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Snaffle 04-05-2009 07:41 PM

Soooo... will I need a new helmet?
Well today while I was riding, I got the awesome opportunity (not)to ride a horse that's infamous for bucking, rearing, and refusing jumps. I get to the 3rd jump of the line and go thing i remember was me kneeling on my knees (don't even remember getting up onto them) and being really dizzy and my sholder throbing. Well, I landed on my head pretty hard.

I was wondering if I need a new helmet incase there's a dent on the inside or something? I fell on the same side of it as I did the previous time. Is it toast?

Sigh....Thanks in advance.

hrsjmpr32 04-05-2009 08:03 PM

I don't know if it is necessary but I think I would just to be safe. You never know something could have cracked in it.

JustDressageIt 04-06-2009 01:11 AM

Yep, get a new helmet. What isn't apparent on the outside might be the deal breaker on the inside.
When did you buy your last helmet? If it was less than 1-3 years ago, the manufacturer might have an incentive program in place and you could get your new helmet at a discounted rate. It is worth talking to someone about.

I hope you're okay!

Snaffle 04-06-2009 06:42 AM

Thanks guys. It's a CO Hampton and I got it Christmas of '07. I'll see what their policy is.
My mom took me to the hostpital and my shoulder was fine, but I have to be on a 24 hour 'watch' (lame) because I hit my head.

kitten_Val 04-06-2009 08:31 AM

Better get one. BTW, it's great you were not injured by your fall!

luvs2ride1979 04-06-2009 09:50 AM

Glad to hear you weren't seriously hurt!

Yes, I agree, time for a new helmet. Two head-impact falls is all I give mine. Thankfully, that hasn't happened in a LONG time (knock on wood), but it would occasionally when I used to jump. Now I prefer to keep at least 1-2 feet on the ground at all times, lol.

upnover 04-06-2009 10:33 AM

yep, you'll want a new helmet. it is highly recommended after any falls that involve head trauma.

Snaffle 04-06-2009 10:55 AM

I explained this to my dad and he isn't going to buy me a new one. Apparently it's "fine" and that's what helmets are supposed to do. I than told him that they only work to protect your head after one fall when you hit your head hard. But apparently to him that means that I need a new one after everytime I fall off and he's not going to do that.

Non-horse parents don't understand anything.

farmpony84 04-06-2009 11:06 AM

LOL... my old helmet took a ton of hits and should have been replaced but my dad was the same way. They are EXPENSIVE. I still have my old helmet and use it as a back-up for visitors. If you are going to ride at my place... you wear a helmet....

But I would definitely suggest getting a new helmet. Especially with a big bang to the head.

kitten_Val 04-06-2009 11:54 AM


Originally Posted by LisaClarke (Post 283588)
But apparently to him that means that I need a new one after everytime I fall off and he's not going to do that.

Well... Tell him it depends on HOW you fall off. Hopefully on head just once in your life. Hey, talk to you mom instead! :D

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