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    09-19-2009, 08:12 AM
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Parelli and helmets

Is this for real? This is a letter written back to someone (taken from another forum) in response to the question as to why none of the Parelli people wear helmets or protective gear. Have you ever seen a Parelli person wearing one?? This is their reasoning:

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Hi …..,
Thank you for taking the time to write us. We understand your views and
concerns. As quoted by the faculty at our ranch:

“You are quite right – helmets are fabulous things and they save many lives. Tragically
though, people who ARE wearing helmets also die or suffer serious head injuries in accidents with horses.”

Our program is intended to address the safety problem at its root – which is
behavioral – rather than address the symptoms of it. Our message is about
developing the relationship with the horse, and the savvy level of the rider, so that unsafe behavior is addressed long before the rider gets on the horse - rather than allowing the unsafe situations to continue to occur and hope that the helmet, body protector, etc, will protect us from the consequences.

The reason you do not see our people wearing helmets is because we try to teach people that rather than be brave because they are wearing a helmet to protect them, they would be better off not riding until their horse is behaving safely.

People have called us brave for not wearing helmets, but we say they are a lot braver than we are. We would not get on their horse until we had addressed the issues that cause it to behave in unsafe ways.

We hope this helps,
From the Faculty, Parelli Centers

     
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    09-19-2009, 11:46 AM
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Yes I have seen Parelli people ride in helmets. I have Parelli friends who ride in helemts and they are well into the higher levels of the program. It's a personal choice.
     
    09-19-2009, 11:48 AM
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Weanling
Its from the all famous fuglyhorseoftheday blog.

Fugly Horse of the Day
     
    09-19-2009, 11:52 AM
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Originally Posted by Spirithorse    
Yes I have seen Parelli people ride in helmets. I have Parelli friends who ride in helemts and they are well into the higher levels of the program. It's a personal choice.

I think the OP is talking about Linda and Pat and anyone they have on there DVDs and programs
     
    09-19-2009, 12:02 PM
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Weanling
Oh my god, that is ridiculous! Do you know I know a girl who fell off during a lead change! Where is the root of the behavioral issue in that? People fall off regardless of behavior! I am not saying that behavior can't lead to a fall, but sometimes people just don't stay on! And I would love to see the statistics stating people who are wearing helmets are recieving serious injuries! I am sorry, motocross riders wear helmets and there is no behavior they rely on but their own. That is a really pathetic answer and I detect a hint of Robert Redford in the Horse Whisperer there too. I am diappointed!
     
    09-19-2009, 12:02 PM
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Linda and Pat, never seen them wear one, but some of the people on their DVDs, yes.
     
    09-19-2009, 12:26 PM
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I am sorry spirit horse but I have never seen a person in their dvds wear one either and I have watched most of them maybe the one or two I have not watched people wear them but not that I know of and as posted in another thread about parelli anything can happen a normally perfect horse could spook and you could lose your balance simple as
     
    09-19-2009, 12:40 PM
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Green Broke
The beauty of a free (abliet ever lesseningly so) country.
     
    09-19-2009, 12:42 PM
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Foal
WOW! I can't believe that letter! We just had this discussion with another thread. You know what really burns me is that, sure it is a personal choice to put on a helmet. People often have this ignorant "it will never happen to me" mentality. But, when society has to pay the medical bills for your crushed head, broken neck, and long-term care bills, THEN it becomes my issue. Your idiotic personal choice is expensive for society and increases healthcare premiums for us all. Put your **** helmet on! Why is that so hard??
     
    09-19-2009, 12:46 PM
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