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    03-16-2011, 11:56 AM
I also recommend not buying a used helmet because you don't know how many falls or impacts the rider has taken in it and if its ability to protect YOUR head has been compromised in any way.

I'm not a stickler for helmets - I ride in one most of the time, but there are plenty of times I have ridden without one and I tend to ride w/o one on trails. I believe yes they DO absolutely protect you and you should wear one when you ride, but I also don't feel that preaching about it helps lol. Esp since I don't always wear one.
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    03-16-2011, 02:43 PM
I've been riding in troxel and aegis for a while now, but just got an IRH in the mail. My troxel is a generic schooling helmet that changes sizes via a dial in the back. It is super comfy and great for just riding around. It also has super ventilation.
    03-16-2011, 02:57 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by JJackson    
Do you wear a helmet when riding? If so, what helmet would you recommend for CASUAL riding (no showing obviously)?
Yes OP I do wear a helmet. Right now it's a troxel, but like many stated here, I'm looking into a Tipperary.

Oh, my helmet is very light weight, well ventilated and I don't even notice it's on. If it's not comfy, I'd be less likely to wear it.
    03-16-2011, 02:57 PM
I should also mention that I am anti-troxel, esp the lower end basic ones. I had an adult student fall of at the trot slowly and land seemingly without injury. The helmet cracked in the back. 10 min later she had no short term memory at all.

Ever see 50 first dates with adam sandler? Remember 10 second tom? Yeah like that. IRL. Scary. She was medivaced out and was okay within 48h but talk about scary.

She bought a tipperary after that.

Imo there is a difference between meeting the safety standards and exceeding them.
    03-16-2011, 03:35 PM
Green Broke
I know I will get bashed for this but I'm going to post anyway, so go ahead..I'm probably not even going to defend myself..I go through it enough..

I have NEVER worn a helmet..and I don't plan on it. People get on my all the time about. I have become a professional at falling off my whole 22 years of life and I haven't gotten worse than a dislocated and cracked elbow (knock on wood)..that being said..My aunt did WP for a VERY long time and she had alot of horses that boarded at her house..there was a girl about 14 or 15 that rode english and at a show her horse spooked in the arena and reared up and she went off his back and broke her neck and died BECAUSE she had a helmet on..Doctors said it, not me..the impact from the landing pushed the helmet into her neck and she died instantly. It was horrible and alot of people I know stopped wearing a helmet after that....saddest funeral ever..casket was pulled in on a wagon with her paint following it with her tack on and her boots stuck in the stirrups..
    03-16-2011, 03:38 PM
Drum, this isn't a helmet/non-helmet bashing thread.

The OP merely asked if people wore helmets, and if they did, what kind they recommend. Maybe you should have read the OP's first post before you got off on a tangent?
    03-16-2011, 03:41 PM
Green Broke
Oh don't get me wrong. I'm NOT bashing at all..I say a helmet is a great idea and people wear them for a reason..I agree that people should wear a helmet. I just don't wear one..in my association I show with if you are under 13 you HAVE to wear a helmet and we encourage people to wear one.. I'm not being anti-helmet at all..
    03-16-2011, 04:36 PM
Green Broke
I always wear a helmet.

I love my Charles Owen Fiona for showing! As close as you can get to a beagler whilst still maintaining a top class level of protection. It only ever comes out of its padded bag at shows!

For every day riding I wear a Charles Owen young rider velvet hat (yes I have a small head) this used to be my show hat untill I got the Fiona.
    03-16-2011, 09:26 PM
I always ride with a helmet. At the stable where I ride it is compulsory, so are back protectors for jumping. You tend to just become used to it. No recommendation though. I am in the process of getting a better helmet.
    03-17-2011, 12:00 AM
I always do. Even if it is simply walking bareback. Why? I almost died in a horse accident last year. If it wasn't for my IRH Helmet I wouldn't be posting this.

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