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post #1 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 08:07 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Riding Instructor not wearing helmet...grrrr

People in general not wearing helmets while riding bug me. But an instructor not wearing a helmet while his STUDENTS are present? Way to set a good example. NOT. Ughhh.

So here's the story.

The farm where my sister rides had an open house. This farm speacilizes in driving and hunt seat. The open house was going great until the very end. Everyone had left except for a couple of his students and parents. My sister's instructor decided to ride for us. I was exactly excited at first because I've never seen him ride. Wellllll, he gets on this huge Shire-cross mare WITHOUT a helmet, in front of students and parents. I openly asked where is his helmet. Everyone started making stupid excuses for him. I gave up and just stood there. He finished riding and got off. This is what made me even crazier. His student then got on the horse WITHOUT a helmet and proceeded to ride the horse. Not to mention that the horse was crazy and bucking.

Anyways, am I overreacting? Should I not be concerned about this? Please give me your opinions! Thanks

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post #2 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 08:37 AM
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Just worry about your head and not others
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post #3 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 08:38 AM
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I can tell people all day long that helmets are a smart option but the truth is that unless Im going over jumps I don't wear one. Ever. Including when Im breaking horses.
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post #4 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 08:40 AM
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I'm with you. I think it's stupid to get on a 1200 pound animal without something to protect your head. On that same note, I also think it's stupid to get in a vehicle and not wear a seat belt.

Unfortunately though, you well never convince some people that being safe is worth 'looking silly' or your 'head being hot' or whatever lame, lazy excuse they can come up with. Not my head, not my problem.
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post #5 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 08:51 AM
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I figure its a matter of personal choice. Is it a good idea? Yep, you bet it is. Do I wear one? Nope. Dont wear one on my motor cycle either. My head my choice. That being said. When my nephew gets up on my horse, he wears one or he doesn't get to ride her. Same when I take him out on the back of the wheeler or the sled.
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post #6 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 09:40 AM
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As a general helmet thread, I wouldn't get into it, but as an instructor, I think there should be a bit of a difference. I require anybody that rides at my farm that is UNDER 18 wear a helmet at all times when mounted. This has more to do with liability than anything else. That said, if any of my students are present, I will ALWAYS wear a helmet. That doesn't mean I always wear one when they aren't around, because I don't. But it falls into the category of responsible trainer and good example. They are learning from me, and if I require a helmet of them, then I should wear one myself. I do not judge anyone else one way of the other. It it up to them what they do, but my facility, my rules.

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post #7 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 09:49 AM
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Is the instructor an adult? Then it is his choice on wether or not to wear a helmet. End of story.

I have seen my coach hop on a bratty pony mid lesson without a helmet and school it for 5 minutes and then hand it back to the kid. She is an adult, so I am not about to question her about it.

It is not your decision to make for someone else.

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post #8 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 09:58 AM
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What "stupid excuses" were they making for him?

I know an instructor who never rides with a helmet. She's never gotten any flack about it, and she requires anyone under 18 to wear one.
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post #9 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 10:11 AM
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My trainer/instructor does not wear a helmet. Why? Because she is an adult and does not need someone else treating her like a child by telling her to put one on her head.

Instead of worrying about everyone else, why not worry about yourself?

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post #10 of 46 Old 11-25-2010, 10:34 AM
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Then don't train with the guy.
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