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post #21 of 72 Old 01-16-2011, 09:35 PM
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think people who don't wear one when riding on/near roads are downright stupid.



A helmet will save you in a car/horse crash?
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post #22 of 72 Old 01-16-2011, 09:45 PM
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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).
Deep sand in an arena. On a ranch...no. However, I think my point is valid. There ARE events like steeplechase where not wearing a helmet significantly increases risk. Anyone who makes a living jumping horses over a string of 5-6 foot fences at full speed while surrounded by other horses has a much higher risk of getting his head stomped than most trail riders.

That said, the trails around here have a LOT of rocks, not to mention cactus. I've taken tumbles just while jogging that left me bleeding in a dozen places. Heck, I won't ride off property in an English saddle, because I'm not skillful enough and ANY fall can be too dangerous. Helmet? Darn tootin'!

Now, riding my horse in our small arena. Fenced, no big rocks, sandy, normally trotting or walking - helmet? For me, yes, mainly to set an example for my daughter, who isn't old enough to scare like I do. But do I think I have a significant chance of brain injury in that environment that a helmet would help? No.



And do I get upset is someone is riding without a helmet? No. They can assess their risk and make their own decision.

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post #23 of 72 Old 01-16-2011, 09:48 PM
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I wear a helmet. I use to not..thought they were dorky looking untill my friend fell and got a concussion and my other friend fell and got a concussion and staples put in her head.
I wear mine everytime I ride.
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post #24 of 72 Old 01-16-2011, 11:12 PM
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I always get complaints for not wearing a helmet, but I can't bring myself to start riding with one. When I first started riding I wore one, only because I couldn't sign the waiver myself (still technically can't, even though I do). My mum and dad don't bother anymore, so it's been less and less aggravating to me. I completely understand that I can kill myself just by handling horses, but how often does it happen? I'm pretty experienced for only being almost 17, and I'm rather mature as well. I know there's the chance of serious injury, but when I think about it, I have a bigger chance coming off and getting hurt -with- a helmet on. I'm sure if I took 2+ years out of my current riding of only riding well-broke horses ith a helmet, I could get use to it. I don't think it's the most practical thing for me to do. I encourage everyone I teach to ride and people that are less experienced to wear a helmet, but I won't do it unless it's absolutely necessary for myself. Helmets cause me to become claustrophobic and I concentrate more on the helmet than the horse I'm on and what I'm doing myself; thus, making it more dangerous for the both of us. I'm more than willing to hop on a rearing/bucking/bolting/any other issue horse without a helmet, I'm a whole lot more hesitant to do so with a helmet-just for the fact that I'd be paying more attention to it than the horse I should be focused on.
I've hopped on a completely unbroke, barely touched 15.1-15.3hh paint gelding my friend just bought, and if I wasn't paying as much attention as I was to the horse, I would've came off and possibly hurt myself pretty bad. I had to hop off a 16.1hh, galloping draft horse last summer-wouldn't have watched how I came off if I had the helmet on. I would've been thinking about how I should watch everything -but- my head, since I had a helmet on-you know?
I'm all for helmets, but they're just not for me. It'll be hard enough to get used to a cowboy hat for shows, let alone a giant plastic thing on my head.
I've heard/read many stories of horse related injuries, but the way I think about it, it's not the helmet that necessarily helped, but more how the rider fell. A cut on my head isn't gonna kill me, if I fall on my head and snap my neck-a helmet isn't going to do anything for me. That's just my 2 cents though. (:
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I always get complaints for not wearing a helmet, but I can't bring myself to start riding with one. When I first started riding I wore one, only because I couldn't sign the waiver myself (still technically can't, even though I do). My mum and dad don't bother anymore, so it's been less and less aggravating to me. I completely understand that I can kill myself just by handling horses, but how often does it happen? I'm pretty experienced for only being almost 17, and I'm rather mature as well. I know there's the chance of serious injury, but when I think about it, I have a bigger chance coming off and getting hurt -with- a helmet on. I'm sure if I took 2+ years out of my current riding of only riding well-broke horses ith a helmet, I could get use to it. I don't think it's the most practical thing for me to do. I encourage everyone I teach to ride and people that are less experienced to wear a helmet, but I won't do it unless it's absolutely necessary for myself. Helmets cause me to become claustrophobic and I concentrate more on the helmet than the horse I'm on and what I'm doing myself; thus, making it more dangerous for the both of us. I'm more than willing to hop on a rearing/bucking/bolting/any other issue horse without a helmet, I'm a whole lot more hesitant to do so with a helmet-just for the fact that I'd be paying more attention to it than the horse I should be focused on.
I've hopped on a completely unbroke, barely touched 15.1-15.3hh paint gelding my friend just bought, and if I wasn't paying as much attention as I was to the horse, I would've came off and possibly hurt myself pretty bad. I had to hop off a 16.1hh, galloping draft horse last summer-wouldn't have watched how I came off if I had the helmet on. I would've been thinking about how I should watch everything -but- my head, since I had a helmet on-you know?
I'm all for helmets, but they're just not for me. It'll be hard enough to get used to a cowboy hat for shows, let alone a giant plastic thing on my head.
I've heard/read many stories of horse related injuries, but the way I think about it, it's not the helmet that necessarily helped, but more how the rider fell. A cut on my head isn't gonna kill me, if I fall on my head and snap my neck-a helmet isn't going to do anything for me. That's just my 2 cents though. (:
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post #26 of 72 Old 01-16-2011, 11:41 PM
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I think this is stupid.
Ouch. Harsh much? Just because its her opinion and you don't agree with it you think it is stupid? Ridiculous..I tell ya.

