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post #21 of 29 Old 09-22-2012, 02:48 PM
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I never like to wear a helmet. It depends on what I plan to do with my horseand how I think he will behave that day, but most of the time I don't wear one. However, there was recently a lady at my barn who was doing ground excercises with her young horse and he spooked and knocked her on the conrete. She got a severe concussion and had partial amnesia and had to be taken away by ambulance. My daughter and some of here friends started a petition to ask everyone to wear a helmet while doing anything with a horse. I feel like I should support their cause because anything can happen. We will see if she has her helmet on when I show up at the barn today lol. I really just don't like them!
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post #22 of 29 Old 09-22-2012, 04:19 PM
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My helmet saved my life more then once. Once was a trail riding accident when the horse bolted with me and we ended up on the highway where he fell and got hit by a car.

Another time when I was trampled and kicked in the head.

A few months ago when my horse was about to take a jump then changed her mind and I flew over her head, over the jump and landed on my head. My helmet is cracked. That could have been my skull. I had a bad concussion, the doctor said if I didn't have my helmet I would have been dead.

So yea... I always wear a helmet. Even when I ride western. I really hate that when showing western as a senior rider the judge will actually hold your helmet against your placing even though they are not supposed to. Its almost as if saying "yep you care about your life so you can not win this class".

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post #24 of 29 Old 09-22-2012, 04:33 PM
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Mine's done! I'm a "never even ride in the pasture without my helmet" gal :)
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post #25 of 29 Old 09-22-2012, 04:43 PM
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I always find helmet debates interesting. I respect those who chose not to wear one. Its your head, do as you please. But it is one of those things like a seat belt. It can save you, but can also hurt you.

I used to never wear a helmet. I hated how hot and heavy they were when we went from the transition years ago from the flexible piece of plastic to the ASTM approved. They were hot and heavy and uncomfortable and just plain sucked.

However I got a GPA and fell in love. I can wear it for hours and not be over heated and no headaches. I just really hate the price tag.

I am getting one of the tipperary sportage helmets for schooling and on a hunt for a new helmet for competing(leaning towards the CO J3).

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post #26 of 29 Old 09-22-2012, 07:34 PM
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I took your survey. The question about why you don't wear one needs more choices. Maybe "other reason"?
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post #27 of 29 Old 09-22-2012, 08:47 PM
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I wear a helmet every time I'm on a horse. Every time I've fallen has been while doing flatwork (once when walking a calm horse around bareback - someone accidentally turned on the sprinkler in the ring), and I know several people who have gotten their helmet banged up. Even if I wasn't required to wear a helmet I still would.
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post #28 of 29 Old 09-23-2012, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for your help. We ended up with with 69 surveys. I closed the survey now so that I can go over the results. I will post the result sometime this week. Thanks again.
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post #29 of 29 Old 09-24-2012, 02:39 AM
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Let us know the results, and how you did! :)

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