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        11-04-2008, 07:21 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RusticWildFire    
    Yes, you never know when something is going to spook them. Even the most sound horse can be spooked by something.
    That is just so true! Ever since he's bucked me off I haven't thought twice about wearing my helmet, it's just a matter of which one I want to ride in that day (i have 2)

    I'm also getting into a routine of wearing my vest as well.
         
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        11-04-2008, 07:25 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by appylover31803    
    That is just so true! Ever since he's bucked me off I haven't thought twice about wearing my helmet, it's just a matter of which one I want to ride in that day (i have 2)

    I'm also getting into a routine of wearing my vest as well.

    That's good! I never used to wear my helmet except when we had to in 4-H. Scooter is so bomb proof and I just didn't know better. I was pretty new to horses when I got him but now that I have Hunter and as unpredictable as he can be I realize the importance of wearing a helmet no matter what. You get so used to it anyway that you don't realize it is there. Plus, now that I wear it a lot it's just like me with my seat belt in a car. I feel much better with it on. It feels awkward without it.
         
        11-04-2008, 11:13 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    WOW
    I have worn a helmet every single time I've ridden...and after reading this...im so so glad that I did and still do wear a helmet at all times...
    Bless those poor people =(
         
        11-05-2008, 12:21 AM
      #14
    Foal
    That is very sad. I always wear a helmet, I have heard many stories of people who have been in serious accidents and have been saved by their helmets. I know someone who had an accident a few years ago and would have died if she had not been wearing a helmet.
         
        11-05-2008, 12:23 AM
      #15
    Trained
    I second that sentiment! Used to think helmets were too uncool when I was young, but wore one when I rode new, unknown horses at the trail co I worked for. Lucky, as one new horse I rode freaked when I got off to wait for a slower group to catch up & reared over me, kicking my head on the way down. Same horse, similar situation with a rider who felt much cooler than me... until horse reared & luckily only tore the guy's scalp in a huge flap that hung down over his forehead - could have been much worse!

    A couple of years ago a friend was riding her horse through the bush when he went under a low branch & wiped her out. She ended up with a broken neck, but the docs said she would have been dead without her helmet.

    Helmets are cool enough for me!
         
        11-05-2008, 12:31 AM
      #16
    Showing
    I wear a helmet 99% of the time... usually when I'm not it's when I'm doing a photo shoot and feel very confident on my mount.

    My advice? Go and buy a helmet that you love and looks good on you. Spend a lot of money on it.
    I did, and I love wearing my helmet because it actually looks good on, and I can't not wear it because it cost me an arm and a leg.. weird reasoning, maybe, but I love my helmet now.


    I am so sorry for the families' losses and near losses... I feel for them, and send my best wishes out.
         
        11-05-2008, 01:54 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    I agree with everyone else here. I teach kids how to ride now and then, and am always preaching head safety - you just don't know what could happen. Sure there's been the few times that I haven't - like JDI mentioned, I did a photo shoot a few years back. Another time I completely forgot to put it on and only realised five minutes into my ride (lol I was wondering why I could feel the wind on my head). Other than that I'm a big believer in helmets. I've just recently taken a fall off my big gelding and hit my head in the process - would hate to think what it would have been like if I had no helmet on!

    I feel for those who have lost a dear one to head injuries without a helmet on.
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        11-05-2008, 02:50 AM
      #18
    Foal
    I want to purchase a helmet for me and my 6 yr old dtr. Can someone please tell me the best helmet brands to browse?
         
        11-05-2008, 07:10 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    I love my charles owen. Its purple and blue. I don't feel like any of this matters, I was talking to a friend the other day. She was told by the person she rides with that she had to wear a hat while the owner canters along a road(i know ) without a helmet. When I asked the owner her respone was my horse my rules to both. I was livid!
         
        11-05-2008, 10:23 AM
      #20
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by loosie    
    A couple of years ago a friend was riding her horse through the bush when he went under a low branch & wiped her out. She ended up with a broken neck, but the docs said she would have been dead without her helmet.
    OMG! That's a scary story!...
         

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