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post #21 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 08:32 PM
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Ok - you know, this is completely hypocritical.

1) We see people posting pictures of themselves riding western, yet no helmet......no one says pip about it. Regardless of age of rider.

2) The moment someone posts pictures of themselves riding English, and no helmet - BAM someone has to point out the fact that there is no helmet.

Rediculous.

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post #22 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 08:38 PM
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Ok - you know, this is completely hypocritical.

1) We see people posting pictures of themselves riding western, yet no helmet......no one says pip about it. Regardless of age of rider.

2) The moment someone posts pictures of themselves riding English, and no helmet - BAM someone has to point out the fact that there is no helmet.

Rediculous.

I know. People need to get off other people's backs a little and just worry about themselves instead of trying to be a mother.

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post #23 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 08:40 PM
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I could care less if she (or anyone) wears a helmet - that is a decision for them (or their instructor, parent, barn-owner, etc) to make. My concern is only for the fact that she demonstrates time and again a lack of true knowledge and/or common sense which causes me to worry more about the horses than for her, after all, they have no choice in what goes on.
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post #24 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 09:02 PM
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I understand and agree, it is the horse who has to pay the penelties in the long run.

She definitely does need to start taking lessons 100% - for her horses sake.

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post #25 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 09:16 PM
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Sorry, I'm going to agree to disagree. She's twelve, it shouldn't be an option. My opinion. I ride english and western and the only time I don't wear my helmet is in the show ring when I'm showing western, but in warm-up... I'm the fool in the english helmet on the western saddle. That is one thing about AQHA that drives me nuts, I see kids riding english, western, bareback w/ no helmets. It's not in the rulebook. I geuss because I'm a mom I just want to scream... PUT A HELMET ON....

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post #26 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 09:31 PM
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I'm 13 and I consider myself a fairly experienced rider I never wear helmets except when I HAVE to eg. Showing, PC. Well, two days ago I was jumping my green OTTB 1.10 in his paddock and he refused(my fault) and I flew over his head, over the jump and smacked onto the ground.. I landed flat on my back I had a mild concussion and I was really winded lol but I learnt my lesson. Now I will wear my helmet whenever I ride because I was really lucky I didn't smash my skull xD But before that whenever someone asked why I wasnt wearing a helmet or told me I should be I used to get extremely annoyed and it just made me not want to wear one anymore so yup that's my lil story haha.

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I disagree with riding helmetless NO MATTER the discipline. I agree that there should be no double standard.

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People need to get off other people's backs a little and just worry about themselves instead of trying to be a mother.
Sorry, but this is a public forum, and i'll be as much of a mother as I like.

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post #28 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 10:05 PM
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I'm glad that in Tennessee the helmet law is 13 and under. I never wear a helmet. My cowboy hat is protection enough.
A cowboy hat doesn't give you any protection at all. You don't really believe that do you?

I don't use a helmet but when I was kid riding - nobody did. English was the only discipline that had helmets. It wasn't until a lot later that people started using helmets for all sorts of riding.

As far as cowboy hats though, they don't give you protection from slamming your head into the ground.
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post #29 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 11:03 PM
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I agree with MIEventer about the double standard. However, I don't think this is an issue of which discipline she's riding so much as it is her age. Younger riders, especially those without a lot of professional training, tend to have a lot more iffy balance and a LOT less experience.

I suppose that can sound sort of hypocritical, as I said, I'm from the "make your own decisions" school and I don't use a helmet. But I also have a reasoning for why, which some may not agree with, but I always don a helmet when I'm riding a problem horse, a youngster or even a strange horse. I make the judgement call based on what horse I'm about to ride.

As a minor, I do think they should wear helmets. The only reason I didn't was because I was farm raised, old school and helmets were for sissies :roll:

I don't think there's anything wrong with being concerned about morgan's safety. I'm sure most of us are guilty of breaking safety rules, but bareback and bridleless with bare feet, no helmet, 12 years old AND a loose horse in the arena seems like a LOT of rules to break at once, LOL.

But hey, our parents survived the "ride 'em hard" phase didn't they? Kind of makes me wonder if it isn't excessive at times, or if we just never heard about the amount of deaths back then?

Ok, sorry, I ramble a lot, bed time, night!

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It is the riders option to wear a helmet and shoes. I never wear a helmet unless I am showing in an english class and it is required. I rode bareback last week with no shoes on, true if I had planned on riding I would have had my boots on but it was spur of the moment with friends. I've rode that way too many of times but I don't like to since my horses have a lovely habit of stepping on your toes once in a while.
Believe it or not I know maybe one person who rides with a helmet almost all the time out of all the horse people I know. I'm not on either side though. I have had concussions that might have been prevented with a helmet and wouldn't suggest for anyone else to go without but I still remain stubborn and foolish enough not to wear one.

Now, since we are getting off topic. That horse is really well trained!

Oh and do beware when you have another horse loose with you in the arena. That is a disaster waiting to happen. I tried it once and I was so lucky no one was hurt. But as I always say live and learn.

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