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  • People tease me because i wear a helmet
  • Men feel emasculated wearing helmets

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    09-19-2012, 11:33 PM
  #1
Yearling
Thumbs up Let's talk helmets!

So I broke my two fur babies these past two summers. I have went off quiet a few times and have had about four concussions.... The last one (w/o a helmet) was an incident where my saddle pinched my mare. She immediately began to run and spun 360, sending me flying off and landing about two feet from pavement (luckily I landed in the grass), but I was knocked unconscious for almost five minutes. So I finally agreed with my husband to wear a helmet with my young horses. I know I will probably get made fun of (which is sad, bc I would get so mad if someone told my husband not to wear on on his dirtbike). I was surprised to see how many experienced riders supported me. So how many of you wear helmets? And how many of you are guilty of teasing? (please don't tease, just give your reason why you tease, lol)
     
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    09-19-2012, 11:43 PM
  #2
Weanling
I wear one religiously.

In fact my dressage trainer does too. Also, my previous trainer who teaches at a fancy barn has to wear one because it is MANDATORY for ALL riders of EVERY level.

I don't see the point in taking such a risk. Needless to say, I cringe when I see those young girls running barrels without a helmet . . .

I don't understand why people have to tease someone or mock the idea of wearing one. As if there is this idea that if you wear a helmet you are less experienced of a rider or even emasculating if you are a man.
^and if the above is the secret reason you DON'T wear one than maybe you need to rethink why you even ride horses at all.
     
    09-19-2012, 11:59 PM
  #3
Green Broke
I wear a helmet and body protector every ride. No exceptions. I will not ride with people who do not wear helmets. They may not be concerned about themselves, but I really don't want to be there for the time they happen to get their brains smashed against a rock.

I don't understand why you would not wear a helmet on an untrained horse. What could be possibly worth the risk?

I also don't understand the comment about teasing. Are you concerned that people on the board would tease you for wearing a helmet? I think you'll find on this board you'll get more grief for NOT wearing a helmet.

I hope you realize that 4 concussions is serious. If you look at all the recent studies on children and sports injuries, you'll find that you've already passed the number of concussions "allowed" before that child has to give up sports FOR LIFE? Concussions put you at a higher risk for personality changes, memory loss, problems with cognitive function, anxiety, depression, etc etc etc. You're even at higher risk for Alzheimer's and dementia.

What is so horrible about a helmet that you repeatedly risked that? Even if someone did tease you for a helmet, why is that person's opinion SO IMPORTANT that you would risk it? I'm not chiding you, but I really don't understand your stance on not wearing a helmet.

A link talking about some of my points: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/07/158361...isis-in-sports
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    09-20-2012, 12:38 AM
  #4
Trained
I do not ride in one unless the barn requires it or unless I am showing english/at a show that requires it. However, I do not condemn those that do wear theirs....
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    09-20-2012, 12:55 AM
  #5
Yearling
NO NO NO! I WEAR A HELMET NOW! It's all black and shiny! It's hard to remember to wear it, But I've been remembering! I have had one fall off my gelding since I started wearing it. Didnt hit my head, but glad I had it on. I am older now, and I have a small child to care for. Like I told my hubby. I really can't tell you I wont wear one, when I expect you to wear one on his bike. There arent many people who wear one around here. So I decided to try to be a role model for the kids riding around here and encourage and praise them for wearing helmets! :) The main reason I didnt wear one, is bc no one around her does. I finally changed my thinking tho. Trying to change others too. This is our chance to maybe convince more folks to wear them!
     
    09-20-2012, 12:58 AM
  #6
Started
Why? We don't want to be convinced :P My horse lopes slow and my hair looks perfect, nothing else matters!
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    09-20-2012, 01:09 AM
  #7
Yearling
I'm a western rider who wears one, admittedly mostly on horses I'm unfamiliar with or I know to sometimes be spooky. I just much rather deal with wearing something less then fashionable while I ride then to suffer any painful consequences, I'm a total wimp that way. I'm young and do not want to later feel the impacts concussions can have on me. A friend of mine is a pilot by profession and chooses to wear one because head trauma could end her career.

The only "teasing" that bothers me is that somehow my wearing a helmet has translated to my drill team mates that I'm afraid to ride...little silly to me and digs at my self esteem a little.

A big distinction, that I'm pointing out because of Oh vair oh's comment, is that I don't think this thread is about convincing people to wear helmets. It's an absolutely personal choice. I do not, I'll repeat....I DO NOT preach to other adult riders that they should wear a helmet, in return all I ask is that you don't look down on me for wearing one.
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    09-20-2012, 01:12 AM
  #8
Yearling
Helmets should be worn with EVERY horse, not just green ones.

My SIL and I are the only adult Western riders at our local show that wear helmets. If others are going to make fun of us for it, perhaps they've lost too many brain cells by hitting their helmetless heads too many times. I honestly could care less what others think. My safety is more important than my vanity.
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    09-20-2012, 01:24 AM
  #9
Trained
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
Helmets should be worn with EVERY horse, not just green ones.

My SIL and I are the only adult Western riders at our local show that wear helmets. If others are going to make fun of us for it, perhaps they've lost too many brain cells by hitting their helmetless heads too many times. I honestly could care less what others think. My safety is more important than my vanity.
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I think I just got called stupid...
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    09-20-2012, 01:24 AM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by oh vair oh    
Why? We don't want to be convinced :P My horse lopes slow and my hair looks perfect, nothing else matters!
I hope that's only sarcasm - regardless of whether or not your horse can lope slow is beside the point.
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