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    06-03-2011, 01:12 AM
  #101
Trained
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Originally Posted by serafina    
I don't believe for one minute that the English vs. Western, dressage vs. eventing thing makes an important difference...
You can believe anything you want, but every study I've been able to find says you are wrong.

For those saying any reduction of risk makes it worthwhile - do you drive an armored car to work? An SUV? Do you wear a helmet in the car, just in case? Do you wear a helmet while cleaning the corral or stall?

Well, I drive a Miata because it is fun to do. Not as safe, but safety in life isn't everything. I've even ridden motorcycles, which is safer than riding horses but more dangerous than driving a car. If any risk reduction makes it worthwhile, sell your horse. Sell your motorcycle. Sell your small car.

People ALWAYS compare their perceived risk to their expected reward, apply their personal level of risk acceptance, and behave accordingly.
     
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    06-03-2011, 01:43 AM
  #102
Weanling
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For those saying any reduction of risk makes it worthwhile - do you drive an armored car to work? An SUV? Do you wear a helmet in the car, just in case? Do you wear a helmet while cleaning the corral or stall?
Buying an armored car is much more expensive and not a financial option for the majority of people. I think you know that.

Buying a helmet and wearing it is much more affordable and much easier to do.

I takes two seconds to pop on a helmet. The effort required to give yourself an extra layer of protection is so minimal, why not do it?

I'm not sure I understand why you're so against helmets in the first place, especially when it comes to requiring children to wear one. I just don't get the resistance.
     
    06-03-2011, 03:48 AM
  #103
Foal
I've always worn a helmet

And yes it is uncomfortable, makes me look like a freak, makes me sweat buckets and makes my head itch, but I think I'd rather have that than a broken skull!!
     
    06-03-2011, 06:06 AM
  #104
Foal
I wear a helmet because I don't want to die or even worse, never be able to ride again and have to live with it. But that's just me.
     
    06-03-2011, 06:43 AM
  #105
Foal
Riding is a dangerous and risky sport... there are a few post on here talking about probabilities and percentage of chance there is of falling off... wth?? Its nothing to do with that... or experience... or age! Horses are animals and are unpredictable!

I just want to tell of three TRUE stories that have happened to some friends of mine over the past 2 years:

Hannah went for a hack on her 5 year old he was good as gold but once back at the yard he spooked and reared! She fell off backwards (her hat was scuffed) he fell on top of her and broke her right leg and snapped her left ankle! I was there it was HORRIFYING! 10 months later she is now starting to ride again...

Bronia had her weekly riding lesson on a 'school mistress' IN an arena... The pony spooked and bucked she fell of the side smashing her face on the wall and knocked out her 2 front teeth...

Helen was hacking on her pony who she has owned for years! She can't remember what happened! But anyway she woke up in hospital with serious neck injuries and bruised ribs! That was years ago but still suffers with neck pain!

My point is.... If these girls hadn't have had their hats on they would more than likely be DEAD!! Broken bones are bad enough but at least they are still here!...

I admit I don't always wear a body protector and in all honesty that's just me being ignorant! But I would NEVER ride without a hat! Ever! And people that do ride without one its your choice, ride at your own risk, but its pure ignorance!!

Read this:
Teenage girl killed in horse riding accident in front of her mother - Telegraph
     
    06-03-2011, 06:59 AM
  #106
Weanling
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Originally Posted by bsms    
People ALWAYS compare their perceived risk to their expected reward, apply their personal level of risk acceptance, and behave accordingly.
You tuned out my salient points. First, I didn't say it wasn't larger, I said it wasn't more *important*. And to clarify, I pointed out that even though the risk is *small*, which it is, the *cost* of failure is extremely high. If you're unclear on the concept of low-probability, high-cost failures, you might want to check out The Black Swan. I also pointed out that the cost of avoiding the failure is very low, and that it does not make sense - from the standpoint of rational decision-making (and this term has a very specific meaning) - not to engage in the risk reduction.
     
    06-03-2011, 07:07 AM
  #107
Weanling
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Originally Posted by shelleyb    
Riding is a dangerous and risky sport... there are a few post on here talking about probabilities and percentage of chance there is of falling off... wth?? Its nothing to do with that... or experience... or age! Horses are animals and are unpredictable!
I think this is also an extremely important point. If an Olympic-level equestrian can get a skull fracture from schooling on the flats because the horse slipped (and the rider was going bare-headed), it can happen to any rider, on any mount. Being an expert does not make this risk go away.
     
    06-03-2011, 07:20 AM
  #108
Foal
Helmets are a very good idea ( I insists everyone under 18 that rides in my barn wear one),however I belive if I was meant to die or whatever on horseback a helemt wont stop it,so I only wear one when I jump,am training a greenie,or riding a new one.I don't like when people push there opinions on other people( unless that person is a CHILD). To each his/her own.
     
    06-03-2011, 07:38 AM
  #109
Foal
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Originally Posted by DWStables    
Helmets are a very good idea ( I insists everyone under 18 that rides in my barn wear one),however I belive if I was meant to die or whatever on horseback a helemt wont stop it,so I only wear one when I jump,am training a greenie,or riding a new one.I don't like when people push there opinions on other people( unless that person is a CHILD). To each his/her own.
Just curious - when do you not wear one and why?? And what do you mean by if your 'meant to die'? If you believe that fate will take its course then why do you wear one on other occasion? Just wondering xx
     
    06-03-2011, 08:16 AM
  #110
Foal
Thats a good question...I guess Im not trying to "push " the death thing (heh) so I wear one whenever I think I have a pretty good chance of falling ,getting thrown whatever. And I don't wear one when I feel "comfortable" .
     

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