that even very experienced riders on very experienced horses have accidents.

My daughters don't even ask not to wear it. They just automatically put them on.
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post #70 of 84 Old 03-09-2008, 08:19 AM
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so i suppose everyone is upset that john wayne didnt wear a helmet in his movies. but that seems to be ok. its just something i notice. its fine for the western world to just wear hats but if we are just loping around an arena we must be armoured up :roll:

everyone has the right to have their own ways for whatever reason. why dont some people wear helmets? some people feel claustrophic, some feel encumbered, some have grown up not wearing them and have trouble getting used to them and so on.

ive seen many horse accodents in my life and only one of them involved head injuries and the person was wearing a helmet and the injury was made worse by the helmet. even the ambulance guys said so when they came. its not only head injuries that can kill and paralyse. back injuries, neck injuries etc so unless we are going to wear full body armour every time we ride then we are never safe from life threatening or changing injuries. sure wearing a helmet may cut down ONE area of danger but on the flip side, can cause as many problems as they do anything else.

i for one have been through the craziest horses of my life and the worst falls in my life without a helmet and have never sustained bad injury. fatal head injuries are usually freak occurances. but hey, i know the risk and choose to not wear one all the time. when im jumping i do and when im riding jarred i do but thats all.

but thats me and while i take this view on it i dont endorse people making a decision based on what i do. everyone should make their own mind up

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