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View Poll Results: Do you wear a helmet while riding?
Yes 84 64.12%
No 26 19.85%
Yes, except while showing 2 1.53%
Sometimes 19 14.50%
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post #21 of 45 Old 06-27-2012, 06:00 PM
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Yes. Have no reason not to.

My helmet doesn't make me any hotter than I already am from riding, and I'm in AL.
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post #22 of 45 Old 06-27-2012, 06:13 PM
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Always, it's like a seatbelt, it's your choice. Generally you're fine, but if the time comes when you need one you'll be glad of it.
Also I say this to people driving too, you may be a good driver but you can't rely on anyone else to be safe, or your car/horse either. Anything can happen.

I've been kicked in the head, close range by a horse which tripped on a corner in the school. Just trotting along steadily, she tripped and fell over and flailed wildly and kicked me in the head at least once, well on the lump of my skull which was luckily protected by, well the lump and my helmet. Scared the life out of me but apart from that I was fine, I get lucky.
I wear a helmet when leading and riding. If I am working with an unfamiliar horse, at all times. In fact normally after I've ridden I keep it on till I leave.
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post #23 of 45 Old 06-27-2012, 11:57 PM
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Yes, but only because I really like my brains. I wouldn't be able to ride without them!

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post #24 of 45 Old 06-28-2012, 11:15 AM
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I do not use one. DO not like then.

My vet is trying to bet me to do a WD class at their Dressage show in Sept. When I called for info as they do not have it on their site they said I could not ware my cowboy hat that I had to use a Helmet. So now not sure if I will show in this show b/c of this. Not to mention they are forcing everyone to show out of a stall. I live 20 min from where they are showing and will be there less thena few hours and they want me to pay for a stall. Sorry I digress. Just ticks me off at times.

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post #25 of 45 Old 06-28-2012, 12:50 PM
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I almost always wear a helmet. If I'm just riding around the arena bareback for a little bit or riding him out to turnout I usually don't but if I am actually schooling and/ cantering/jumping I always do.

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post #26 of 45 Old 06-28-2012, 01:08 PM
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I always wear one when riding. It's just habit, like clicking the seat belt when I get into a car, and I'm so used to it that I forget I'm wearing it. For me, it's a matter of being better safe than sorry. I'd probably not participate in a show or class if I were not allowed to wear my helmet, lol. Very rarely is it anyone but me who rides my horse, but I generally insist on guest riders, especially kids, helmeting-up as well on my horses and/or property.

It's collective-your head and collective-your choice, IMO, especially on your own horses and property.

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post #27 of 45 Old 06-28-2012, 01:39 PM
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I always wear a helmet. To me the risks of a head injury were just not worth it. Horses are very large prey animals. Even the most well trained, obedient horses will have moments, or accidents.

I fell a few years ago off of the most placid, easygoing gelding in the stable I rode at. He spooked at nothing with no warning and started bucking. I wound up with a mild to moderate concussion after he knocked me out when my head hit his neck.

My short-term memory isn't anywhere near what it used to be. That was WITH the helmet. The doctors that saw me afterwards are very certain that I would have wound up in Intensive Care without it- and credit the helmet for saving me from a potentially life threatening head injury.

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post #28 of 45 Old 06-28-2012, 05:04 PM
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I chose "sometimes" because I do wear a helmet when I'm riding farther away from my house, but when I'm riding in the roundpen or close to my house, I don't usually because there's always somebody there. Especially when it's really hot out...
Other than that, yes, because I think they can save your life!

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post #29 of 45 Old 06-28-2012, 05:07 PM
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Nope never do, but I respect those who do and expect the same respect back.
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post #30 of 45 Old 06-28-2012, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by BarrelRacingLvr View Post
Nope never do, but I respect those who do and expect the same respect back.
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I appreciate that, I know someone who doesn't ride with one and calls people that do "wimps", To each his own. [or her own]
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