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    05-21-2012, 01:29 AM

I don't really like helmets they are sweaty and hot. But my mom makes me do I really need to were it or not.
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    05-21-2012, 01:43 AM
I am a rather experienced rider and I would never ride without my helmet. You never know what could happen, even if you think you trust your horse.
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    05-21-2012, 01:44 AM
Helmets are, of course, a safe choice and if I'm not mistaken (might be different area to area) she has legal right to make you wear one. They are sweaty and hot, I know, I sweat buckets riding and my bangs are a lost cause when I take off my helmet.

BUT if you're looking for a schooling helmet that isn't hot, look for one with a bunch of those little mesh ventilation holes, try taking a look at troxel, they seem to fit the bill there.
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    05-21-2012, 01:48 AM
I second the Troxel. That's what I ride in and it's very well ventilated. Not to say I don't get sweaty at all, but it works well. :) I think Tipperarys are also good.

Helmets are always a good idea. Accidents can happen at any time with any horse. Better safe than sorry! ;)
    05-21-2012, 02:21 AM
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Originally Posted by MollyDanielle    
I don't really like helmets they are sweaty and hot. But my mom makes me do I really need to were it or not.
She's your MOTHER. Unless you are an adult in your own home, paying your own bills, YES!

Try not wearing one.... bet your next thread will be "Waah... my mean ol Mommy won't let me ride anymore 'cuz I rode without my helmet".
    05-21-2012, 02:32 AM
I'm over 18 and have the choice as a consenting adult whether or not to wear my helmet.

My first and only fall that was not an intentional emergency dismount? I was hauled off a cantering horse and I landed on my face. Not on my side, not on my butt or back. MY FACE. I am pretty sure the resulting black eye and fracture could have been a LOT worse than just a black eye and a fracture if not for the helmet, which gave a good buffer zone for my nose.

My intentional dismount gone wrong? I landed on my feet, but my momentum sent me sailing backwards where I nailed my tail bone and the back of my skull. I'm just shy of 6 feet tall. Falling back and smacking my head into the ground is not fun.

I will gladly take broken limbs and what not, but my head? I like my skull in one piece. And I have had way to many close calls where I almost smacked my head into a jumping standard (the not so friendly wood pillar that holds the poles up for jumps) because a horse refused and swerved.

I like my helmet.

You will learn to like it too.
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    05-21-2012, 02:38 AM
Everyone should wear a helmet, the pros wear helmets
Accidents can and do happen
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    05-21-2012, 02:45 AM
Originally Posted by Joidigm    
I like my helmet.
I like my helmet it too! Its a Troxel!

Im over 18 as well and choose to wear it. First time I fell I wasn't wearing one cause my ex trainer said not to worry about it cause I was 18 at the time. Well I slipped sideways cause the girth came loose on my lesson horse and landed on the side of my head! Burised up my knee pretty good too. I got back on the horse and rode around the ring once more but next I went and bought a helmet.
I'm glad a I did second time I fell was when I fell off my horse cantering cause his canter is very choppy. I came off hard. Hit the back of my head (had a headache the rest of the week but thanks to my helmet I didn't have a concussion!) bruised my elbow and hip pretty bad. If I had landed just a little more angled I probably would have shattered them both! So yes you should defiantly wear your helmet!
    05-21-2012, 02:47 AM
I have the Tipperary Sportage and its very comfy
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    05-21-2012, 02:49 AM
As a minor it is your mothers choice, when you turn 18 it will be your choice.

I am lucky to have my mother trust my decisions. I ride with a helmet on green horses and horses I do not trust. HOWEVER, I also have the abilities of a spider monkey....I can cling to a horse who is bucking, bolting, crowhopping, etc no matter what. I've been like that since I was little....No way in hell are you going to get me out of the saddle unless you are extremely determined or I choose to step off. Is it impossible? Hell no. However, I will not wear a helmet when I am showing any sort of western discipline. For that I either wear a cowboy hat that matches my show shirt or no hat at all, depending on the level of show. I will where one when I am english (Except dressage, I wear a hat in that, and I rarely show english anyhow) because it is required and/or the norm.

Long story short:

If wearing a helmet a safe choice? Absolutely.
Can you do anything about your helmet situation? No.
Later in life will you be able to not wear one? Yes.

When you grow up it will be your choice. Until then, tough it out :)

Oh, and I HATE troxels. Hatehatehate. I cannot even express how badly I want to throw every single one of those ****ed things into the fiery pits of hell. Tipperary is the only way to go in helmets, IMO

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