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post #1 of 38 Old 11-16-2007, 06:09 AM Thread Starter
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helmet vs no helmet

im sure this is going to be a topic everyone will have 'hot' opinions on but here goes anyways.

there is always a large number of people that go on about wearing a helmet when riding. but my issue is this...in the english world its almost considered taboo not to wear a helmet. while in the stock.western world, its rare to see a person wearing a helmet at all.

i was taught to ride stock/western at the age of 4 and never wore a helmet until i started riding english at the age of 18. it just wasnt heard of to wear a helmet out riding on the farm. everyone wore cowboy hats :)

even at competition level of stock/western riding, no one wears helmets.

i personally hate wearing them whether my safety is at risk or not this is my decision to make. however, where i have my horses, we are not allowed to ride without one.

just wondering what everyones opinion is on this

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post #2 of 38 Old 11-16-2007, 08:29 AM
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I don't wear a helmet but I'm thinking about getting one. I actually heard a fairly well know clinician say that his cowboy hat protected his head almost as good as a helmet Gotta love those cowboys!

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post #3 of 38 Old 11-16-2007, 08:38 AM
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I hardly ever wear one anymore.

The only time I do is if I'm riding some elses horse. Once in a while I throw one on if I'm going to really ride our Half Arab, just because he's young... and a lunatic sometimes, lol.
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post #4 of 38 Old 11-16-2007, 10:24 AM
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Yeah I ride English now (used to ride Western, but even then wore a helmet!), & I always wear a helmet...I mean sometimes I don't if I'm with my horse because I can trust her.
But if I'm around a horse I'm not familiar with, or something like that, then yessssss gotta wear a helmet.
But I always wear one when I ride.
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post #5 of 38 Old 11-16-2007, 11:35 AM
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I almost always wear a hat, especially when jumping or hacking out (he can be a bit of a looney sometimes). I occasionally wander around bareback without a helmet but I have always worn one and I think everyone should really ..

You see in the papers people being kicked in the head after falling off or something and dying .. O.O
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post #6 of 38 Old 11-16-2007, 03:22 PM
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Well i must sound really strict compared to all of you. I wont let my daughter Ellie even sit on her pony Willow without putting her hat on. I trust that pony implicitly, but I'd never forgive myself if something were to happen.
I'm 33yrs old now and I've been riding for almost 30 years, and I have to say I have ALWAYS worn my hat. Whether it was a horse I trusted or not, I always where a hat, no exceptions. :roll:
I'm not sure if its compulsory here in the UK now.
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post #7 of 38 Old 11-18-2007, 02:49 PM
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I never wear a helmet, here we have a choice and it tends to be if you ride English sytle then yes you wear a helmet, if you ride western then most people don't and I am a western girl now!

However we always offer our guests helmets and it is their choice if hey want to use it or not.

Having said all of that if I was on a new horse or a horse I didn't trust i would wear one.


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post #8 of 38 Old 11-18-2007, 06:41 PM
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I'm a helmet girl, I've seen too many and had too many nasty falls not to wear one. I also tend to ride young horses which is a huge factor.
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post #9 of 38 Old 11-22-2007, 06:56 PM
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i ride english and westren and i wear a helmet both disiplens...for safty and casue if i didn't i would get in troble big time!
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post #10 of 38 Old 11-23-2007, 02:11 AM
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I never used to wear a helmet doing stock work but now i'm riding other peoples horses for endurance i have to especially considering most of the horses i ride are arabs who go nuts with no warning!
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