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        05-21-2012, 07:30 PM
      #21
    Foal
    I love my helmet (Tipperary Sportage) and forget that it's even on half the time. It's been very hot here lately, and my entire body is a sweaty mess...but not my head! I've only recently started riding (at 28) and when I told my mom I was taking lessons, the first thing she asked me was if I have a helmet.

    I posted this in another thread, but it's true - for the most stubborn rider, a helmet is at the very least a good reason to sport some french braided pigtails.
         
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        05-21-2012, 08:26 PM
      #22
    Trained
    I saw kevinshorses say something brilliant once which I will now steal...

    Don't tell me I'm an irresponsible idiot, and I won't tell you that you look funny wearing one!
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        05-21-2012, 08:57 PM
      #23
    Foal
    I love Back2horseback's post. Protect your brain! I am studying to be a psychologist and after being taught what can happen in a brain injury, even a minor one, there is NO way I am getting on a horse without a helmet, and I'm 20 years old AND a fashionista. I never wore helmets when I rode my bike around the neighborhood, because what I did on the bike was ENTIRELY in my control. Horses with even the most amazing training, even a "dead broke" horse (if that exists) can trip. They are animals with a mind of their own. I never expect to fall off my horse, but when it happens (which it DOES TO EVERYONE unfortunately) the first thing I worry about is if my head is okay.

    Educate yourself on the parts of the brain and how crucial every part is. Your frontal lobe is major in personality or what makes you, you. If you damage this part you could become aggressive or irritable forever. The occipital lobe, which is located on the lower part of your head, is in essence in charge of your vision, hit it and your brain my become unable to translate what your eyes see. Seriously, knowing the parts of the brain is enough to scare me into wearing a helmet. I want my brain in its full capacity for the rest of my life!!
         
        05-21-2012, 11:44 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I ride with a helmet whenever I'm off the property, at lessons, jumping,or on a new horse/ spooky horse. I sometimes don't wear a helmet when I do flatwork. If you feel comfortable with out a helmet I don't see why not. It's a personal preference, but if you are under 18 then your mother is responsible for you and you need to listen to her.
         
        05-22-2012, 12:44 AM
      #25
    Foal
    Yes they can be hot, deal with it. I wear a Tipperary sportage, it comes with a lot of ventolation my head doesn't fit into a Troxel. You need to try them on. Watch this video.
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        05-22-2012, 12:41 PM
      #26
    Trained
    I would rather wear a helmet and be too hot than fall and hurt my head
         
        05-22-2012, 01:33 PM
      #27
    Weanling
    Quote:
    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.
    MollyDanielle--

    You already know that you have to do as your Mom says...

    After all...you didn't really think you'd be able to get away with "But I asked a bunch of random strangers on the internet and THEY said it would be fine!" did you? LOL!

    Happy riding and stay safe!!
         
        05-22-2012, 03:13 PM
      #28
    Foal
    At my barn, we are required to ride with helments but one of our barn owners does not. He is a very experienced rider and has had some major falls trying to train our horses. I have asked him why he doesn't ride with a helmet and he just responds that when he was a young boy he never grew up wearing them so it is very uncomfortable and distracting to wear them now. He then told me that he wished he had because he has had many bad accidents which could have been stopped by wearing them. He has tried to train himself to wear helmets but still only wears them during shows. Helmets are on our heads for a reason. You don't want to end up like the guy at my barn. He regrets his choice and you will to after a bad fall. Stay on the safe side and just get a better helmet. Sweat won't kill you but riding without a helment might!
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        05-22-2012, 03:24 PM
      #29
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by MollyDanielle    
    Do I really need to wear it?
    Yes.

    Especially since you're a minor, and I believe by law in most states anyone under the age of 18 is required to wear them.

    When you reach the age of majority, you can make your own decisions. Until then, wear your helmet and thank your mother for loving you enough to nag you about it.
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        05-22-2012, 03:32 PM
      #30
    Foal
    I never was really that into helmets and occasion would not wear one if I had a choice. Then this year in January I got thrown and hit my head really hard. I was unconscious for about 15 minutes and have about a 45 minute period where I don't remember anything. I had such a bad concussion that I was throwing up on the way to the hospital and at the hospital. I spent a week in bed where I couldn't even look at a computer screen and missed about a month of school because of it. And that was with a helmet on.... That was also only my 3rd fall. I will never not wear a helmet again and would suggest that everyone wear one.. that's just my opinion though. :)
         

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