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post #11 of 21 Old 02-23-2012, 12:36 AM
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So why isn't the moral of this story "Don't be stupid and make poor choices like riding without stirrups"? Ride horses that are appropriate to your level of experience and use the brains that your helmet is protecting.
The horse was completely safe and had no issues when riding. He stepped in a hole and fell. She didn't have a helmet on and hit her head. With our without stirrups, she would have hit her head. With a helmet, she may still be here riding. No one was there to witness the accident, she very well MAY have had her feet in the stirrups, no one will ever know. One thing is for certain, she didn't have a helmet on.

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The horse was completely safe and had no issues when riding. He stepped in a hole and fell. She didn't have a helmet on and hit her head. With our without stirrups, she would have hit her head. With a helmet, she may still be here riding. No one was there to witness the accident, she very well MAY have had her feet in the stirrups, no one will ever know. One thing is for certain, she didn't have a helmet on.
It is sad and it could happen to any of us. I must have been in a bad mood when I wrote that. Please excuse my post. I didn't mean it to sound so ignorant.
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I often hear the excuse that people don't wear a helmet because they look dorky in them,or they're not very comfortable,or whatever.But I say,I'd rather be an uncomfortable dork than dead.Which is why I wear a helmet.Things happen,you can be the world's best rider and still fall off,so why not be safe rather than sorry..
I don't care if I look like a dork or not
I want to ride and I will wear my helmet
I don't want a head injury
I remember when Ian Miller fell off his horse
He was wearing a helmet but it did not have a chin strap
He had a concussion
Now he wears a proper helmet
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post #14 of 21 Old 02-23-2012, 12:56 AM
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I am heart broken for that mother. I have a 21 year old daughter - I love her more than life itself and if something happened to her I don't know how I would go on. She is the light of my life.

I rode with my helmet on today. I got it in December and have rode every ride except one in it since I got it. Plan on always riding in it. I want my melon all in one piece.
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I am heart broken for that mother. I have a 21 year old daughter - I love her more than life itself and if something happened to her I don't know how I would go on. She is the light of my life.

I rode with my helmet on today. I got it in December and have rode every ride except one in it since I got it. Plan on always riding in it. I want my melon all in one piece.
And as a sort of mirror to that, I'm a 21year old girl and I don't know what I'd do if I lost my mother, especially if it was something that could've been prevented with a helmet x
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I don't see where it says she was riding without a helmet. Of course, it would seem like she wasn't since it said massive head trauma, but....helmets can fail or can only protect so much.
Better to be covered in any case. I would rather be safe than sorry or dead.
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She was definitely riding without. Her mom said she rode of without it.

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It is very sad - but things can and do still happen with a helmet on.

One of my fellow distance riders had the same thing happen to her. Horse came home without her and her daughters had to go out looking. Someone had found the woman and called an ambulance. No ID of course so it took hours for the family to figure out where she was.

We had four MN teens killed in a car accident on their way back to college Monday night. All four were wearing seat belts.

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Helmets and seat belts won't save everyone but it can save so many or lessen the impact. My husband was in a motorcycle accident - he was only going 15 -18 mph but he didn't have a helmet on. Had he had the helmet on his injuries would have been far less.

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Helmets and seat belts won't save everyone but it can save so many or lessen the impact. My husband was in a motorcycle accident - he was only going 15 -18 mph but he didn't have a helmet on. Had he had the helmet on his injuries would have been far less.
Unfortunately every single thing we do comes with risks. I explain this to new riders all the time. You can fall off a horse and die - yes. You can also slip in the tub and die.

Life is about choices. Even the best, most thought out, planned for, practiced for choces can turn in a moment.

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