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    11-11-2008, 03:23 PM
  #31
Trained
I hardly ever wear my helmt, but I don't think that is a good idea. I do own one, but it doesn't fit right and I just can't put the money out ot buy myself a good one. I know the dangers of riding and it's my shoice not to wear a helmet.
     
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    11-22-2008, 09:07 PM
  #32
Foal
I wear a helmet every time, every ride. It doesn't matter if I ride someone else's horse or my own, who I trust very much. He's never done anything silly with me for the past two years I've owned him, nor had he done many silly things with his past owner. But I still wear one, all the same, because it doesn't matter if you're riding a "bomb-proof" horse, stuff happens and you could go flying at any minute. :\ And life is too precious to toss away just because you won't wear something as simple as a helmet.
     
    11-25-2008, 05:54 PM
  #33
Weanling
*shudder* stories like that freak me out

I have a true story about a helmet that happened to someone at our pony club only about 6 months ago.

'Jane' was at a horse show and she got on her horse next to her float. Once 'Jane' was on, her mare turned around to bite a fly but got her teeth hooked over the stirrup iron. The mare panicked, lost her balance and fell. Jane fell off, hitting her head on the metal tyre guard of the horse float. Her helmet was smashed but Jane (apart from being freaked out!) was fine.

Other PC members have told similar stories. Needless to say, I always wear a helmet!

I think helmets should also be worn when working around horses also. Just last week, I was squatting down putting boots on my mare when a fly bothered her and she quickly stomped her front leg. She hit me hard on the head with her knee. While this was unlikely to cause serious injuries even without a helmet, there are certainly reasons to wear a helmet at all times when working with horses. However, I must be honest and say I don't ALWAYS wear a helmet when on the ground... just always when riding.
     
    11-27-2008, 01:41 PM
  #34
Foal
My approach to helmets is very simple. If there's no helmet, I won't get on the horse, no matter the situation.
     
    11-27-2008, 04:06 PM
  #35
Foal
I never wear a helmet unless it's a requirement (ie 4H shows and riding the school horses at the university). I also wear a hunt cap (but not helmet) when I show HUS.
The injuries I've had wouldn't have been prevented with a helmet and it's my choice whether I wear one or not...I hear the stories and go "eeeee" but it doesn't change anything.
My cousin however is made to wear a helmet- she is 12 and isn't an adult yet so she doesn't get to make that decision.
     
    11-27-2008, 11:44 PM
  #36
Foal
I always wear my helmet. Always.
     
    11-28-2008, 11:23 PM
  #37
Foal
I always wear my helmet. No matter what, for a short ride or a show I will always have it on. In 2007, when my horse bolted and I fell off my head hit the side of a rock. My mom was shocked when she noticed a crack in my helmet. That was the point in which I realized I could have cracked my skull. I put my money in a more sturdy helmet so if an accident ever happens again my head will be protected.
     
    11-29-2008, 07:56 AM
  #38
Trained
My wife always does.
We require any children riding our mares to wear them.
I never do, but I know I should...probably a 'guy' thing.
     
    11-29-2008, 02:12 PM
  #39
Green Broke
What a tragic story and my sincere condolences to the family who lost their loved one I have ALWAYS worn a helmet, it's something my trainer always insisted on and now I'm so used to it, I'd feel naked if I was on my horse and didn't have my helmet on! I got bucked off another horse once in the middle of a field, and I was wearing it that day, thank God. Thankfully, I didn't hit my head, but all I could think about is what if I had fallen a different way or hit a tree on the way down? It's because of stories like the above that I am always reminded to wear it...just like PoptartShop says above "SAFETY FIRST!"

Thanks for posting kitten_Val, it's definitely a shocking but eye-opening story and a good reminder to us all.
     
    11-29-2008, 02:26 PM
  #40
Started
There was this one time last summer that I had a lesson and thought about not having a helmet (we had gone pretty far from the stables) but, I deceided to run and get it.
Now I just thank myself for that decision. I fell off that day, and cracked the helmet.
It creeps me out how close I got to a severe injury
     

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