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post #11 of 23 Old 12-11-2012, 01:27 PM
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I have never wore a helmet...my daughter will on occasion as will the granddaughter. Your choice unless you are under 18 or at a barn that requires one.
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post #12 of 23 Old 12-11-2012, 01:34 PM
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At the horse camp i work at over the summers it is required for everyone to wear a helmet, even the counselors who are all over eighteen. I would much rather protect my brain then let my luscious locks flow free in the wind and find myself with a rather serious brain injury if something were to go wrong =/

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post #13 of 23 Old 12-11-2012, 01:40 PM
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but my friend says that helmets are more unsafe then safe... she said you have a higgher risk of falling off and breaking your neck with a helmet on then without one on?????
Where do people get the idea that helmets weigh so much that they make you top heavy? That simply isn't correct.

If your balance is so crappy that the few ounces a helmet weighs is going to topple you over, you probably need to stay off a horse altogether.
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post #14 of 23 Old 12-11-2012, 02:50 PM
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I vote wear one..but I should also point out that I dont. If I were required to at a show or such, I wouldnt go.
I get claustrophobic with anything more than a light hat turned backwards in my head..I cant even put hoods up on jackets. While a helmet doesnt make me top-heavy, I pay more attention to it than the horse im on..which is imo much more dangerous than riding without a helmet.
I encourage everyone to wear a helmet..I just don't because I didnt start out with one, and when I tried one I came off a little bunny hop that I otherwise wouldve stayed on for or stopped it from happening in the first place.

But regardless of your or anyone else's opinion..if your mum says to wear one, do it if you're a minor, no questions asked. Because if you're a minor, she's the one that's probably paying for your horse.
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post #15 of 23 Old 12-11-2012, 03:27 PM
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I personally would rather not wear one. That being said- I did not enforce the rule on my 8 year old while I was leading the horse she was on. A bird came thru the fence and spooked the horse and she went off. When I realized she wasnt moving after she landed we called 911. took her to the hospital and after 9 hours of MRI's , x-rays, and tests, she only had a few bruises and a very slight concussion that the drs werent worried about. Considered ourselves VERY lucky! Now, she wears a helmet... If she would have had it on that time we wouldnt have had to go to the hospital. Could have been a WHOLE LOT worse! If you are under 18 - or still living under your parents' roof... WEAR A HELMET :)

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post #16 of 23 Old 12-12-2012, 09:43 PM
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So my first response is obviously your friend has fallen off and hit her head to come up with such a ridiculous statement as helmets cause more injuries then they prevent.

Frankly it comes down to its your life.... do you want to take a risk of living it in a wheelchair with a family member or hired help changing your diapers and wiping the drool from your mouth?
Yes I know there is no guarantee's that this will or won't happen... but thats the lottery you play when you don't ride with a helmet.

I'm at home now recovering from a fall - and even with the helmet I ended up so concussed that as I got up to walk over to my horse I fell down again and had a full on seizure. I will tell you NOTHING in my life (and its been a long one) prepared me for that feeling. Your body is reacting and you are just along for the ride.

That helmet saved me from the likelihood of permanent brain damage. And that was just from a single buck coming off on sand. A helmet has actually saved my life two other times. Once on pavement - lost my memory for two weeks and ended up in the hospital. Never did get those two weeks back.

And another time again on soft landing but bounced over to a rock. Split my helmet.

I know wearing a helmet is a choice, but frankly why would you risk it. Is it pretty - no - but neither is brain damage. Will it protect your neck... nope but if that becomes a concern for you, then I would invest in a blow up vest. Which after the number of accidents of recently I've suffered that is my next step.

All it takes is one bad fall - and no one knows when thats going to happen. I can give you list of extremely talented and experienced pro riders whose lives were saved by helmets. I suspect that they are as talented as they come, but when your number for coming off is called, even the most talented cannot stop a fall from going sideways.

Good luck with your choice.
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post #17 of 23 Old 12-13-2012, 04:33 AM
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I think people get the idea that a helmet is more dangerous than riding without one from something an old trainer told me- that wearing an ill fitting helmet is just as bad, if not worse, as not wearing a helmet at all.

That said, I am scared to ride without them as a 'just in case' and I think it's horrid that someone would ever try to convince somebody to not wear a helmet. If you don't want to, fine, awesome! But don't suggest someone else do the same.
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post #18 of 23 Old 12-13-2012, 12:28 PM
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I don't wear a helmet very often. But I required my daughters to wear one every ride. Mainly because they were not as experienced of riders, didn't always have as much control of the horses as more experienced riders have. They also don't have the strength to "man handle" a horse that is mis-behaving. So I believed they had a "Greater Risk" of possible being thrown than I do.

I do wear a helmet when I work young horses. I do wear a helment when I'm in evironments where the horses are more likely to get spooked or excited. i.e. Riding in an endurance race where you have 100 strange horses all moving at trots and faster speeds. I just think the risk increases because of the everything going on around you.

Riders need to access the risk. Their skills, their horses, the enviroment that they are riding in and make the decision about wearing safety gear. Many of us grew up in a time when we never wore helmets for any activity. I can't tell you how many hours I've spent riding bikes, skiing in addition to riding the horses with out a helmet. As personal protection has become more recognized as being valuable, more comfortable to wear and more cost effective to buy, we see helmets used in more and more sports. People almost never ride a bike now days with out a helmet, Half the people on the mountain skiing now wear helmets.

There is nothing wrong with wearing a helmet and I would never make any kind of commet to discourage an individual from chosing to wear one.
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Personally, I believe in increasing my chances of survival by any means possible. I always wear a helmet. My husband now wears one due to a close encounter with a Ponderosa Pine. Those big pine trees can be pretty persuasive! Last year on a camping trip a friend was saved from head injury by a helmet when his horse sat back, fell over and flattened him against a pole corral. All the marks on his helmet could have been on his head.
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post #20 of 23 Old 12-13-2012, 01:07 PM
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Yes! Wear your helmet! It has saved my life a couple time.I fell on my head and had a concussion a few months ago.If i had not been wearing my helmet i probably would not be here today. I am guilty of riding without a helmet but i normal do. As for breaking your neck i don't think wearing a helmet will help you any or make it more possible. Just be safe!
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