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    06-11-2012, 04:42 PM
  #11
Weanling
I think the fact that the OP's horse has "spazz problems" is much more likely to influence their placings than whether or not she wears a helmet.
     
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    06-11-2012, 06:49 PM
  #12
Weanling
I somewhat agree with bsms on "wussiefication"... (LOL! Love that vocab)
I mean, I'd have no problem riding my trainers bombproof pleasure horses helmetless, because the chance of them spooking or spazzing out is extremelyyy looowwww... However, riding my more spunky pony; I'd rather wear the helmet than take the chance. He's had this habit of rearing when we enter the ring (ring sour) and he's a bit buddy sour yet too, and although it's getting way better, I'd rather not risk it.
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    06-11-2012, 06:55 PM
  #13
Trained
Helmets DO NOT make you safer when riding. They do not prevent the chance of a spook or fall. They are simply risk mitigation, they ONLY work if your horse spooks and then you fall off.
Safety measures include: riding within your ability, knowing your limits, desensitizing your horse to scary objects and situations and taking lessons to improve your riding skills.

Please recognize the difference between a safety measure and a risk mitigation measure!!

If you want to show in a helmet, then show in one. When the horse is more experienced, and more likely to win or place, then switch to a hat. It is likely his spazzing will speak for itself and regardless of your headgear, you may not place this time. Go for experience now, and winning later. Good luck!
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    06-11-2012, 09:36 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
Helmets DO NOT make you safer when riding. They do not prevent the chance of a spook or fall. They are simply risk mitigation, they ONLY work if your horse spooks and then you fall off.
Safety measures include: riding within your ability, knowing your limits, desensitizing your horse to scary objects and situations and taking lessons to improve your riding skills.

Please recognize the difference between a safety measure and a risk mitigation measure!!

If you want to show in a helmet, then show in one. When the horse is more experienced, and more likely to win or place, then switch to a hat. It is likely his spazzing will speak for itself and regardless of your headgear, you may not place this time. Go for experience now, and winning later. Good luck!
I agree with everything you just posted. I will say, a helmet will protect your head from concussions. (although it's still possible to get a concussion with a helmet on; I know from experience )
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    06-17-2012, 10:15 PM
  #15
Foal
I would wear what ever you feel conterable wearing. If you feel like your pony is going to be alittle spooky then wear your helmet. If not then the hat would be fine. The hat just looks better. Tops off the over all picture. But maybe the frist few times wear it and if he becomes okay with the show enviorment switch to your hat
     
    06-21-2012, 10:33 AM
  #16
Weanling
When I show in western pleasure I bought this really cool helmet that's got a hat attached over it for style and safty (if I could spell that right)
     
    06-21-2012, 10:47 AM
  #17
Foal
I agree- generally I think a helmet is a good idea! Even if you are showing how well behaved your horse is, even the most relaxed and controlled horse can suddenly spook - its just their nature as prey animals! Granted, a helmet wont stop your horse from spooking or you from falling but it will protect your head if you do!
     
    06-21-2012, 07:29 PM
  #18
Foal
My two cents...when I fell and wound up with a head injury no one initially believed it because the horse I was riding was known for many, many years to be so well behaved. Guess what-he spooked and started bucking. That "wussie" helmet kept my concussion to the mild to moderate category.

To this day he hasn't done it since...but it is a reminder that helmets are for those instances you don't see coming. Even professional riders fall and get hurt. The likelihood of it happening is small but when it DOES happen I don't want to ever be in the category of "permanent brain injury". Wearing a helmet is a wise decision involving safety of one' s brain...and I happen to be rather attached to mine. I want it working.

Just because you don't have problems doesn't mean you can control others...or outside circumstances that could lead to a fall.
     
    06-24-2012, 12:03 AM
  #19
Banned
I really think we shouldnt be docked for wearing helmets. Tomorrow I am showin wp on an older, calm horse. Why? Because its my personal choice for my safety AND because I have a seizure disorder and it was the Docs orders. If I were to find out I got downgraded for wearing a helmet, I wouldnt be very happy. Especially because I didnt ask to have epilepsy, so I have no choice really!
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    06-24-2012, 12:05 AM
  #20
Banned
And I agree... In the show ring your horse may be calm, but you never know what crazy thing could happen that may have you wishing you had a helmet. Brain issues arent good issues to have, I know from experience.
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