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post #21 of 29 Old 10-18-2011, 05:54 AM
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All forms of sport or recreation have an element of risk of injury. Just driving in one's car can result in head injury and no helmet worn. I am not saying not to wear a helmet.

Yes you can fall on the noggin and end up like a tomato plant. And maybe the helmet could have prevented the injury.
You could also fall badly and not hurt your head but end up riding in a wheel chair through a spinal injury, so when riding should we wear a stiff back brace, or a cast on the legs and arms to prevent a break. Silly, yes. But now a consideration.

My point and it is not to upset anyone, but if we are so afraid of injury why get out of bed in the morning. Just being alive has its hazards, buying the wife a chainsaw is a potential risk to any red blooded male brave enough to stand up to her who must be obeyed. But I jest.

I don't wear any safety equipment and a cowboy hat. I have at times been a little apprehensive if riding on a gravel road incase I fall, but its not my head I thought about, its the rest of the body hitting the stones.
My opinion for what it is worth, helmets with western style hats attached look a little strange..

If you feel O/K in a helmet then wear it. If O/K in a western hat wear it.
There will be a place for a hard hat when riding, perhaps when working a horse that is unknown etc.

And finally after all of this prattling I have not helped at all have I. Enjoy your dilemma and I appologise if I have stood on any toes.
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post #22 of 29 Old 10-18-2011, 07:03 AM
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Look at the trail model helmets, I prefer the IRH brand my trail model doenst use a harness, it is just comes in the right size, or you add a sweatband. I fought with three troxels, The first one broke on day one, the second one the harness stabbed me in the head and there was no way to adjust it to fit right. The third one had a velcroed on visor that never stayed on and I constantly had to mess with the harness. I'll never mess with Troxel again.
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post #23 of 29 Old 10-18-2011, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for your input, I've read everyone's comments, and you all make super good points.
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If you are going to wear the hat riding and generally I am going to but this one.
Down Under Oilskin Australian Hat - Horse.com
I saw this girl at the Vermont Trail Trotter hunter pace and loved the hat and looks great. And she was English riding. Looks like a good riding and general wear english/ western hat.
VT Trotters, is this hat quite stiff, like Barry mentioned might be a decent compromise? It does like such a lovely hat, but it's just another hat if it doesn't protect your head anymore than a normal one.

I don't know if this changes much, those of you who are really up for safety will probably say it changes nothing but: I haven't fallen off for 3 years, I have never fallen off from a spooking horse (although I've ridden many spooky, spooky horses) and I'm pretty good at jumping off when my mare very rarely spooks, before things get out of hand. Also, she's not the kind to rear at things, just one of those that plant, look at it, and if it's "safe" carry on, and if it's just too menacing she will turn around haha (mares!) - which I know I shouldn't let her do but meh, that's my riding error, and there are worse sins. I think I may try riding in the arena with a stiff cowboy hat OR maybe try this How to Make a Cowboy Hat Helmet | eHow.com Has anyone tried? Does it end up looking awful, or pretty good. I'm one of those awkward people that wants a good meet up in the middle, and would like that compromise to look darn good too.

By the way, Stan, this made me chuckle
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Thank you all for your input
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post #24 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 01:21 AM
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I always ride with a helmet, and if I hadn't been wearing one in April when I fell off I would be dead. Just like you, I hadn't fallen off in years and my mare never spooks. But she did. I felt myself falling so I bailed, she turned and kicked me in the head. At least I think that's what happened. I actually don't remember.
This hat looks pretty nice. It says it's a hard hat but it looks like a normal western hat: Cowboy Hard Hat
This troxel one isn't too bad:Troxel Western Hat Helmet
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post #25 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 09:59 AM
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Ah... the helmet controversy! I'm sure this has been fun, didn't read the whole thread, but here's my opinion for what it's worth.

Wear a freaggin' helmet!

I recently lost a friend who was kicked in the head by her very, very gentle and tame horse. No one knows what happened, but she was found on the ground in the paddock.

Here's how I think about it: I love my horse, but I love my life more. ANY horse can spook or slip or trip and toss it's rider. It doesn't matter how much you trust your horse (I envy you, my horse still green) an accident can happen, especially if you're out trail riding. I mean, a lose dog or deer could burst from cover and your horse could even rear. My horse doesn't rear, but she spooked once and her front feet came off the ground a few inches. I instinctively leaned forward (of course, dummy me) and got a split lip.

Have fun and enjoy your ride.... and be safe.
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post #26 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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Again, a big thank you to everybody for your responses, I can't stress enough how much I appreciate your help and advice.
PaintLover, the cowboy hard hat looks really good, I think I might get one of those, they look the most like a cowboy hat, and are safe at the same time (it says it meets regulations and stuff) so I think one of those may be good!
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post #27 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 11:10 PM
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Again, a big thank you to everybody for your responses, I can't stress enough how much I appreciate your help and advice.
PaintLover, the cowboy hard hat looks really good, I think I might get one of those, they look the most like a cowboy hat, and are safe at the same time (it says it meets regulations and stuff) so I think one of those may be good!

I was going to get one of those cowboy hats that has a helmet built in. However, they look really huge on because of the thickness of the helmet. Haha. I looked at the eHow link on how to make your own. I may try that for myself. I have a low profile tipperary helmet, so it might work. Let us know if you decide to get the cowboy hat helmet and maybe post a pic.
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post #28 of 29 Old 10-19-2011, 11:38 PM
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I thought the cowboy hat helmet was discontinued a while ago?

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post #29 of 29 Old 10-20-2011, 12:10 AM
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Don't worry about fitting in, a lot of western riders are pretty loose as far as any sort of dress code My group has helmets and no helmet goers, and only one person who *sometimes* on occasions sports a cowboy hat. It's more common to see a baseball cap or a warm winter hat if its cold outside. If you want to wear a helmet, by all means go for it, being safe shouldn't ever be looked down on, or don't. It's your choice.

But like I said, a lot of western riders don't give two bats what's on your head unless its something totally outlandish and cause to poke fun at We're just out for the trails and to have fun.
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