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    04-13-2013, 07:51 PM
"I don't believe a helmet will keep me safe!" well well I have never found myself in place to agree with Parelli but hey there is a first time for everything. I have to agree with this statment. A helmet will not keep you safe. Just like a seat belt won't keep you from having a car wreck. A helmet is just like a seat belt it is only there to protect you if you have a wreck. It won't keep you off a horse you shouldn't be riding or keep you from jumping before you are ready to. The idea that a helmet will keep you safe can get people into real trouble. "its ok I had a helmet on" this is really bad logic. Lets remember helmets don't keep you safe they only protect your head in the event you fall or are hit in the head. That is not safe that is protection. There is a big differents between safety and protection.

Also I have to be honest I didn't read everyones post just the first page sorry everyone.
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    04-13-2013, 08:24 PM
A helmet won't keep you safe, it just prevents a head injury should you happen to bang your head. So in other words, it prevents you from wearing depends and drinking out of a sippy cup after your fall & subsquent head injury.
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    04-14-2013, 12:06 AM
I"m thinking that LP didn't say anything about her change-up to helmets, because no PNH student has posted her explanation, or even a rumor as to why, floating in PNH circle. Oh, well, it was worth a try.

I always disagreed with Parelli's prior stance on helmets, so I'm glad that at least Linda seems to have smartened up! An easy way to decide about a helmet is to ask oneself if one'd feel ashamed to have to be taken care of by others for the rest of one's life (after one's helmetless fall rendering one paraplegic), when a helmet could've prevented that scenario.
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    04-14-2013, 12:35 AM
Originally Posted by Northern    
...An easy way to decide about a helmet is to ask oneself if one'd feel ashamed to have to be taken care of by others for the rest of one's life (after one's helmetless fall rendering one paraplegic), when a helmet could've prevented that scenario.
Hmmm...the same could be said of anyone who jumps horses, which increases the risk of serious injury more than a helmet reduces it. In fact, the same could be said of anyone who rides horses. Every time you ride, you are taking a chance of serious injury, and for what? Fun? Pleasure? Your ego? How can anyone justify the danger of riding horses, which is greater than the danger of riding a motorcycle, knowing they might "have to be taken care of by others for the rest of one's life"?

As I type, my right hip is aching. It is sore because Mia dumped me on a rock. That was in Jan 2009, and my hip throbbed tonight as I walked across the kitchen to get my dinner from the microwave. That happens most nights still. How does ANYONE justify the danger of riding, when you can make it go away by not riding?

BTW - I had a pretty good ride on Mia this afternoon. She's been with the other horses all winter, so I worked on riding her a little way away & back, stretching the distance as she slowly relaxed a little. Also worked on riding one-handed, neck reining with a curb bit. Darn silly way for a 55 year old guy with a sore hip to spend part of his afternoon. What if Mia had slipped on the pavement? I could have broken my back, and might "have to be taken care of by others for the rest of one's life"...
    04-14-2013, 02:53 AM
^^^^ "which is greater than the danger of riding a motorcycle." have never seen me ride a motorcycle. Trust me, I am much safer on a horse.
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    04-14-2013, 03:33 AM
Originally Posted by bsms    
riding horses, which is greater than the danger of riding a motorcycle,
Don't know how they work out the figures, but I'm with Dustbunny - much safer with four legs under me than 2 wheels! Seriously, I think it depends on *how* you ride... either beast - as to how risky it is. I wouldn't be putting my kids on a horse if I thought it was so *innately* dangerous, but there are many things I won't encourage them to do, at least until they're very competent. While they do wear helmets, I think that's just 'icing' compared to good, safe training for both horse & riders.

IMO a helmet is just one of those things that is easily worn, no hassle and potentially extremely valuable - for riding either beast - & so I tend to wear one these days. When I got to the paddock today & found I didn't have it with me, didn't stop me riding tho. There are those who won't ride without back protectors too. A friend who always wears one & lectures(d?) me about that recently fractured her back in a fall. It's amazing how many people comment on how dangerous I'm being riding barefoot(me that is, they rarely notice my horse is bare too!).

...Now it sounds like we also have to weigh up the apparent risk of a broken neck from a helmet v's head injuries. Would the person who talked of being ashamed be kicking themselves for wearing a helmet if it caused them to be a quadriplegic I wonder...
    04-14-2013, 12:08 PM
When my grandparents had cars they never wore seat-belts. But now they do.
What was the reason why?
They knew that anything could happen and any given time with our without their seat-belt. They had people looking up to them, and they needed to start showing off a good example.

That is exactly Linda's case.
    04-14-2013, 12:08 PM
LOL I suppose if we all wanted to be really safe, we'd stay off horses. Either that or wearing so much safety equipment we'd look like bull riders coming out of the chute. A lot of whatever we do can have an element of danger in the right situation. Sometimes just walking is dangerous!
I've worn a helmet for years. My husband finally got one after a close encounter with a Ponderosa Pine tree. But it is all personal choice.
To my way of thinking, it is best to have your horse and yourself prepared. Make sure your ability and the horse's training match. Don't ride or handle a horse that you know you may not be able to control. Don't be too proud or stubborn to seek help. And stay away from knuckleheads on untrained horses (thinking trail riding here).
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    04-14-2013, 12:12 PM
Well Had I not worn a skull cap I would probably be dead by now or worse in a wheelchair.
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    04-14-2013, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
^^^^ "which is greater than the danger of riding a motorcycle." have never seen me ride a motorcycle. Trust me, I am much safer on a horse.
You should see me on ice skates - well actually you are unlikely to see me on them - or roller skates
There are some things you can protect yourself against and some you can't and you can't avoid life altogether especially if its something you really love doing. I've never sat on a horse without a helmet since I fractured my skull when I was in my early 30's - and that was just a well trained horse tripping up. I've also never been near a horse without wearing reasonably sturdy boots after having all the skin scraped off my foot and several bones broken when one decided to jump on my - again a usually fairly sensible horse
Its pretty common to not wear helmets until something does happen to give you a wake up call

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