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        05-21-2010, 10:43 AM
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    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    I don't and wont and it is my choice.
    But her carrots do!!!
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        05-21-2010, 11:27 AM
    Green Broke
    I wear a helmet ALWAYS as you never know, even on a quiet horse. Just like I ALWAYS wear a seatbelt, I guess I am the safety concious type.

    However, a lady at the barn who is not much of a rider at all and who owns a green 4yo Arab (grrr, my OTHER pet hate, poor horses have no choice in who buys them hey?) does not wear a helmet, doesn't even own one. Well she rode her horse for the first time last night after he has been in a couple months training and doing spectacularly with the trainer. He had a little spook at something on the side of the arena like a green horse does, she reefed his mouth, he spooked more and she fell off and smacked her head on the wooden fence of the arena. She was OK, got up and was walking around, got on her husbands horse instead, still no helmet. WHAT WILL IT TAKE??? A TRIP TO HOSPITAL??? I agree with Allison, Charles Darwin would be ashamed of some members of the human race.
        05-21-2010, 11:30 AM
    Having ridden motorcycles, atvs, bikes, and horses I hate wearing helmets for anything. MI is helmet state, so I go to Ohio for street riding, my atv club members would never be caught without theirs, I'm like the sole outcast. I never wore one as a kid, (told to) just like the feeling of freedom, the wind, and some rebellion more than likely. I seem more in tune with my surroundings without one.
        05-21-2010, 11:33 AM
    Green Broke
    Originally Posted by Spyder    
    I don't and wont and it is my choice.
        05-21-2010, 11:39 AM
    I wear one and have for years, but I'm only a Helmet Nazi concerning myself.

    I won't dictate to others about safety, unless they're children. If they're adults, they already know all the arguments and have made up their own minds.

    As long as it's not required by a particular group or ride, going helmetless is nothing more than personal choice. It's called 'acceptable risk'. Those who don't wear helmets have decided it's an acceptable risk to ride without one.

    Save me from people who want to dictate how we should or shouldn't do something, for no other reason than because they say so. When they become Despotic Ruler of the World, they can tell others what to do. Until then, meh.
        05-21-2010, 11:47 AM
    Except for kids, I don't care if others choose not to wear a helmet, but I think its selfish not too. Think of you family and what they will have to go through if you die or become a vegtable.

    That being said I pretty much always wear my helmet. On the rare occasion I don't I feel guilty. I was in a bad accident a few years ago & would certainly have died if not for my helmet.
        05-21-2010, 12:00 PM
    Meh, I keep thinking about getting a helmet, but I hate wearing them. I feel confined, hot, sweaty, and bulky. I wonder what's the point in spending the $150 if I'm not going to wear it everytime?

    When I was in riding lessons I wore them and for awhile as a teenager/child my parents insisted on a helmet. I kind of gradually stopped wearing mine and now they sit in the dusty closet.
        05-21-2010, 12:03 PM
    When I was growing up, helmets were not mandatory. We did all kinds of crazy stuff on horseback and luckily, although we did get hurt, none of us ever got a head injury. Now that I am a mom, I am glad that helmets are mandatory for kids under 18. It makes me shiver to think of my daughter doing the kinds of things I did on horseback with out a helmet. She must wear a helmet, but I don't because I never have, and honestly, I would feel ridiculous in one. And, as much as I hate to say this, whenever I see an adult riding in a helmet, I think to myself how dorky they look. I know that is bad. If you think about it, wearing a helmet while riding a horse is like wearing a seatbelt in a car. And I always wear my seatbelt. I feel naked without it. Maybe I should listen to my own opinions huh??
        05-21-2010, 12:29 PM
    I will always wear a helmet, last June if I didn't wear my helmet, I would be dead. I fell off my 20yr old, dead quiet TB who got spooked and took off, I didn't. I went flying landed head first in the ground, broke my nose with the helmet, snapped the helmet in two and broke 2 ribs and punctured my kidney. Even worse, I pinched a nerve in the back of my neck and was paralyzed from the waist down. The docs say if it wasn't for the helmet absorbing the shock of the fall and breaking in half, I wouldve broken my neck, No IFs,ANDs, or BUTs about it. I will NEVER ride without a helmet in my life, EVER. I don't want to get hurt and it can happen to anyone young or old. I didn't even know my old TB could move faster than a trot!! Lol guess I found out the hard way.

    But hey, don't wear a helmet, maybe you will never get that chance to say, Maybe I shoulda wore one because you may be just 6 feet under. Sorry to be harsh but this is something I am 100% for wearing.
        05-21-2010, 12:34 PM
    Originally Posted by themacpack    
    The question is WHY, though? Same reason as the others?

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