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    08-26-2011, 01:11 PM

Is it appropriate to have my 6 and 7 year old wear helmets on the trail? My daughter doesn't care but my son has expressed a deep desire not to. Even though our speed will generally be a walking speed there are alot of tree and rocks in our area. I will appreciate a real world answer. I'm not into the PC answers. Unless it's actually right. Their horse is very docile and 13 years old.
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    08-26-2011, 01:13 PM
Horses are unpredictable, even docile, well trained, been-there done-that animals. If you've been around horses long enough, you already know that.

It only takes one fall to break open a little head and cause a TBI. Do you really want to take that chance?

Make your son wear a helmet, at least until he's at the age of majority and can make that decision for himself.

I'm rarely PC, by the way. Some people find that hard to take.
    08-26-2011, 01:19 PM
Yes, absolutely make them wear a helmet. When you drive in a car, do they wear their seatbelts? Horses are more unpredictable than cars, but none the less you can't control outside stimuli. This is a no brainer. There will be times when kids don't want to do alot of things their parents ask (eat vegetables, take a bath, do homework) but we make them for their own good. Please, for your own sanity make them wear a helmet. What would you do if you didnt chose to and they end up severely injured or worse..
    08-26-2011, 01:20 PM
Green Broke
I don't wear a helmet but I make my 10 yr old son wear one. He fusses and whines, but too bad so sad!
    08-26-2011, 01:35 PM
My girls never wore helmets while on horseback when they were growing up. However, we were all younger and dumber back then. Have both of them wear helmets. If it will help, maybe he could pick out his own helmet - or decorate it to make it more apealing. Flames, maybe?
    08-26-2011, 01:39 PM
Green Broke
I would make them wear helmets, to me its just not worth the risk... maybe getting him a helmet with a cool patturn on it or some kind of fun helmet would help him enjoy wearing one?
    08-26-2011, 01:41 PM
Yes to wearing helmets, very appropriate to wear one whenever you are on a horse, even more important when we are talking about kiddies.

Yes to letting him pick his own helmet, but extreme caution in letting him decorate, so many things have the potential to weaken a helmet, much safer to order one of these Helmet Covers Etc, English and Western Riding Helmet Covers. Stretch fit for all styles Helmets , such fun
    08-26-2011, 01:44 PM
Yeah, when I was younger we didn't wear seatbelts either. Now days kids are in booster seats until they're 18. :) I don't believe in hermetically sealing children but I'm not afraid to make them be as safe as reasonably possible. Besides, it's fall here and the helmet will help keep his head warm.
    08-26-2011, 01:50 PM
Green Broke
My mom never bubble wrapped me (heck, I think she's STILL trying to kill me half the time!) but seatbelts and helmets to me are just reasonable, if I accidently stab myself with a knife, well, then I need stitches, but if a dog chases my horse and I fall off and hit my head, that could very easily be the end of me.

Oh golden horse the helmet covers are a good idea! I was thinking glitter glue and stuff to decorate...... but I guess bos don't like that do they? Lol.
    08-26-2011, 01:59 PM
I'm 24 and I still wear a helmet when I ride. It may not be the most fashionable, but it's a small price to pay for a fully-functioning noggin. The last time I fell off (12ish years ago), I hit my head hard enough to crack my helmet and be sent to the hospital for an emergency cat scan (or whatever it's called when they send you through that big white tube). The horse was doing a slow lope around the outdoor arena, I tipped off and managed to catch the side of my helmet on a small rock. If I hadn't been wearing my helmet, that rock would have hit my skull...

EDIT: If he's an edgy type kid, maybe he might want to glue a fake mohawk to his helmet. :)
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