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post #27 of 72 Old 01-17-2011, 12:00 AM
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It is harsh.
I just think everyone should wear a helmet. And I can give my opinion to her opinion. Helmets are very safe.You have to look on which ones you buy as some have that hard visor and not the flexible ones and those I suppose do the a lot of damage but I believe that people should wear them and that is my opinion. I try to get my husband to wear one but he doesn't. And yea,it bothers me but it's his head. To each their own is what I say and I voiced my two cents.
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I've always worn a helmet. I've just never known anything else. I feel naked without one.

I'm actually having a hard time NOT wearing the helmet. I'll be 19 this year and it's time for me to start showing in a derby. Hopefully I'll be able to man up and put the derby on.
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There is a difference between giving your opinion and being a complete %^&$^#
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post #30 of 72 Old 01-17-2011, 02:46 AM
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Around here it is good to wear a helmet not just for what happens when you come off the horse, but for the tree branches you hit when you're on the horse. Keeps the rain out of your eyes too.
I wear a helmet whenever I ride. I don't judge others (much) when they don't wear one.
What bothers me is not whether you wear a helmet or not, but the attitude behind it. It is a common prejudice around here that only bad riders wear helmets and good riders don't need to. Once you become an adult you "graduate" because you know how to ride now and can take your helmet off.
When you see someone wearing a helmet it might be because they are a great rider on a green horse.
I never wore a helmet as a kid. No one did around me either. When I became an adult I started riding and training more difficult horses. After my third terrible headache and nausea from concussing with the ground, I started wearing one. I didn't want to end up like Muhammad Ali.
I've had a few falls where I was riding great but my horse fell down. It's happened to me at walk (the horse's legs got caught in brush), trot, canter and gallop. It has nothing to do with your skill as a rider.
It's nice to think that your skull is tough and that you might break your back just as easily as your head. The problem is that when you hit your head sometimes it bleeds inside and there's nowhere for the pressure to go, which kills off parts of your brain. I've known some riders that broke their back and can still ride. I feel that I will probably still have a quality of life if I break my arms, legs, back or pelvis but if I have brain damage I will probably at least lose the use of one side of my body, if not my ability to speak or eat solid food. I'm not trying to convince anyone. These are just my personal reasons.
I do think citing people who have been injured can convince a few people to wear helmets. Not everyone has their mind made up already.
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