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        08-26-2011, 01:59 PM
    What's a bos?

    Goldenhorse: You can't be scared your whole life.
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        08-26-2011, 02:05 PM
    Green Broke
    Ahahaha whoops... I meant boys*
        08-26-2011, 02:07 PM
    Originally Posted by Bearkiller    
    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.
    I'm way older than your kids and I wear one. Things happen even with the best riders and quietest horses. My helmet definitely saved me couple times on trail from hitting the branches too hard.
        08-26-2011, 02:08 PM
    Sorry, there is so much shorthand on this board I thought maybe I was missing out on something important. :) Yes boys will be boys. Last night when we were deer hunting we found a good sized bear track and he wanted to go back to the truck and get his bb gun and hunt the bruin down. I'm not sure where he gets this stuff. LOL.
        08-26-2011, 02:16 PM
    Originally Posted by Bearkiller    
    goldenhorse: You can't be scared your whole life.
    **** right I can, makes me a cheap date, I don't have to go on a roller coaster to get my adrenalin pumping, I can do that crossing the street in the city!

    I don't see what in my post though says being scared, I call it being sensible, arms and legs break, skin bruises and tears, but it tends to heal up reasonably well. Brains though, don't do so well through trauma, and I prefer to preserve what grey matter I still have, age is nibbling away at the edges, but I'm not planning on becoming a total vegetable anytime soon.

    If I was THAT scared I wouldn't ride, I wouldn't jump, hell I wouldn't even go into a field of horses, but I do all those things, but the fact I am nervous means that I take sensible precautions.

    Small example, I think it's sensible to wear gloves when leading horses, I often don't bother though with the riding horses, but always do with youngsters, or when loading or anytime I think I may have to hang on in there. Guess what, I've been leading mares and foals about all summer, even in the heat wearing leather work gloves. The one day I didn't have them, and couldn't be bothered to walk back and get them, the pair I was leading spooked badly and I had rope burns, should of listened to my sensible side.

    As a parent I took decisions for my kids, that said yes you can ride a bike, a horse, you can ski, shoot, fell trees, in fact most anything you want to try you can, but you will wear the proper gear!
        08-26-2011, 02:19 PM
    Leaving aside the VERY important issue of a possible fall (and especially risky if there are rocks around, as even an otherwise minor fall can kill if one's head strikes a rock), I prefer to wear a helmet every single ride just to keep from having to duck under branches and worry about them tangling in my hair or scratching my scalp. Much nicer to just bow my head and let them slide on over. The only time I can recall not wearing a helmet in the recent past is a ride through the snow when it was below freezing out. We were riding through an area without many trees, so I took my chances that the deep snow would protect my noggin if I fell, and wore a warm hat instead of a hard but not very warm helmet. I survived, of course.

    To answer the OP, yes, you should make your children wear a helmet. Better safe than sorry, plus they are convenient as I mentioned above. Get one with good ventilation, and if he whines and complains that it's too hot, take breaks where he must get off the horse to remove his helmet.
        08-26-2011, 02:58 PM
    I agree with the policy "no helmet, no ride". I love the suggestions to let him decorate his own helmet. Also make sure it fits well and is comfortable. I finally invested in a helmet rather then buying the least expensive one I could find and the difference in comfort is tremendous. Fwiw, the were two children riding out on ponies lead by adults walking with lead ropes over soft ground on private land and those kids were wearing helmets. All riders fall eventually imo. Keep'em safe!
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        08-26-2011, 04:11 PM
    I was clearly teasing goldenhorse.
        08-26-2011, 05:02 PM
    I don't wear one, I'm an adult and can make that choice. My daughter is 6, has been riding since birth, shows walk\trot & trail rides unassisted but my rule is "no helmet, no ride." Her mount is a 24 year old dead to rights broke retired reiner that I've owned since birth, know inside & out and she still has to wear one. Regardless of how broke or trustworthy they are, they are still animals with a mind of their own and you never know when they might have a bad day.
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        08-26-2011, 07:25 PM
    Green Broke
    I say the greener the horse or rider the more the need for a helmet no matter what the age is.

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