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    04-14-2013, 11:53 AM
  #41
Trained
I will never ride on a motorcycle. Seen too many accidents.
However I learned to ride bareback 46 years ago.
I never wear tennis shoes, flip flops go barefoot or allow anyone else to do so around my horses. I cringe when I see pictures here and on other forums of people that do.
A helmet aint going on this head.
The grandparents mentioned above like most of us before mandatory seat belt laws never wore the things. Now everyone does because you will get stopped and pay a fine if you don't.
Linda Parrelli for what ever reason has worn one. I doubt that she does so because she is getting old I am 53 and age has nothing to do with worrying about injury. We might become a little more cautious but LP is not that old yet. 65 or older then I might buy that arguement. Shalom
     
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    04-14-2013, 11:58 AM
  #42
Green Broke
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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.
I am aware of the risks and I choose not to wear a helmet.
My family and husband are well aware of my wishes(pull the plug) if something were to happen to me to require constant care or life support. My worst fear is not death but rather dying slowly in a hospital.
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    04-14-2013, 05:32 PM
  #43
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Some people don't think to ask themselves if they'd regret waking up paraplegic because they wore no helmet, so it's a good question to ask.

The topic is: why does LP now wear a helmet, but I'll add that gear is no longer a personal choice where the law comes in: UK law mandates helmets & body protectors, for any riding, iirc, & US has helmets required in h/j, eventing, under-18 dressage competition, & body protectors in cc phase of eventing, & even Western classes haven't fully escaped helmet laws, though I don't know which class(es) require them.

I'm satisfied that no one's heard (or no one is sharing, if they have heard) why LP now wears a helmet, so I'm not going to contribute further to general helmet-or-no discussion here.

Thanks all, for contributing!
     
    04-14-2013, 06:25 PM
  #44
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Northern    
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 as (after one's helmetless fall rendering one paraplegic), when a helmet could've prevented hamed to have to be taken care of by others for the rest of one's life (that scenario.
I'm sorry and I don't want to start a fight but, I don't know what kind of Helmet you use when riding, but I have never seen a helmet that would protect your neck in a fall. If you fall off a horse and land on your head your helmet will keep your skull intacted but it would not protect your neck and you could still end up a paraplegic. Without a helmet the same fall could mean a fractured skull and maybe death. So really your "helmetless fall" could lead to being a paraplegic along with maybe death, and the same fall with a helmet you would live to be a paraplegic. So as far as I can tell having a helmet will save your life but can not protect you from a broken neck.

Now I am not saying that using a helmet is a bad idea, I think helmets can save your life and do make your "safer" then if you did not have one. They DO NOT make you safe, they do not protect your neck they do one thing protect your skull. As a person that does not wear a helmet I don't look down on people that wear helmets I do not think I am a better rider, or bravor or anything. I request that those that do wear helmets respect me the why I respect them. The reason I have enter into this is I do think that there are too many people that put too much trust in helmets. I want people to understand that helmets are only one way to be "safer" when riding. The brain should be use much more then helmets to keep us safe. Sorry, this is a soap box of mine if you all couldn't tell. I'll stop now sorry for the ranting I get a little carried away sometimes...
     
    04-14-2013, 07:40 PM
  #45
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Trying to not make this into a controversial topic either. I see both sides, without prejudice. I sometimes wear my helmet, I sometimes don't...depending on what we are doing and my comfort level for that day doing it. Maybe, for me it is a mental thing. Because when I look back, everytime I've fallen, my head never hit the ground, but my back and butt did. I have had a broken finger from holding the reins when I fell and plates and screws in my ankle from getting off of a horse. However, I was on a trail ride, a place I always wear a helmet, and I was riding my percheron through a canopy of low trees. My focus was on the ground, which was going downhill briefly and then going right back up hill. I was wondering if my horse would jump or simply walk.....well, I did not see the 8" diameter tree limb that hit me right above the brim of my helmet. My brim prevented me from seeing above, as I was looking down. The person behind me said I looked like a pez candy dispenser when my neck and body got knocked backwards. If I hadn't been wearing my helmet, I probably would have been knocked unconcious for sure or worse. I had whiplash for a few days afterward. With that being said, when I ride around the ranch or in the arena I usually never wear a helmet. We did mounted yoga in the arena bareback and I was even wearing flipflops.

I will also say, I work in the operating room. I have seen many horse accident injuries and motorcycle injuries...and they weren't head injuries....some had helmets, some didn't. There is no full protection from injury and the injury depends on what happens in the first place. It's one of the risks you take for the love of the sport. Even the jousters hurt themselves with full body armor.
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    04-14-2013, 07:55 PM
  #46
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Just have to add that no one's saying that helmets will protect from a broken neck or whatever else they won't protect from!

Plus, brims? You could've had view of branch blocked by a Stetson, too.
     
    04-14-2013, 08:04 PM
  #47
Green Broke
While the topic was why Linda Parelli decided to wear helmet all of a sudden, who knows, her choice, as it should be. Selfishly it did give me a chance to get my "digs in" on the Parelli"s otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. Again a personal choice, and in my opinion, it should never be mandated. I feel the same with seat belts and motorcycle helmets.

I have no issues with laws protecting minors especially in the event a parent/guardian is incapable of helping making correct decisions or guide. But it amazes me that when your 18 years of age your old enough to sign up for the military and die for your country if called upon yet not capable of making the decision of to wear a seat belt, motorcycle helmet or of legal age to drink.
I see a serious flaw in that thinking.
     
    04-14-2013, 08:24 PM
  #48
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Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
While the topic was why Linda Parelli decided to wear helmet all of a sudden, who knows, her choice, as it should be. Selfishly it did give me a chance to get my "digs in" on the Parelli"s otherwise I wouldn't have bothered. Again a personal choice, and in my opinion, it should never be mandated. I feel the same with seat belts and motorcycle helmets.

I have no issues with laws protecting minors especially in the event a parent/guardian is incapable of helping making correct decisions or guide. But it amazes me that when your 18 years of age your old enough to sign up for the military and die for your country if called upon yet not capable of making the decision of to wear a seat belt, motorcycle helmet or of legal age to drink.
I see a serious flaw in that thinking.
I agree. AND....the military kids are wearing helmets! So at least their heads are protected.
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    04-14-2013, 08:27 PM
  #49
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Originally Posted by Northern    
Just have to add that no one's saying that helmets will protect from a broken neck or whatever else they won't protect from!

Plus, brims? You could've had view of branch blocked by a Stetson, too.
You are right....I ususally wear a baseball cap if I don't have a helmet on...so I wouldn't have seen the limb then either. My helmet has one of those added extender brims, like a baseball cap. But it did keep me from getting knocked out I believe....but that's one of the risks riding a percheron in the tree limbs on a narrow trail.
     
    04-14-2013, 08:50 PM
  #50
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Northern    
Plus, brims? You could've had view of branch blocked by a Stetson, too.
From wearing a cowboy hat on a regular basis I can honestly say I have yet to have anything whack me in the head/face that I couldn't see coming due to the brim of my hat, and I wear a big one 5"-6". It becomes like an appendage to your body and you learn to look and feel with it.

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Originally Posted by Oldhorselady    
I agree. AND....the military kids are wearing helmets! So at least their heads are protected.
Yes ma'am, and if I was in their situation I might consider a hat too! ;)
     

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