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post #1 of 421 Old 10-08-2010, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Shocked at how many people DO NOT wear their helmets!!!

I just started officially riding my horse last summer and luckily I wore my helmet cause I fell off him and on to the road. If I didn't wear my helmet I'm sure I would've had a head injury. My question is why do people not wear their helmets?

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post #2 of 421 Old 10-08-2010, 04:43 PM
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Because helmet hair is not in style.

I'm joking, but it bothers me too when people don't wear a helmet
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post #3 of 421 Old 10-08-2010, 04:47 PM
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Let it go, child, let it go......

You've just opened up a Pandora's Box. I sincerely hope you had no idea of the trainwreck your thread is likely to start.

I wear a helmet. Some people don't. It's an individual, personal decision.

Except for children, who should always, absolutely wear a helmet when they ride, adults have the right to make their own decisions.
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Well it's a matter of choice. But to me, it doesn't hurt to add protection for my head.

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I am also an adult. I just don't find it safe at all.

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I am also an adult.
My apologies. You write like someone much younger.

That's fine if you find it 'not safe'. It's your prerogative to wear a helmet. It's also another person's prerogative not to.

I wear a helmet. I didn't always, but I do now.

It's not up to me to lecture another adult about their non usage of a helmet.
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SR, I don't think they are talking about the "right" to wear or not wear, but about the "smartness" of the decision to wear or not to wear one.

Personally I didn't use one for quite a while. Felt uncomfortable, eta eta eta... Until the day my saddle broke (without even a hint something is wrong when I saddled), throwing me over the head of my youngster (thank God it was on walk!). That day I realized (yes, I know, silly me to take so long), that unfortunately accidents don't depend on your ability to ride a horse or on how well trained/quiet horse is.

I also want to add that helmets don't protect against everything, but they are handy when you run into the branch on trail or hit your head on something solid when fall off the horse (or together with the horse).
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SR, I don't think they are talking about the "right" to wear or not wear, but about the "smartness" of the decision to wear or not to wear one.
Kitten, but don't you think that's the same thing?

Do I think it's foolishness to get on a horse without a helmet? Yes.

Do I get a free pass to harangue another adult about it? No.

It's all about what people consider acceptable risk. For me, acceptable risk includes wearing a helmet. For others, they don't think it's a necessary factor.

Saying that wearing a helmet is 'smart' implies that people who don't are stupid. I'm not getting into that can of worms.
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The only time I don't wear a helmet is when I forget to put it on. It needs to become more a habit for me but hasn't yet. Unfortunately.

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Kitten, but don't you think that's the same thing?
Nope. Everyone has a right of free speech as well. Would I go to every rider without a helmet and comment that I think it's unsafe? Definitely not (although I can recommend it to the total beginner who's just starting riding). But I have no problem stating my opinion in "general" conversation without pointing finger.

BTW, you can be very smart and still do silly things. Not sure if I'm smart or not, but I do silly things all the time. :)

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