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post #41 of 43 Old 12-03-2011, 06:34 PM
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[QUOTE=bsms;1252437]It comes from here:

"The first paper from the Radcliffe Infirmary Accident Department, Oxford8 was a retrospective study of people who sustained injuries as a result of horse riding related accidents, who attended the Accident Department and were admitted to hospital.This was followed up by a comparison 20 years later by Chitnavis et al 9 who undertook a prospective study of attendance at the Accident Department in 1991. They found a reduction in total admissions of 46% because of a fall in head injuries most likely due to the use of riding helmets. "

That's 46% reduction of total hospital admissions. So if you wear a helmet you are less likely to be admitted to a hospital. Since they link this to helmet wearing it seems to follow if you wear a helmet you are less likely to have a serious enough injury to be admitted to a hospital. Me, I would rather go home after a fall !! This in itself seems to be a good reason to wear a helmet.
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post #42 of 43 Old 12-03-2011, 06:45 PM
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Very interesting topic! Great posts! I ride in an English Saddle and find it more comfortable & much lighter than the Western Saddle. Also, if the horse fell on you that horn could do some damage. I have seen videos of people jumping high jumps in an English saddle and the person lost their stirrups and still stayed on!! It's a matter of balance. If your center is over the horses center it is easier to stay on in any saddle.
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Yes, it is POSSIBLE to stay on a horse with a variety of saddles. The question is, "Do some saddle types make it easier to stay on the horse?"

And as someone with regular, current practice at being off-balanced in a saddle, a deep western or Aussie saddle will give most people more help at staying on if and when they start to lose their balance.

It is possible to barrel race in an English saddle, but most do not. Maybe it is because barrel racers don't care about saving weight in their saddles. Or maybe it is because barrel racing saddles help a person stay on when the horse is rapidly accelerating, turning, and stopping - something their sport demands. And that is something most beginning riders or occasional riders can appreciate.

Folks can ride bareback over jumps, but most find a saddle easier.
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