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post #1 of 80 Old 07-16-2008, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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Riding without a helmet? your views on this...

What is everyone's views/opinions on riding without a helmet?

I personally see no wrong with it as long as the person is the legal age. In NY the legal age to ride a horse without a helmet. Now I know there are some kids that are skilled enough to be able to...like mlkarel for example (just chose her because I just finished looking at pictures of her and duke).

But I have to admit that there are some girls that I know (not on here...in real life) that just horse around WAY too much in the saddle to not wear a helmet...so that's my main reason why I say kids under the legal age should wear helmets.

I've ridden without a helmet, but I trust Sonny completely and I can tell what he'll do before he does it...but I always wear my helmet if I am on another horse just because I don't know that horse as well and I'd rather not risk it.


Why did I bring this up? Well the girls that I ride with wanted to ride without helmets and said they'd just do walk/trot...no canter or jumping.....and I told the BO that I thought it was a bad idea so she said they couldn't do it. And then the girls (well mainly just the one) got all 'POed" at at me and kept doing STUPID things to prove that her horse wasn't going to do anything...and she dind't understand that horses are stil animals and CAN do things without reason or thinking.
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post #2 of 80 Old 07-16-2008, 10:50 PM
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I'll never ride without a helmet. I had a nasty fall the other day and a chunk of my helmet is about ready to come off. Just think, that could've been a piece of my skull.
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post #3 of 80 Old 07-16-2008, 11:02 PM
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Glad you think I'm a good rider. Thanks.

Yeah, I obviously don't wear a helmet. I know that there are a ton of risks, but I think that there are a lot of other crucial body parts you can hurt too. I know there are a TON of stories about people dying because the didn't wear a helmet or when a helmet saved their life.

I have to admit I've fallen off a horse or two and I have gotten hurt. I fell off of a horse like 8 years ago and got a concusion. A pretty bad one, but I wouldn't have had that problem if I wore a helmet.

I know I have a huge risk by not wearing a helmet, but that's the risk I am willing to take, so please don't try to convince me to wear a helmet. I will occasionally wear my helmet when I really don't trust a horse, or I just won't get on the horse. Yes, I own a helmet. I got it when I was 7, so as you can imagine it's EXTREMELY uncomforatable to wear.

So I don't wear a helmet because I take the risk myself, and in a way it gives me more desire to stay on the horse no matter what. I figure that if God wants me to die on a horse than I will, and what's better than dying doing what I love?

I'm not bashing helmets at all. If you wear them I respect that and your care about yourself. I just am not a huge fan of having them on.
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I never used to wear a helmet whilst riding until i was riding at a friends farm. he had very strict rules.

i was out working a youngster of his one day and she freaked out, she saw a snake and panicked. anyway, i was thrown and went head first into a railway sleeper. my helmet was split into 3, i was knocked unconscious and got a severe concussion. had it not been for the helmet, i would have been sitting here dead.

now i always wear one, even if i do look ditsy in it.

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post #5 of 80 Old 07-17-2008, 03:47 AM
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I always wear a helmet for two main reasons:
1. For my own safety
2. To set a good example for the kids who see me ride like my two younger sisters

Personally, I will never get on a horse without a helmet. I know some people never wear them but that's their decision and their entitled to it.

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post #6 of 80 Old 07-17-2008, 08:33 AM
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So I don't wear a helmet because I take the risk myself, and in a way it gives me more desire to stay on the horse no matter what. I figure that if God wants me to die on a horse than I will, and what's better than dying doing what I love?

I'm not bashing helmets at all. If you wear them I respect that and your care about yourself. I just am not a huge fan of having them on.
My veiw exactly (if it is my time to go then it is my time)... If I go somewhere that requires me to wear one I respect the rules and wear one but on my own tend to not too often. If I am going to be doing something like jumping I will wear one. I have hurt my neck before when wearing a helmet and i have given myself a concusion while doing nothing related to horses (too much fun juice and fireplaces dont mix...lol)

In MN 4-H last year they made it mandatory for all mounted riders to be wearing properly fitted safety helmets... while I feel this is a good idea I also feel that it should be up to the kids parents if his/her child wears a helmet, but do to high price insurace they had to make it mandatory.

This is only my veiw of things... Im not here to argue with ANYONE, i think a lot of it has to do with how you were brought up with riding and the style you rode. When i was young practically no one wore helmets in my area.


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There's a lot to be said for being as safe as possible and I wouldn't ever tell anyone that they shouldn't wear a helment.

Having said that though.... I don't.

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post #8 of 80 Old 07-17-2008, 08:46 AM
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There's a lot to be said for being as safe as possible and I wouldn't ever tell anyone that they shouldn't wear a helment.

Having said that though.... I don't.

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my thoughts exactly! Even when I was showing saddlebred hunters, i wear a hunt cap - - no helmet. Personal preference, I suppose.

I also firmly believe that it is a person's choice to wear one, and non-helmet wearers should not be hackled for their choice (and the other way around)

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I never wore a helmet when I was kid,guess I just learned how to take a fall. I still don't wear one, I'll ride at my own risk. Besides, I think helmets can offer a false sense of security. You can still snap your neck easily with/without helmets.

I am in the camp of "the good Lord will take me when/how He chooses" .
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post #10 of 80 Old 07-17-2008, 11:14 AM
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It's kinda like me and seat belts. I NEVER EVER wore my seatbelt... .... But that was before I rolled my truck 5 times, now I wear it all the time.

I first started out not wearing a helmet while riding, but since I fell off, I started wearing one.

I agree that if God is going to take me, he'll take me when he see's fit, but why should I ASK for an accident? If God didn't take me while I was rolling around in my truck, he's got bigger plans for me, so it's my responsibility to take the proper measures to keep myself safe.

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