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        05-28-2011, 01:27 PM
    Originally Posted by Sophie19    
    I've never heard of shows doing that. Its a really good idea.
    It lasted a total of two shows. O.0 Where I rode at the time it was a place of more hardcore cowboy, ranch raised people where no one grew up riding with helmets. So the helmet rule was protested against (no one wore one so no one got extra points and they took it away) I personally don't have a problem with wearing a helmet when I'm competing, but if I have the choice I choose not to.

    Now where I live, its mandatory for everyone under the age of 18, and a waiver needs to be signed if you don't want to wear one and your over 17.
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        05-28-2011, 01:35 PM
    Originally Posted by bsms    
    Smart Dad! The risk of head injury goes WAY up when you start jumping - probably at least 10X, and maybe MUCH higher (some statistics indicate it may be 80X).
    Hehe, I know I scared the bejeezus out of my dad with my galloping around bareback and jumping over logs when I was 15. I bet he was pretty happy that he could strap a helmet to my head. He practically had a heart attack the very few times he saw me fall off. Just the other day he was saying how proud of me that I still wear a helmet while jumping. I never jump without one now.
        05-28-2011, 02:18 PM
    It's a personal choice. If you're an adult and you don't want to wear one, I respect that decision and would never criticize someone for it. My problem is when adults choose to endanger their kids by not making them wear a helmet. THAT is just wrong.

    I wear one. Three of my four riding horses are either green or high-strung, and it would be beyond stupid for me not to wear one. At shows where helmets aren't required, I might take off my helmet in fun classes and such when I ride Arthur, who I've had my entire life, but that's rare, and not the norm for me. Admittedly, I don't wear one when I hop on one of the horses and pony another to and from pastures, but I really should.
        05-28-2011, 07:32 PM
    I wear a helmet because I have no interest in cracking my skull open if I fall off. I'd probably be a vegetable in a wheelchair if I had never worn one.
        05-28-2011, 07:43 PM
    I always wear a helmet. Pumpkin is the horse I ride the most and he a horse that always bucks when he doesn't want to do things. For my safety I wear one in case I happen to fall off again. Because of him, I will always wear a helmet even on the calmest horse you can find.
        05-28-2011, 07:45 PM
    I hate my helmet, it itches and it's uncomfortable, but I never ride without it, I just feel naked.

    Is it my business if other people wear one, well under 18's IMHO it should be mandatory to wear a helmet at all times while mounted, no exceptions.

    As to other adults, well I can see in the USA we can argue free choice and each to their own, but in the UK and Canada?? Well I've lived in both countries with their wonderful medical systems, and yes I think it is somewhat my business, if I'm paying into a central fund for health care I would prefer it if you at least tried to stay out of hospital, and wearing a helmet can prevent serious injury.

    BUT, I'm not a helmet fanatic by any means

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        05-28-2011, 08:04 PM
    I do not ride with one. I find them distracting. I make my kids wear them... But I don't get angry when I see kids without them. You are endangering your child by putting them on a horse in the first place. I don't think personally, that helmets make it a whole lot safer. Who of you are to decide just how much danger someone is allowed to put their kids in? Just seems like a silly thing to get angry about. The only thing I've ever said to a parent was that it was a horrible idea to tie the kid to the saddle...
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        05-28-2011, 08:40 PM
    I ride with a helmet because when it's required when you take lessons so I've always been used to one so to me they're not uncomfortable so why should I take a risk if they are comfortable to me?
        05-28-2011, 09:03 PM
    I always were one !!! The only time I don't is if Im taking a nice picture with my horse or something but even then its just a stand still. I feel off once and craked my helmet!! Imagine if I wasnt wearing one !!!!!!
        05-28-2011, 09:10 PM
    Ever barn I've ridden at has required a helmet for anyone under 18. I think adults are allowed to ride without one but it'd be a little weird to see someone without a helmet. Only because we ALL automatically wear them out of habit.

    I completely understand that helmet rule because if I was a mom I'd want my kid riding with a helmet to be safe. And also hoping that it would just become habit and they'd wear it for the rest of their life without question.

    I've only ridden at english barns, but I know my western friend rides without a helmet and so do her friends. I think she's crazy but that's her choice so I don't nag her about it. I compare it to how some people ride without seatbelts and some don't. It's there for you and it can save your life why not use it. I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

    Ride at your own risk.

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