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post #21 of 360 Old 05-21-2010, 12:37 PM
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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.
You can get an approved helmet for under $50. The point of wearing it is to prevent brain injury. People with brain injuries are a lifelong burden to their families, the economy, and themselves.

Spyder and Mac, I respect you, but disagree strongly on this issue.
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post #22 of 360 Old 05-21-2010, 12:40 PM
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My mom got lucky. She fell and borne parts of her back on my quiet bombproof mare. She didn't wear a helmet and had a cuncussion and was knocked dead out. It could have been horribly worse. Horses are WILD animals. They have instincts that can not and will never be trained out of them. This doesn't deal with horses but the guy that got mauled by his tiger in a show? Or the lady that got attacked by her chimp. They thought they were safe and that's what happened, so why not protect myself? Now I will admit I do jump on Blue bareback without a helmet but I won't do anything stupid. And I really should wear a helmet then.

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You can get an approved helmet for under $50.
Absolutely correct.

I usually buy Aegis made by DevonAire, and they run anywhere from $45 to $80, depending on the type.

Some of the Troxels are even less expensive.

As long as they're ASTM/SEI approved, they work just as well as the higher priced models.
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post #24 of 360 Old 05-21-2010, 12:49 PM
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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.
Just to clarify - I never made any comment to the woman that fell off about the fact that a helmet may help prevent her skull from becoming any thicker than it already is. I also have not made any comments to her about the fact that her young children also don't wear helmets as they are not my children and I know it isn't my place.

However, I do reserve the right to be silently disgusted by her stupid decisions, especially concerning the safety of her kids.

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However, I do reserve the right to be silently disgusted by her stupid decisions, especially concerning the safety of her kids.
If she's at a public facility I'm surprised they don't have a helmet rule for anyone under 18.

Private property is another matter altogether. People can do what they want on their own land.

My post was intended merely to point out that while I don't agree with not wearing a helmet, it's not my place to badger or lecture people about it.

We have more than enough laws in place to try and keep people safe from themselves, and I for one think that's frightening.

I just don't like Big Brother dictating my every move.
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I wear a helmet because I am a mom. I am more important now than I used to be. I have to protect myself for them. What would happen to my kids if I got severely hurt or worse?
Before my kids were born, I Never wore one. I also rode harder, faster, and took a lot more risks.
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You can get an approved helmet for under $50. The point of wearing it is to prevent brain injury. People with brain injuries are a lifelong burden to their families, the economy, and themselves.

Spyder and Mac, I respect you, but disagree strongly on this issue.
Agree.
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I ride with a helmet more often than not. I NEVER jump without one. But I do sometimes not wear it because it's hot and itchy and annoying. When I'm trail riding I usually don't wear one.

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post #29 of 360 Old 05-21-2010, 01:16 PM
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I love my helmet! I don't really know what people are talking about when they say it's hot, or sweaty or uncomfortable, just save up some money, and buy a nice one, mine fits me like a glove has vents and stuff, heck, I forget to take my helmet off when I get off! It hasn't saved my life yet or anything, but it has saved me from some wicked headaches! LOL if your reason is they're uncomfortable, save up, and buy a nice one that you love, nowadays they have all different styles! Most even look very pretty and proffessional! :)
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Add me to the 'never will go without a helmet crowd.' After one fall and smacking the back of my head into round pen panels, I'm convinced that I'd rather have something on my head, however annoying it may be at times, to save my life.
And Rule of Reason and Speed Racer have it correct. You can get Troxel(and other brands I'm sure) helmets for under $50. I got my Troxel schooling helmet for $40, and it's got ventilation, and sizing adjustments. =)


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