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        04-07-2014, 02:46 AM

    Do you wear one? Why or why not? I always wear one. I do speed events, and am one of the few adults that do wear one. I came off about ten years ago and landed on my head on concrete. I always wore one before that. But after that I really thought about it. I did get knocked out. But came to rather quickly. Still went to the ER in an ambulance. Had I not had it on I don't know what state I would be in (if any)
    The reason I ask, is we had our first show today. It was a large show for our area (83 riders) It was an open show not 4-h, so helmets are not required. A girl age 16 came around a corner, horse slipped and fell and as he got up he kicked her in the face. It sounded like a gun was going off. You could hear it all the way across the fairgrounds. She broke her skull. Was rushed to Harborview, so far no fluid on the brain. That's the only news we've heard so far. But it makes you think twice about life, and how dangerous this sport really is. This was a kids horse A kids good horse. Not a spastic out of control horse. He just fell.
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        04-07-2014, 02:51 AM
    Do a search - you will find a ton of threads on this topic!
        04-07-2014, 04:33 AM
    I wear a helmet. I'm a newbie but have friends that are old pros and still wear them. I know 2 people who have had horse accidents, hit their head and weren't wearing helmets. One was very fortunate and just needed stitches, CATscans, and a night at the hospital. The other was in a coma for over a week, suffered severe brain trauma and will never be the same. I figure, "better to be safe than sorry".

    I also ride alone most of the time and would like to have the wherewithal to get help if I need it rather than lay unconscious in a ditch for several hours before someone finds me. I wear a good, comfortable, light, cool helmet and I hardly even notice it is on anymore.
        04-07-2014, 04:47 AM
    Where was this show where the girl got clobbered?

    And , yes, I always were a helmet, and yes, there are a ton of threads on this.
        04-07-2014, 04:51 AM
    I didn't use to wear one, because we are mostly in a paddock with dead broke horses, doing walking and trotting under close supervision of our instructors, who have the mentality of old boys just "get up a horse and ride".

    However, thanks to the peeps here (you know who you are!), I decide to start wearing a helmet even if it's walking because there's 101 ways that things can go wrong.

    An article for those who want to risk going helmet-less.
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        04-07-2014, 01:02 PM
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    Where was this show where the girl got clobbered?

    And , yes, I always were a helmet, and yes, there are a ton of threads on this.
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        04-07-2014, 01:04 PM
    And an update was just posted on Facebook, she is doing well and going to be released this afternoon. Prayers were answered. But this doesn't mean they will be next time. Someone was watching over that girl.
        04-07-2014, 01:27 PM
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    Originally Posted by sparks879    
    I do speed events, and am one of the few adults that do wear one.
    I went to my first barrel race of the year yesterday.

    There were 50 people entered in the first jackpot. Guess how many people were wearing helmets?

    One. It was me.

    I guess I just find that really, really sad.
        04-07-2014, 01:30 PM
    I do, but I also ride under 90 minutes, and usually under 60. If I spent all day riding in the Arizona sun, I would wear a cowboy hat instead.

    I also figure adults can choose what level of risk they are willing to take. Some reject all riding as too risky. Others reject some riding as too risky. Some wear helmets, and some do not. I'm not their nanny or daddy, so it is their business. I loathe people on both sides who ridicule or demean the other side. If safety was paramount, we wouldn't even groom horses - there are some studies indicating the risk of injury is greater handling a horse than riding on the flats. I've come as close to getting my head busted dealing with a scared horse from the ground as riding one.

    I'm not sure how a helmet protects against being kicked in the face. FWIW, the main reason I wear a helmet is that my mare is a klutz and I could see her falling with me on a paved road or rocky trail. My body would probably survive a sideways fall, but I doubt my head would survive a sideways smack on pavement or a boulder, regardless of how often my wife tells me I'm hard-headed.

    In honesty, if I owned a more reliable or agile horse, I might not wear a helmet. Yes, accidents can always happen, but safety involves analyzing and taking precautions based on probabilities, not possibilities. Adults should be aware of the risks, and then allowed to take whatever steps they think are needed.
        04-07-2014, 01:58 PM
    Originally Posted by beau159    
    I went to my first barrel race of the year yesterday.

    There were 50 people entered in the first jackpot. Guess how many people were wearing helmets?

    One. It was me.

    I guess I just find that really, really sad.
    Why does this make you sad?
    Why do you allow what someone else does to bother you?
    I never wear a helmet. I don't even own one. I refuse to take lessons from anyone that demands I wear one.
    I have broken bones, dislocated my shoulder, knocked my front teeth out, and suffered several sprains and numerous bruises all while riding.
    I still refuse to wear one. I have been riding for 46 years and I am not afraid of what "might" happen.
    If I worried that much I would not ride. Shalom
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