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post #51 of 80 Old 07-22-2008, 06:23 PM
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I do not wear a helmet, but I have a few boarders here and anyone under the age of 18 has to wear one to ride on my property. It's more a liablity issue than anything.

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post #52 of 80 Old 07-23-2008, 07:09 AM
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I typically wear one but there have been times I hopped on for pictures and didn't have one on. Jack rarely spooks (actually he hasn't ever spooked yet...it's just been a "look at something that jumps out"). I have got on him in extremely hot/humid days without a helmet.

I think adults should have a right to make their own decision on this.
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post #53 of 80 Old 07-23-2008, 12:27 PM
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hey everyone

I donīt wear a helmet while Iīm riding...
I actually donīt really know why I think I got used to ride without it

And also know thats very dangerous without but donīt know, itīs just the way it is

So long...
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post #54 of 80 Old 07-23-2008, 01:17 PM
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I grew up with horses and my sister and I didn't wear helmets when we were little but when I got older and started jumping, joined Pony Club they were mandatory. Seems like almost every time I fell off, I landed on my head. Now it's just habit. I'm a mom riding a very green 17.3, 4 yr. old gelding with a husband and 3 kids depending on me so I'm taking what precautions I can. I know riding horses isn't the safest hobby out there, but it's what I do My kids are in Pony Club and wear a helmet whether it's a walk around the yard, trail ride, lesson or whatever. My husband and kids also ride motorcycles and wear helmets doing that. I do believe kids should have to wear them but with an adult, it's different, not that I think it's the safest thing to do but it's not my business, although if I have a friend over riding one of my horses, they have to wear a helmet.

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post #55 of 80 Old 07-23-2008, 01:29 PM
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i always wear a helmet when im riding a totally different horse or if im jumping or riding outside my yard. when im just riding my horses inside my yard, maybe just barebacl (stretching their legs) on the sand manage then i usually tend not to wear one and because i know my horses inside out they are pretty good, plus with it been indoor their is nothing for my horses to spook at. i jumped before with out my helmet and i fell off luckily it was a pathetic fall but it could have been worse.

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post #56 of 80 Old 11-27-2008, 10:48 PM
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I think it's a personal choice, but just remember when you ride without your helmet you're taking a major risk. I personally never get on or near a horse without my helmet on.

I've cracked a couple helmets and I'm very thankful that I wore them every time. Had I not worn my helmet I'd probably not be here right now.
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post #57 of 80 Old 11-28-2008, 12:28 AM
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Originally Posted by danastark View Post
a husband and 3 kids depending on me
I believe in choice. This being said....the way it was explained to me was, 'but LOOK who all relies on you.' So...for them...I wear a helmet.
OK...that being said...I will go on to say that ANYbody who wants to ride here *will* wear a helmet or they will not ride! Insurance and liability is a very specific thing!

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post #58 of 80 Old 11-28-2008, 04:15 PM
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I've always worn a helmet. Where I started out taking lessons, and I was only there seven or eight months, you HAD to wear one if you were taking lessons. It sort of became ingrained then for lessons after that.

When I got my horse... oh, Lord. Even now, I wouldn't dare work my horse without wearing one. I've been tossed off too much and into walls and such, so with mine, I wouldn't ride without one unless I was just walking him around.

On other horses... On my trainer's horses, I won't wear a helmet, even if I should. They're really well behaved and I've never seen one of them act up that badly, and they've never doen anything with me on their back in all the times I've ridden them. So, I don't wear a helmet with them.

It just depends, I guess.

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post #59 of 80 Old 11-28-2008, 09:14 PM
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I got my first pony when I was 4. My parents allowed me (god only knows why) to ride it not only without a helmet, but under no supervision...we had 40 acres...I really wonder sometimes HOW I am still here. After the pony, I started collecting lots of other horses- nice ones, mean ones...and ones that were mean as hell. No helmet. Thrown, fell off, bucked off you name it. When I was in my teens I started taking riding lessons for my first time...when the "H" word came up I thought I might just die. They look soooooooooooo dorky...I remember "forgetting" my helmet all the time etc. Well...needless to say- as a now young adult, I look back and think how stupid I was...young and stupid and lucky to still be here. I just got back into the horse world after 7 years away. I am now 23 and I wear a helmet every ride. It would be stupid not too. And I also don't think that they look "dorky" anymore...they look SMART. I know it's your right as a free American...but a helmet can only HELP.

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post #60 of 80 Old 11-29-2008, 06:12 AM
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I always wear a helmet when I ride. No helmet, no getting on the horse.

However reading through the thread I think there's a definite culture convention thing going on. I.e in the UK and Europe everyone wears helmets pretty much, while the ones who don't wear helmets seem to mostly be from the US.

I wonder if it's tied just to the geography or riding styles as well. I.e are people riding English style more likely to be wearing helmets (I mean a helmet is just a part of the 'uniform' then really) vs. people riding western where the traditional horse helmets aren't as culturally ingrained.

I see wearing helmets when riding as a simple and easy safety measure. I know it can't help protect against all injuries that could happen but it can protect against some and that's reason enough to wear one.

I've never thought that riding helmets looked dorky. People not wearing a helmet look weird to me when I see them riding which pretty much only happens when seeing video clips or pictures since everyone around me wears helmets. The helmet has to be the right size and fit well but y'know I'm quite happy to spend a bit of extra time and/or effort to get a well fitting comfortable helmet since I'll be wearing it every time I go riding. It's an investment that's an easy choice.
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