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post #11 of 25 Old 04-07-2014, 01:29 PM
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I used to never wear a helmet. Didn't even think twice about it. Then I got married and pregnant and considered how selfish it is to my spouse and child if I were to die or become seriously injured or handicapped because I didn't care to wear a helmet.

It would be pretty awful and unfair to leave my child motherless or have to be fully dependent on my spouse.

This will be the first riding season I'll wear one and also the first I've owned.

I don't see a problem with other people not wearing one tho. It's their head after all.
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post #12 of 25 Old 04-07-2014, 01:32 PM
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Always wear the helmet

I fell last week, the horse was acting up because it wasn't feeling well and the BO seemed to have no idea. I was only going to walk him around the ring a few times and mount. I thought about not putting my hat on. I'm so glad I did! I might not be around today, my head hit the ground flat and HARD.
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post #13 of 25 Old 04-07-2014, 01:42 PM
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I wear one, my husband doesn't. Live and let live.

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post #14 of 25 Old 04-07-2014, 02:50 PM
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How many times does this subject come up here on the horse forum?

This is like a bad penny.

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post #15 of 25 Old 04-07-2014, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by dbarabians View Post
Why do you allow what someone else does to bother you?

Same question could be asked of your response to my post.

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post #16 of 25 Old 04-07-2014, 03:28 PM
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Your response does not bother me. I could care less if you or anyone else chooses to wear a helmet or not.
Either way it is of no concern for me.
Accidents happen around horses. People get injured by the 1000-1400 lb animals we ride and handle.
I question why those that do wear one are so adamant that everyone else does also.
It is none of my business what someone chooses to do if it does not involve me.
I think helmets are ugly and uncomfortable and the last thing I am going to cover my head in the texas heat with is a piece of plastic. Shalom
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post #17 of 25 Old 04-07-2014, 04:14 PM
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I respect an adult's right to choose. I choose to wear a helmet, but would never judge another adult who chooses not to wear one. Their life, their choice.

I do require my child to wear a helmet. Her head and health belong to me until she is an adult. Once she turns 18, she can choose. Any children that I am left in charge of will wear a helmet on my watch. If their parent is present and does not require a helmet, that is different. But, if you drop your kid at the barn and I'm left to supervise, they wear a helmet or they don't ride. I have our BO permission to enforce this barn rule when a parent is not present.
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post #18 of 25 Old 04-08-2014, 01:36 AM
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Most stables in my area require that you wear a helmet anytime you are on one of their horses whether it is on stable property or out on a trail. I have no problem with that since it is their horses, their liability, and their rules. I now have my own horse and board it at a stable that requires that, as long as I am on stable property, I must wear a helmet. Once I leave that property, I can do as I please. Again, I am fine with that. Bottom line: I don't believe helmets prevent all injuries but do prevent some. As an adult, if you are on your own horse and not on private property, whether or not you wear a helmet should be up to you. However, if you are on someone else's property and/horse, you should abide by their rules.
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post #19 of 25 Old 04-09-2014, 01:01 AM Thread Starter
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I understand all of the points of view. As an adult you do have the right to choose. Being someone that had a helmet save my life is why I value it more I guess. Had I not had that helmet on chances are I wouldn't be here, or at least not in the same state I am. The helmet wouldn't of kept her from being kicked in the face, but she would of possibly not had the fractured skull. She was kicked right above and to the right of her eye
beau hi five for those of us barrel racers that do wear them. Like you I am one of the few at the barrel races that does wear one.
I'm not trying to start an argument here, just why or why not. I respect your choice. Yes there are several threads on it, but new people join, people change their minds. Its a simple topic. I didn't mean to touch nerves.
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post #20 of 25 Old 04-09-2014, 01:30 AM
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Sparks why are you apologizing for starting an adult conversation about a topic that is interesting to several people?
This conversation has been civil and intelligent.
Those are good things and no apology is needed. Shalom
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