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    06-10-2010, 12:40 AM
  #21
Foal
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
I have that helmet. It's very comfy and cool for summer riding.
That's the one I have too, and I school dressage :)
     
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    06-10-2010, 01:57 AM
  #22
Showing
When I have kids, they will be required to wear helmets around and on horses.
     
    06-10-2010, 02:00 AM
  #23
Green Broke
I've never wore a helmet and neither does my 12 yr old brother or 10 yr old sister. It's just a choice we have accepted and yes it's a risk but this is the way we prefer it. Besides in my opinion horse back riding is already dangerous. And in the end when the good lord is ready to bring you home a helmet is going to stop him.
     
    06-10-2010, 02:33 AM
  #24
Weanling
Even at a primarily western barn I used to ride at as a child and younger teenager, the rule was "helmets MUST be worn, even if you are just sitting on the horse". I know a lot of the kids just took their helmets off in the woods and hung them on a tree when they went trail riding. I never did. My trainer made even adults sign a waiver to not wear a helmet, and no one under 18 was allowed to do so even with a parent offering to sign.

It's a choice for adults. I wish everyone chose to wear one, because helmets have saved my life before. And history has proven even the most experienced riders can have a deadly fall. But for children, I don't think it should be. Children, I hate to say this, cannot really comprehend the real seriousness of their decision to wear or not wear a helmet. They can understand they "could die", but not really fully grasp it. But even though I wore one, that did not really sink in until I was a bit older. Especially younger children should always wear a helmet because they are young children who are not experienced equestrians and the likelihood of a fall, whatever the cause may be, is greater. I just feel like you don't let your children ride in the car without a seatbelt, even if they don't want to, because you know it is in their best interest: the helmet situation is the same concept.

As for that story, the helmet was not the only thing wrong. That was a stud, and I heard, a rather temperamental one. A child had no business even around him. How very sad that her life was cut short because of ignorance on her parents part. :( I saw the story earlier, and it's been on my mind all day...
     
    06-10-2010, 04:23 AM
  #25
Weanling
I'm 14 and I only wear a helmet wear a helmet when I'm competing or if I'm riding a horse that's known to buck. My parents have never MADE me they sometimes suggest it depending on the horse/situation. I wouldn't wear one regardless of wether they were 'making' me or not.
     
    06-10-2010, 05:02 AM
  #26
Foal
Yep no helmet no ride!!! For everyone.
     
    06-10-2010, 06:31 AM
  #27
Showing
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Originally Posted by Trails    
I'm not following the "greedy" part here. The ignorant part (I prefer uneducated) I understand.
Well... I do remember the posts at the forum (I believe not at this one) about getting a bike(!) helmet for the child, because it's cheaper (and easier to find used one or even one for free) then horse riding helmet! I'm sorry, but that's what I call greedy. Yes, I understand many of us don't have money for fancy stuff (or helmet for $200), but it's just not the situation. I don't think cracked kid's head worth $30 cheapest Troxel helmet costs.
     
    06-10-2010, 06:54 AM
  #28
Weanling
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Well... I do remember the posts at the forum (I believe not at this one) about getting a bike(!) helmet for the child, because it's cheaper (and easier to find used one or even one for free) then horse riding helmet! I'm sorry, but that's what I call greedy. Yes, I understand many of us don't have money for fancy stuff (or helmet for $200), but it's just not the situation. I don't think cracked kid's head worth $30 cheapest Troxel helmet costs.
I have heard of parents doing this as well. Honestly, I think for many (at least, the non-horsey parents) it's just them not being educated about helmets, because they are at least making an effort to protect their child's head. Unfortunately, bike helmets are designed for a fall from a bike where you are what? 3 feet off the ground probably? The way you would fall from a bike is very different from the way you would fall from a horse. So many more factors determine the fate of your head in a horse fall.

Bike helmets are far too light as well. It's just a matter of they need to be educated on why riding helmets are not about looks for most, but I am giving the benefit of the doubt. I know when I was 13 or 14 the cheap helmets were $60+ (or maybe we were looking in the wrong places), but now at $30, it is well worth your child's life. (Not that $60 wasn't either, just saying it just means even less of an excuse for using a bicycle helmet after they are educated on why it's not proper.)

All that being said, at every lesson offering barn I have been to, they have multiple school helmets of every size. But even if they didn't, I have to say I would not have much faith in a trainer who allowed a child to use a bicycle helmet.
     
    06-10-2010, 07:54 AM
  #29
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Originally Posted by DressageIsToDance    
All that being said, at every lesson offering barn I have been to, they have multiple school helmets of every size. But even if they didn't, I have to say I would not have much faith in a trainer who allowed a child to use a bicycle helmet.
In fact I heard about the barn, which does give lessons with nike helmets on. What can I say...

I do agree with you - in many cases parents are just uneducated about appropriate helmets, but in that particular case I mentioned number of people stepped in and explained how unsafe it is, but the response was still - it's cheaper. It was pretty interesting to read through though.
     
    06-10-2010, 08:40 AM
  #30
Weanling
Seems like I heard of that too...or at least, a similar barn. "It's cheaper"...what a shame. Last time I checked, the life of the rider didn't come with a price tag.

Yeah...like I said. I don't put a lot of faith in trainers like that. It's one thing if they want to go "do as I say, not as I do" and ride without one, which, IMHO, sets a bad example but at least they are trying to enforce it on their young students, but I wonder exactly how much good horse skill I could really learn from someone who goes "Bike helmets - cheaper! Hope it's enough to keep a child's head safe!"
     

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