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post #101 of 103 Old 12-24-2011, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by tlkng1 View Post
One thing people need to remember is that unlike a motorcycle rider who can make a choice as to how the bike might respond, ie, speeding, riding unsafely, the bike is a machine and doesn't think for itself. Same with race cars, mountain bikes, racing boats etc. Yes, laws are in place about helmets for these types due to the fact that the activity/sport does have risks and accidents do happen.

Now, as for horses..no matter how much we may train, desensitize and bombproof a horse, it is STILL an animal that can think for itself and will react on instinct if the right situation comes along.
However you also have to consider the fact that on a motorcycle you are also on the road with hundreds of other drivers - all of who have minds of their own and tend to be distracted in this day and age with cell phones and what not. A motorcycle is also going at much higher speeds which will also increase the amount of damage that can happen if an accident does occur. A horse at full gallop can't keep up with a motorcycle.

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post #102 of 103 Old 12-26-2011, 05:53 PM
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I didn't read all of the pages, but I want to put a little input in. I was once riding an gelding who went into a bucking fit, which got me thrown, right by a tree that my Dad was standing at to try to calm the gelding. I didn't have an helmet on and I'm thankful for that. My head came about an half inch from hitting the tree. Yes, My head could have hit the tree, but with the distance I fell If I had a helmet on the helmet would have smacked the tree and push my head back. In that case I would have been more injured with the helmet, by walking away with a sore back and sore neck, instead of only a sore back. I have also saw the good they had done and I still wear a helmet more often then I don't. We actually this got my Dad an helmet for him to wear on the green broke horses. Sometimes I like to ride a gentle horse with out the helmet, Do I see anything wrong with it nope? Then if I get on my green broke mare, the helmet comes on my head. Another thing is in the group of 20 riders, maybe 5 of us wear helmets and 3 of the helmet wearers are under 16.

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post #103 of 103 Old 12-26-2011, 06:03 PM
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once upon a time, on a cold, Maine winter day, I took a ride on my girl Tuffy. Everything was fine until we cam across a logger on the trail. I noticed it, and tried to turn around, but just then BANG! a tree came down not too far away from us. Tuffy reared, I fell into a snow bank. Not too bad. But then, Tuffy slipped and fell, and as she tried to regain her footing, she used my head to push herself out of the snow bank. I thank God every day that I was wearing my helmet.

Every ride, every time. HELMET HELMET HELMET.

And no one ever is permitted to mount my horses without one. Ever.
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