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kitten_Val 02-08-2008 10:16 AM

Western hat
 
I'm thinking about getting one. Any suggestions and advices are very welcome! :)

Is there such a thing as western "helmet"? Something like helmet "western-looking". I believe I heard somewhere about it, but have no idea what is that. :roll:

Vidaloco 02-08-2008 10:37 AM

Troxel makes a sort of western style helmet called the Sierra (sp?) its basicly just a regular helmet with leather on the ourside so it looks a little more "westerny" I thought about getting one but then considered the cleaning issue and went with the Dakota. I like it a lot its pretty comfy but haven't worn it in the really warm months yet.
If you are talking western cowboy type hats I prefer a palm leaf hat that I can shape different ways according to my mood. They aren't as expensive as some and I can give Vida a drink from it on the trail and not feel bad about getting it wet. Since I have started wearing a helmet I need to figure some other way to get her a drink since they have holes in them :?

kitten_Val 02-08-2008 11:54 AM

Thanks, Vida! I do talk about both, actually. Best would be to find western hat with some kinda protection, so it'd look western, but adds safety. May be just my dreams... Lol!

By palm leaf you mean this one?
http://www.atwoodhats.com/palmleaf.html

Do you know those palm ones are allowed at the shows as well? They state "western hat" in rules, but without details...

wiresalot 02-08-2008 11:54 PM

If you have trust in your horse, and became friends, you would not need that helmet.

JustDressageIt 02-09-2008 12:17 AM

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If you have trust in your horse, and became friends, you would not need that helmet
WHAT???? NO NO NO NO NO!!!!!!

REGARDLESS of how long you have known your horse, how much "trust" you have between you and the horse THEY ARE UNPREDICATBLE ANIMALS.

RIDING IS DANGEROUS.

WEAR A HELMET.

I have been riding for most of my life, and I ALWAYS wear a helmet, even if I'm riding some kid's gentle pony. Why? Because you can never be 100% sure what you horse is going to do. Something could happen, even as simple as the horse "popping" a fence or spooking at something - anything - and you could whack your head against their neck (concussion - believe me, been there, done that) or fall.

Even while grooming, it's a good idea. I never used to until just recently: a good friend of mine (an INTERNATIONAL dressage rider) just got seriously hurt because she was grooming the horse's legs, the horse spooked and whacked her on the head with its knee... she got knocked out and hasn't been able to ride since (happened about a month ago).




If you seriously think you and your horse have such a bond that enables you to not wear a helmet, get your head checked, I think it's already damaged.


I'm sorry.

Vidaloco 02-09-2008 09:38 AM

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Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Thanks, Vida! I do talk about both, actually. Best would be to find western hat with some kinda protection, so it'd look western, but adds safety. May be just my dreams... Lol!

By palm leaf you mean this one?
http://www.atwoodhats.com/palmleaf.html

Do you know those palm ones are allowed at the shows as well? They state "western hat" in rules, but without details...

Yep, those are them. If you get tired of the shape you can wet them and reform them any way you want. I have one that looks like the Nevada (pg 4) but I reshaped the brim up for a more westrn look and added a stampede string.
I'm not sure about showing. I know I wear a wool felt hat in the winter and a palm straw in the summer. I can't see them not being allowed in show.

Vidaloco 02-09-2008 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by wiresalot
If you have trust in your horse, and became friends, you would not need that helmet.


I know Justdressageit already jumped on this, but want to add. A good friend of mine told me about one of the best horse trainers/cowboys he ever knew (and he is the best in my book) was training a horse to stand tied. The horse pulled back broke the brass lead clip which then came back and hit him in the head like a bullett. He now needs help being fed and will never recover. I wear my helmet from the time I walk out of the house till I put my saddle back in the tack room. I trust my horse with my life and she is my best animal friend, but thats why they call them accidents, they can happen at any time with no fault to horse or rider.

tim 02-09-2008 05:55 PM

I never wear helmets except for 4-H requirements. Just find a nice hat.

Feathers 02-09-2008 10:32 PM

I personally do prefer to always wear a helmet. You've got a lot to lose up in that noggin...why lose it when you can prevent it??

BluMagic 02-09-2008 10:35 PM

I don't wear a helmet...yet...because I am barely going to start English. But I think that wearing a helmet is very helpful, safe, and beneficial to riding. Unless I'm riding Western. Then I won't.....lol


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