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post #21 of 23 Old 12-13-2012, 01:07 PM
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I never wore a helmet when I was a kid. We rode western and at the time it was the commonly helped belief that only jockeys and jumpers wore helmets. How I didn't end up with a smashed head I don't know.

I ride English now and always wear a helmet. When I came back to horses it was required at the lesson barn and now its a habit. Earlier this year, I took some bad advice from my ex trainer and ended falling spectacularly. I split my helmet completely through the foam and halfway up. You could see clean through the other side. I wasn't even concussed. Imagine if I didn't wear my $30 helmet!

Helmets can be tricky to fit and some helmet brands and models have fans and some have haters.

I don't know why a person would make fun of someone ele for wearing safety gear. HAHA YOU'RE PROTECTING YOURSELF!! I don't get the humor. Maybe one day someone will explain.
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post #22 of 23 Old 12-13-2012, 02:16 PM
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In the UK anyone under the age of 18 must wear a helmet when riding a horse.

I can see where the idea of the danger of breaking your neck comes from.

Way back when I was much younger and probably before any of you were a twinkle in your father's eye, riding hats had solid peaks to them and were either held on with an elastic strap or just by luck!

It was then brought in that chin straps were to be worn.
So, with a solid peak the danger of braking your neck was greater because of the danger of whiplash. I recall a child being seriously injured by catching her head on the forehead by a branch and being dragged off backwards, she broke her neck but had no ill effects once it healed.

Modern hats are much safer and without a peak there is no danger of anything catching under the peak. The peaks that are on some helmets are all collapsable.
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post #23 of 23 Old 12-13-2012, 05:11 PM
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If you are a minor then listen to your mom and wear one. An adult, it is a choice.
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