Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
ANOTHER "Anyone who doesn't wear a helmet is an idiot" thread?
If you want safety, don't ride horses. If you ride, you accept a certain amount of risk. How much? No one can quantify it because there are too many variables. If you jump because it is fun, or you ride bareback because it is fun, or if you ride where the ground is rocky and any fall can cripple or kill you because it is fun, then you are taking risks for the fun of it. If you allow you kid to do any of those things, you accept the risk of their dying...for the fun of riding!
I almost always wear a helmet, but I dislike people who call others idiots for making a different decision about how much risk to accept.
I know people who have ridden for 50+ years, often on green horses and in rough terrain, without helmets...and who did so without busting their heads. In fact, I know folks whose family has done so for generations without ever having a head injury.
There are studies that support the idea that we are at greater risk while working with horses while on the ground than we are in many forms of riding. I've hit the ground more times trying to calm a scared horse while I was on foot than I have from my spooky mare bolting, spinning or spooking. Yet how many of us insist on wearing a helmet any time we pick up a lead rope? How many parents insist their kids wear helmets any time they are in a corral or pasture?
"Statistics are just statistics and are of no comfort when itís your child that becomes 1 in a million."
Yep! So don't ride. Don't go hiking in the desert - I once heard a rattle, and finally found the source coiled up between my feet! Don't ride motorcycles. I spent my adult life flying in jet fighters, strapped to an ejection seat - don't do that! Heck, I watched an F-4 explode in a ball of flame taking off out of George AFB, CA once, and then strapped in and took off the other runway!
Statistics are the only meaningful way to discuss risk. If the chance of injury is 1 in 1,000,000,000,000, it will still suck if your kid is that one...but no one can avoid that level of risk.
"People can teach us the rules, but only horses can teach us the art of riding."