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post #1 of 37 Old 04-13-2012, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for participants in study about riders' opinions about helmets


My name is Dr. Sandra Hoyt and I am a professor at the Psychology Department at Ohio University. After receiving permission from your Administrators and Moderators, I would like to invite you to participate in a survey of your opinions about riding helmets. This study is designed to investigate factors influencing riders’ decisions to wear or not to wear helmets. I am very interested in hearing from riders in all disciplines. Your participation in this study will help to achieve a better understanding of the factors that go into this decision making process.

You must be 18 years of age or older to participate in this study. The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. Your responses will be gathered with those of many other participants and a variety of group statistics will be generated. You will not be identified individually and your responses will be kept confidential.

Here is the link to the online questionnaire:


Please click it and help us to achieve a better understanding of how riders feel about helmets.

Thank you very much for your consideration,

Dr. Sandra Hoyt
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post #3 of 37 Old 04-13-2012, 05:01 PM
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That was pretty interesting. I am wearing my helmet more nowadays.
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post #4 of 37 Old 04-13-2012, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Cacowgirl View Post
That was pretty interesting. I am wearing my helmet more nowadays.
I got on the other day and was so distracted by the girth issues I was having that I completely forgot it. When I realized it I felt like I needed to do everything incredibly slowly....lol. Its a mental game, I wear mine ALL the time, usually when im tacking up and grooming before and after as well. Helps me feel more secure.
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Great survey.

I hope you get a lot of responses.

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post #6 of 37 Old 04-13-2012, 09:30 PM
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Seemed repetitive to me and I don't like the wording of the answers.
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post #7 of 37 Old 04-13-2012, 09:49 PM
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I did feel it was a bit repetitive, too, but overall not bad. Good luck with your study!
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Originally Posted by gunslinger View Post
Seemed repetitive to me and I don't like the wording of the answers.
They use similar wording and change the scales to establish validity and reliability between questions. i.e. Did you answer the same or similar questions in the same manner?

Will the results be posted here?
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post #9 of 37 Old 04-13-2012, 11:17 PM
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They should have had more choices for why a person chooses not to wear one.
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post #10 of 37 Old 04-13-2012, 11:39 PM
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In my case, I always wear one with the young horses, but seldom wear one with my trusted trail horse....unless we're on a trail ride with other horses. The questions didn't cover that type of behavior (sometimes yes, sometimes no) but there was an open-ended comment at the end that I used to explain.

Regardless, filling out the survey made me realize that I have no good reason NOT to wear one. I know how easy it is to get a concussion (and have had one), and I believe helmets save brains, and I believe that horses are unpredictable, and I don't find my helmet uncomfortable -- yet I still don't wear one 100%.

Maybe that concussion did more brain damage than I thought!
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