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princessfluffybritches 11-01-2012 06:05 PM

Help with ugly helmet
 
I have a show on Saturday and I cringe about wearing a helmet. It's just ugly. If I put my hair over my ears, my hair sticks out, if I put my hair behind my ears, my ears look like they stick out. Is there any way to wear that helmet more attractively?

upnover 11-02-2012 12:32 AM

Hairnet! It will keep your hair from sticking out and keep it all neat and tidy. If you YouTube some videos you can find good tutorials in how to do your hair for shows.
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Bluebird 11-02-2012 04:35 AM

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Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches (Post 1740599)
I have a show on Saturday and I cringe about wearing a helmet. It's just ugly. If I put my hair over my ears, my hair sticks out, if I put my hair behind my ears, my ears look like they stick out. Is there any way to wear that helmet more attractively?

There are lots of different styles of riding hats (hard hats) and maybe you need to go 'shopping' (oh yes!!!) Hairnets are a good idea too. Please don't ever ride without a hard hat though no matter how ugly you think you look. If you are ever in an accident with your horse, that hat is the difference between you ever riding again or ending up in a wheechair. In the UK we ride a lot more on our country roads as we have few wide open spaces. I have seen so many riding friends end up with bad head injuries with some proving fatal. Not good. Enjoy your riding and just think, your horse couldn't care less what you look like as long as you are there for him.

princessfluffybritches 11-02-2012 09:47 AM

Yes, I think the hairnet may do it. I'll go buy one.

Bluebird, Nice excuse to go shopping! But who needs an excuse, LOL.

I almost never wore a helmet in 25 years. But I've boarded my horse the last 3 years and they had a rule if under 16, you must wear a helmet. So here I am riding with these young teens with these helmets, and I thought, if I'm an adult, shouldn't I be setting an example? So I started wearing one. Needless to say, I went thru a spooky phase with my mare and got dumped about 5 times and once hit my head so hard that I was dizzy and nauseaus for 2 days-with the helmet on!

So, as ugly as it is, we need to wear them. And I'm glad that some of the Olympic riders (like UK's Dressage winner) choose to wear helmets and set an example for younger riders.

But, it's really hard to get that vision out of my head of riding with long flowing hair.........

Bluebird 11-02-2012 02:12 PM

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Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches (Post 1741317)
Yes, I think the hairnet may do it. I'll go buy one.

Bluebird, Nice excuse to go shopping! But who needs an excuse, LOL.

I almost never wore a helmet in 25 years. But I've boarded my horse the last 3 years and they had a rule if under 16, you must wear a helmet. So here I am riding with these young teens with these helmets, and I thought, if I'm an adult, shouldn't I be setting an example? So I started wearing one. Needless to say, I went thru a spooky phase with my mare and got dumped about 5 times and once hit my head so hard that I was dizzy and nauseaus for 2 days-with the helmet on!

So, as ugly as it is, we need to wear them. And I'm glad that some of the Olympic riders (like UK's Dressage winner) choose to wear helmets and set an example for younger riders.

But, it's really hard to get that vision out of my head of riding with long flowing hair.........

Forget long flowing hair, a good riding hat will make you look BEAUTIFUL. I keep telling myself that and I'm in my 50s and still riding...

princessfluffybritches 11-02-2012 05:21 PM

Haha, me too. It's just not going to happen. I bought a hairnet. The other thing I did is I adjusted the straps so that the strap is over my ear instead of in front of it. It looks real good from that. It's snug and safe.

Bluebird 11-02-2012 07:47 PM

I bet you look drop dead gorgeous just like me. You go girl! At our age, who cares anyway. You only live once and I for one intend to live a heck of a long time which is why I wear my riding hat!

SorrelHorse 11-02-2012 07:52 PM

I'm not going to get into the "helmet vs. no helmet" debate,

But what kind of helmet do you have? Maybe you should get a differant style?

princessfluffybritches 11-02-2012 08:28 PM

Ovation (?). It does look good now. I went thru pages and pages of sites and looked at how those models look good in their helmets, and noticed that the front strap is further back over their ear.

These shows are a very casual series at my barn , half of the classes are for gaited horses and the other half English equitation and Western trail and pleasure. Some of us decided that even tho you do not have to dress, or wash your horse (LOL), there is still a matter of respect to the judge. Today I cleaned my horse and tack. I've got very dark jeans and a polo shirt. This is all for fun. I don't really show anymore, that was quite a few years ago. Luck!!!

princessfluffybritches 11-04-2012 09:13 PM

Here's me and the helmet-and my horse.

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