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post #21 of 103 Old 11-26-2011, 09:19 AM
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During a chat with a safety specialist he bro't up the topic of helmets. His concern was - would there be a greater instance of broken necks because of the thickness of helmets just above the base of the skull. As one falls, the head stops but the neck keeps going. Good point, which raises more confusion over the helmet issue.
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post #22 of 103 Old 11-26-2011, 09:36 AM
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i feel ounce and cracked my helment if i didnt have one on that would of been my head not getting on a horse without one now

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post #23 of 103 Old 11-26-2011, 09:42 AM
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Based on the studies I linked to, if you fall on your head, a helmet will cut serious injuries by about 50%. That is based on reduced injuries seen, which would include any problems caused BY the helmet.

How much overall risk they cut depends on the odds of your falling on your head, which is a common fall in jumping and an uncommon fall in flats. Here is how your overall risk reduction would work, if the first number is the chance of the fall, and the last number is the overall risk reduction due to wearing a helmet:

50% cut 50% = 25% overall
10% cut 50% = 5% overall
1% cut 50% = 0.5% overall
0.1% cut 50% = 0.05% overall

Thus a helmet is very important if the risk of falling is high, and much less important as the risk of falling on your head goes down. I'd do most anything to cut my risk by 25%. I'm a lot less concerned about dropping my risk by 0.05%.
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post #24 of 103 Old 11-26-2011, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post

Thus a helmet is very important if the risk of falling is high, and much less important as the risk of falling on your head goes down. I'd do most anything to cut my risk by 25%. I'm a lot less concerned about dropping my risk by 0.05%.
Every adult (sorry kids it's your parents desision) should have a right to choose to wear or not wear a helmet. Though before making that choice i think they should be well informed of the risks involved. It is their responsibility to seek out the information. It doesn't seem to me that the OPs goal was to judge those who don't wear helmets but to share her experience and her reasoning as to why she wears one. Though there may have been a little undertone of judgment i think it was rather unintentional.

Here is when i wear a helmet:
-Sports (racing, jumping, polo, etc)
-Green Horse (if i don't know how a horse will react to some situations)
-Training (anything new to the horse i usually have a helmet)
-Rough Terrain ( bad footing, lots of low limbs)
-"new" horse (unpredictable)

I accept the risk involved with not always wearing a helmet and don't expect society to wipe my butt or hold my sippy cup if it comes to that.

If i am on someone else's horse or someone else's property i follow their rules.
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post #25 of 103 Old 11-26-2011, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by VelvetsAB View Post
I am tired of threads like these.

If I don't want to wear a helmet, then I won't, no matter how many "horror" stories are told.

I'm an adult, and can make my own decisions, thanks.
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thats on the ball,its down to personal responsibility,why worry about what the next person is doing,if your happy wearing a helmet good luck to you,by the same measure if you don,t wear one good luck to you as well
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post #26 of 103 Old 11-26-2011, 10:14 PM
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To each there own. But personally I'd rather die doing something I love and if it's meant to be its meant to be.

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post #27 of 103 Old 11-26-2011, 10:34 PM
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I've worn a helmet a total of three times in my entire life of riding (and I started riding when I was three...I'm seventeen now). I've gone through tons of falls, three concussions, many broken bones, and a few near death accidents.

I'm not going to wear one. Never again.

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post #28 of 103 Old 11-26-2011, 11:54 PM
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Every time that I've fallen off, it's been while I'm doing flat work. Never once while jumping.

Times are changing and I'm fairly certain that wearing helmets will become as normal as wearing a seatbelt. I'm sure that there were many people who thought it was a dumb idea to wear a seatbelt at first, but now almost everyone does it.

The argument, "If you want to preach about wearing helmets you better wear safety vests too." doesn't make much sense to me. That's like saying, "If you tell people to wear seat belts in a car, you should have all of the equipment that a Nascar driver does." Yes, Nascar is more dangerous than every day driving but jumping is more dangerous than riding on the flat is. Is everyone going to stop racing cars/jumping. No.

People love to do things that are really dangerous so why not try to make it a bit safer? Even if that means by 0.05% .

Sorry if that doesn't make any sense. I began rambling.

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I don't understand why some people are taking offense to this. I love my helmet <3 it has saved me so many times from bad falls lol. I think it's quite nifty how helmets are, me and my friends always compare them lol.

Anyways, I think it's an adults call on wearing a helmet. No one can force someone over the age to wear one, unless they are on someone else's property, or on someone else's horse.

As for the vest comment, I think all jumpers should wear them, even if your just schooling. I have fallen off so many times while jumping and I wished I was wearing a vest.

I've only ridden one time without a helmet and that was when my friend was with me and we rode double on Cowboy and I only had one helmet and gave it to her. I even cantered Cowboy without a helmet and wow it felt awesome, but it was in the back of my mind that he could have bolted or spooked and I could have fell.

Anyways, yes I think helmets save lives, no I wouldn't force anyone if I just saw them. Helmets, and seatbelts are all personal choices, but if you choose not to wear them you have to face the consequences. Helmet-injury, seatbelt-ticket (or injury)
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post #30 of 103 Old 11-27-2011, 03:31 AM
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Originally Posted by lubylol View Post
I have fallen off so many times while jumping and I wished I was wearing a vest.

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This is what you should focus on and fix. Christopher Reeves was wearing a helmet and vest and still ended up a quadraplegic.
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