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    06-10-2010, 12:16 PM
  #41
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Ktibb    
I'll have to try & remember that one! Haven't needed to defend myself yet *knocks wood*

That is a good one :)
     
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    06-10-2010, 12:58 PM
  #42
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I don't have a kid, but I am technically still a kid, so I'd thought I'd post.

No. I usually do not wear a helmet. Why? Because I don't want to. They are uncomfortable and to me, more of a bother than anything. And I don't know, they have some that are vented or comfortable or blah blah blah...but they are a nuisance.

Now, I do wear them where minors are required to wear them, and if I am on a green horse or if I have that gut feeling about a horse one day.

My parents never really enforced the helmet rule because it is just not a thing around here. The only people that wear helmets at the saddle clubs I show at are the children that are required to in the pee wee classes (8 years and under) and people that are also showing English. Not only that, my parents aren't exactly horse people, so they really didn't know.
     
    06-10-2010, 02:56 PM
  #43
Foal
My two sons, ages 6 and 3, started lessons 4 months ago. My older son is autistic, and hippotherapy has been absolutely wonderful for him! Their coach insists on helmets, and I agree totally. She was mentioning a story about her daughter who fell when she was 8. The helmet cracked; her head didn't. 'Nuff said. I will be starting English lessons soon. My helmet is ready and waiting.
     
    06-10-2010, 06:04 PM
  #44
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
Actually motorcycle helmets are required by law (thankfully! I know number of really bad accidents with my co-workers when they rode motorcycle, and it was not even their fault!).

Motorcycle helmets are not required in every state. Arkansas passed a helmet law, then had to repeal it because of redneck outcry, lol. Now, only kids under 18 have to wear a motorcycle helmet when on public roads.
     
    06-10-2010, 07:35 PM
  #45
Weanling
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Motorcycle helmets are not required in every state. Arkansas passed a helmet law, then had to repeal it because of redneck outcry, lol. Now, only kids under 18 have to wear a motorcycle helmet when on public roads.
Wow...
     
    06-10-2010, 09:00 PM
  #46
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Ktibb    
Wow...
I know, my thoughts exactly... One of our neighbors was killed just last fall in a motorcycle accident. He was an older fellow, retired. He liked to ride the back highways for fun on his Harley, sans helmet of course... He had a collision with a good size deer with a full rack of antlers. I won't go in to gorey details, but let's just say the deer had to be transported with the victim in the ambulance... The doctors said he could have been saved from the deer impalement, but the back of his head was mush from the fall, so no recovery possible there. He died the next day.

Deer vs. Motorcycle is not an uncommon accident here in Arkansas. We have a huge population with very few natural predators. Despite our hunters best efforts, the deer population is always "healthy" lol. They run down my road and I'm only about 8 miles from our largest city. There's a city park right on the edge of town that connects via private property and federal land to wilderness areas that supports a population of 50-75 deer. They'll come within about 30 feet of people. They've learned we're not allowed to hurt them in the park, lol.

Anyhow, I digress. There are other states without motorcycle helmet laws as well. Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, and Illinois have no helmet laws at all, any age of person can ride a motorcycle without one. Here's a web site with the details (caution, the web site is anti-helmet, lol).
50 State Helmet Law Review

This site says only IL, IA, and NH are helmet law-less, so the above link may be outdated. Current U.S. Motorcycle and Bicycle Helmet Laws
     
    06-10-2010, 11:38 PM
  #47
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Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    
Motorcycle helmets are not required in every state. Arkansas passed a helmet law, then had to repeal it because of redneck outcry, lol. Now, only kids under 18 have to wear a motorcycle helmet when on public roads.
What can I say... I had 3 co-workers put in hospitals with BAD injuries (one lady still goes through operations on her face 7 years after the accident). And every time it was someone else's fault (car driver didn't notice the motorcycle in rush hour). I bet without the helmets broken ribs and lost teeth very possibly could be the just "minor" injuries. If they'd be still alive...
     

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