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  • Why you should wear a helmet while riding a horse

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This convinced me to wear a helmet. 0 0%
Sorry, I'm not convinced. 13 14.44%
Stop trying to take over my life. 28 31.11%
I already wear a helmet. 58 64.44%
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    01-16-2011, 08:36 PM
  #11
Trained
What I think about the site: It has a lot of stories of the "I fell off a horse while wearing a helmet, and the helmet saved my life" type. However, the few stories I read showed nothing of the sort.

From the story that started it all:

"Unfortunately, that schoolmaster was stung by the King of All Bees about ten minutes into the lesson. He bucked so hard, as I came off, I saw the top of a timer-box that is EIGHT feet above the arena floor. I don't remember hitting the ground. I don't remember riding in the ambulance or having my clothes cut off me. I don't know what my attending physician told my parents and my boyfriend when no one could say with any certainty if I was going to be all right.
Thank heavens, I ended up with "only" a nasty concussion and (hopefully only temporarily) impaired vision. When I returned to the barn, in my tack closet I found my helmet, with a neat crack running up one side.
Without that helmet, that crack would have been in my head...as my finger caught on one sharp, broken edge, the chilling reality of my situation dawned on me."

OK. My horse spooked two years ago. I got her stopped, correctly figured she was about to bolt across a field of jagged rock, and tried to dismount. Halfway thru, she spun around and bolted - across the rock field.

I landed back first on a couple of SMALL rocks, and still have tension in that part of my back/hip. My head? I took a good smack, but no cracks. So should I write, "I ran my finger along my ball cap, and the chilling realization struck - that cotton shield saved my life!"

The next problem is one related to drug companies. Drug companies will run advertisements saying drug X will reduce the chance of heart attack by 50% - but what the trials REALLY show is that the risk goes down from 2% to 1%. While that IS a 50% reduction, it is very different from what they are trying to show. Yes, folks riding steeplechase wear helmets and have a reduced chance of injury...but I'll never ride my horse at full speed over a series of 6' jumps while surrounded by other galloping horses.

I asked a friend who has run a ranch for 30 years if he knew of anyone killed riding horses during ranch work, and the answer was no. That doesn't mean it doesn't happen, or that cowboys wouldn't be safer wearing helmets, but it DOES suggest the overall risk of riding horses isn't quite as high outside of certain sports.

Consider the fellow in the picture, whoever he is - I pulled it off the web:




He's riding harder than I ever plan to do, and probably has done so for many years, and is getting by without a helmet.

I think it is pretty obvious that a helmet offers at least some protection, and I ride with one almost every time I get on a horse. So does my daughter, if she wants to ride. However, a collection of stories like the one on the web site you posted isn't going to convince me, and I doubt you'll make a convert of the guy in the picture. So I consider the website to be ineffective at what it is trying to do.
     
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    01-16-2011, 08:52 PM
  #12
Foal
I think my problem with the stories posted is how so many of them seems to be an 'OMG! I would have DIED if not for my helmet.' While I'm sure some of the more horrific accidents can make that case, just falling off your horse doesn't necessarily mean it was a near fatality.

Overall, I think it could have been interesting and informative but ends up being overly preachy. (The fonts and lack of spacing don't help either.)

As for me personally, am a bit of a fence sitter, as I wear a non-approved helmet. (IRH velvet, with clear, snap-out harness.) I wore this model in college and loved it. Fell off/bucked off numerous times and no head trauma.
     
    01-16-2011, 08:54 PM
  #13
Weanling
Oh, and I rememberd another thing... I've heard a lot of people say you should wear a helmet around horses whether you're on the ground of riding. In theory, that sounds great considering how many horse-related injuries are on the ground. But really, how many people put on their helmet to go get their horse out of the field and brush them? If people really push that hard to wear a helmet while riding, when will helmet-use stop? Pretty soon we'd all be walking into the grocery store for fear of a can falling off the shelf and hitting us... Okay, that went a little off topic. But you know what I mean. (Hopefully)
     
    01-16-2011, 09:02 PM
  #14
Started
Lol. I have a feeling a lot of people on here would freak out if they spent a day with me at the barn. I walk out there in the pasture in the spring and summer with barefeet and shorts with a halter and ride my horses around bareback with just that halter and lead. It's a wonder I ain't dead already.
     
    01-16-2011, 09:08 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Tennessee    
lol. I have a feeling a lot of people on here would freak out if they spent a day with me at the barn. I walk out there in the pasture in the spring and summer with barefeet and shorts with a halter and ride my horses around bareback with just that halter and lead. It's a wonder I ain't dead already.
Haha!! I wish I could do that. The place I board is insanely strict about helmets. Which sucks, because I'd love to get a few nice pictures of me riding my mare, but helmets just don't really add the the "pretty" affect... I have a friend who used to go in the field in a bikini, ride her horse over in just a halter and take him swimming
     
    01-16-2011, 09:10 PM
  #16
Foal
LOL Tennessee, I do the same thing!
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    01-16-2011, 09:10 PM
  #17
Trained
^ That has nothing to do with whether you wear a helmet or not. I wear a helmet 99% of the time but I also have been known to ride barefoot, in shorts, in a halter (Or even just a neck rope).

I think it depends a lot on how you were brought up/where you ride/what discipline you ride. I started out in pony club where helmets are compulsory. Every discipline I ride in except one helmets are compulsory. One of them is campdrafting which is as close to a macho, male dominated, western type discipline you can get outside western - And yup, all those men who train horses for a living sans helmet don one for the competitions, every weekend. I don't hear them complain or call each other sissies, either.

Growing up where helmets are a commonplace thing, I admit - I think people who don't wear one are a bit dumb. I think people who don't wear one when riding on/near roads are downright stupid.

Doesn't mean I don't like them as a person, or that I would ever say anything. But I still think it.
     
    01-16-2011, 09:12 PM
  #18
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Tennessee    
If I wanted to be a safe-sally then I would take up knitting as a hobby (no offense to the knitters out there).
When I was in being treated for a fractured wrist, my Dr. Told me that he'd suggest I take up knitting instead of riding but knowing me, I'd be back in a week having jabbed myself in the eye with the needle.

I knocked myself out lunging my horse, hit myself in the head with the stupid donut on the end of the lunge line. Came to and found my horse standing over me wondering what on earth happened. Haven't managed to hit my head that hard while riding!

Helmets are a personal choice and the only people I am concerned with are myself and my children (since I pay their medical bills). It's not like someone choosing to not wear one endangers anyone else.
     
    01-16-2011, 09:18 PM
  #19
Showing
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Originally Posted by bsms    
He's riding harder than I ever plan to do, and probably has done so for many years, and is getting by without a helmet.
Actually in case of cutting (reining, working cow, etc.) even if you land (involuntary) - you land in pretty deep sand, plus more kinda "slide off" the horse, not "fly off" one (I did cutting and have seen people falling off the horse, it usually happens on sharp turn). So I'd say wearing helmet in this case won't make much of difference (of course if horse will step on your head it's the whole other story).
     
    01-16-2011, 09:21 PM
  #20
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Delfina    
I knocked myself out lunging my horse, hit myself in the head with the stupid donut on the end of the lunge line. Came to and found my horse standing over me wondering what on earth happened. Haven't managed to hit my head that hard while riding!
That made my day.
     

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