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    09-20-2012, 01:36 AM
  #11
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Funny how much things can differ by region. Around here, many more persons ride in helmets than don't, regardless of discipline.

It's like perfectly normal. I feel "naked" without mine.
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    09-20-2012, 01:42 AM
  #12
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
funny how much things can differ by region. Around here, many more persons ride in helmets than don't, regardless of discipline.

It's like perfectly normal. I feel "naked" without mine.
So do I, I also feel unbalanced :/
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    09-20-2012, 02:33 AM
  #13
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Originally Posted by smguidotti    
I hope that's only sarcasm - regardless of whether or not your horse can lope slow is beside the point.
I've pretty much just given up trying to explain my reasons for not wearing one, and why people don't have the right to make me wear one - the only reason I have to give is "because I don't want to".

Doesn't mean I don't have any brain cells in my head... What's up with that?


Also, my mom wore a helmet show jumping for 30 years and broke her neck. Helmet ain't going to save you from being paralyzed, trampled, or otherwise. Doesn't mean we start condemning jumpers for not wearing neck braces. Though I do wear a helmet when I jump because I am inexperienced and using more of the horse's physical capabilities. Versus in western pleasure where I usually do no more than a crawl.

Sometimes you just play the odds that are in your best favor. The higher the chance of danger, the more likely I will put on a helmet. I.e. Breaking a young horse, difficult trail rides, jumping, inexperience, etc. versus my high experience level with working a western horse on a flat, my capabilities and confidence to train in a "crisis" moment, and my ability to read a horse. There is always the 1% that the horse will randomly "freak out", but my quality of comfort exceeds my concern for that small percentage. Like how driving a car is infinitely more dangerous, but our need to travel to work quickly exceeds our concern for the likelihood of injury.
     
    09-20-2012, 02:40 AM
  #14
Yearling
My fall was a wake up call. I mean, when your waking up wondering why you dreamt you fell off, then slowly realize that you WAS actually riding and it wsnt a dream! Then my husband's face when he picked me up off the trail to take me to ER. I had to also put myself in my loved ones shoes. I was lucky I didnt hit the concrete. My horse wasnt trying to hurt me, but she is young and overreacted. Another loved one of mine was riding her 12yr old horse in her field when he reared at something in the path and she fell off backwards and hit her head and knocked herself out... this is also one of the people that laughs at me when I buckle mine up. It DOES bother me a little that my riding skills are questioned bc I choose to wear a helmet. But I also point out that I am riding a green and started arab crosses... Which helps, but I should have ot make a reason to justify my choice. I am just one of those people who do care what people think I guess. But not enough to make me not wear my helmet and risk it. I wish I had worn one when I started. It would have save me alot of headaches (literally)...
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    09-20-2012, 02:44 AM
  #15
Yearling
@oh Vair Oh, I see what your saying. I don't want to force you to wear one. But for myself, I know the injuries a helmet won't prevent, but the brain is still rather important, so I'll try to protect that. I thought eventually after my horses are more experienced that I would take it off, but by then my son will be riding, and I want him to wear one. I can't tell him to wear one, while I don't. I'm going to set an example.
     
    09-20-2012, 02:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Wheatermay    
@oh Vair Oh, I see what your saying. I don't want to force you to wear one. But for myself, I know the injuries a helmet won't prevent, but the brain is still rather important, so I'll try to protect that. I thought eventually after my horses are more experienced that I would take it off, but by then my son will be riding, and I want him to wear one. I can't tell him to wear one, while I don't. I'm going to set an example.
Good for you, and you should. If you feel you need a helmet, then you should probably wear one : ). I don't have a problem with that at all - your gut and intuition are the most important indicators of a situation. And you should set a good example for your son. I do agree that children should wear helmets. I had to wear a helmet until I was 14 and then I was allowed to make the decision on my own. Of course, if I had less experience (I have been on a horse since birth), I would continue to express the need for a helmet until you have reached a high level of confidence in yourself and your horse.
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    09-20-2012, 02:54 AM
  #17
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On young horses (and I seem to be riding many these days....) I generally wear a helmet and a body protector for the first few rides. Then just the helmet. Then none at all.... I am extremely confident in my ability to stay on a horse (My trainer has actually been telling me I need to do saddle bronc, with a serious tone, even though I keep telling her NO. ) But young horses are just young horses; Inexperienced and overreactive.

However the mare I have now...I do not feel the need.

I don't believe that there is a right or wrong answer. I think it's personal preference. I do often preach to the riders at the barn about wearing a helmet, then I turn right around and get on my horse without one. I'm a walking contradiction. :)

OP - I think it's great that you are being careful with your safety. ^^
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    09-20-2012, 03:10 AM
  #18
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Originally Posted by Wheatermay    
@oh Vair Oh, I see what your saying. I don't want to force you to wear one. But for myself, I know the injuries a helmet won't prevent, but the brain is still rather important, so I'll try to protect that. I thought eventually after my horses are more experienced that I would take it off, but by then my son will be riding, and I want him to wear one. I can't tell him to wear one, while I don't. I'm going to set an example.
Yeah. I like the comparison between helmets and seat belts. Sure people can still die or be seriously injured in a car accident, even if they are wearing their seat belt, but it won't be because they flew through the car's windshield.

I know I can still be seriously injured in a fall, but the risk of a traumatic brain injury is greatly reduced.

And I absolutely never ride in a car without a seat belt, nor do I ride any horse without a helmet. It is not a matter of training or trust in the horse, since any horse can trip (which is how I had my first and so far only fall).
     
    09-20-2012, 03:29 AM
  #19
Yearling
I actually didnt know they have body protectors for horsesback riding! LOL... I could have used that a few months ago, bwahaha!
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    09-20-2012, 07:31 AM
  #20
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Do not ever wear a helmet, have never even tried one on. Would never make fun of anyone wearing one...or scold someone for not. I hate when someone posts pictures and than there is the "where is the helmet on that kid" My daughter (16) and granddaughter (10) both own them and both wear them at times.

Oh vair oh I loved your post on not wrecking your hair and that your horse lopes slow. Thanks for the morning smile.
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