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post #1 of 31 Old 07-06-2012, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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Riding with helmets??

Do you think we should have to wear helmets when we ride?

Personally I don't think people need to wear helmets when they ride. Only young inexperienced riders should be forced to wear helmets
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post #2 of 31 Old 07-06-2012, 05:01 PM
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Unless you're riding in a show where they are mandatory or board at a facility that requires them, adults should be able to decide for themselves if they want to wear one or not.
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EVERYONE western english bareback what ever you do and sometimes on the ground should be wearing helmets.there is a great organisation called riders4helmets.i also wear a helmet even when i go with my family for a trail ride.i don't want to end up a vegetable so i wear one.ive had a bad spill before and i doubt i would be here my helmet had a huge crack on it.i started western moved to english but always wear a helmet
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I wear it all of the time. Around the house, to the supermarket, to bed.

Nah I'm joking, but seriously I wear it when I ride and handle my horse and other horses. Just keeping my stuff protected
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Not sure why this subject is even debated. It's more or less along the lines of politics and religion. Everyone has their sides and there's not much you can do to convince one person to change their viewpoints.

I'm pro choice on helmets. Person can decide for themselves.
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Curious OP how you think the 'inexperienced' riders are the only ones that need helmets.
So if you mean they should wear one as a preventative, I don't see why experienced riders shouldn't be advised to wear them as well.

Horses are unpredictable and not every inexperienced rider gets themselves into a dangerous situation. Just like every driver isn't going to get into a car crash.

It's like seat belts in a car. Some places have laws, others don't even have them in the car (back in Spain lol) so it's always a choice.

Personally, no one gets in my car without their seatbelt.

As no one rides my horse without a helmet. Beginner or not.

But that's my choice, so if you choose to ride my horse.. you also choose to wear a helmet.

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Beaten dead horse is beaten.

Half the people I meet don't use their brains anyway, so why would they wear a helmet to protect them?

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post #8 of 31 Old 07-06-2012, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Country Boy View Post
Personally I don't think people need to wear helmets when they ride. Only young inexperienced riders should be forced to wear helmets
Really... May be you want to tell it to (US international dressage rider) Courtney Dye, who I bet is much better rider than many of us (me including)... http://www.riders4helmets.com/2011/0...-erin-gilmore/

I'm not even talking about jumpers, eventers, etc. who always wear a helmet. I didn't even know they are "young and inexperienced"...

Of course, wearing a helmet is a personal choice (and I'm not going into arguments about it), but your statement is rather ....hmmmm.... impolite to say the least.

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post #9 of 31 Old 07-06-2012, 05:55 PM
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This is a MUCH debated topic amongst riders.

Totally agree with kitten_val. That same rider came to mind as soon as I read the OP's post.

I am an adult who rides Western and I still wear a helmet. I do not consider myself experienced, however the experience level of a person has nothing to do with whether one should wear a helmet or not. The most "bombproof", experienced, Grand Prix dressage horse and rider can still have an accident.

To each his or her own. But I will be riding safer than sorry.
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I always rode in a helmet because thats what is done. I ride western and on trail and I wear a helmet. Not because I am particularly "inexperienced" but because I calculated how much my brain is worth post secondary education and yeah that should be protected. Not that I use that post secondary education but it should be protected. I also met a few folks who had serious falls. Then you consider the research coming out of pro football and pro-hockey about the effect of recurrent closed head injuries ie concussions. I like Muhammad Ali but I don't want to be muhammad Ali. In the end, its your head and brain you make your decision.
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