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post #1 of 37 Old 09-11-2009, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Western Show Helmets - opinion?

I cannot figure out why Western riders don't wear helmets in the show ring... especially YOUTH. I really think all associations should make it mandatory for youth riders to wear a helmet while mounted at a horse show.

If just one or two of the bigger associations would implement this rule, everyone would follow.

It's just plain ole safety.

No young rider in the western classes will wear one for fear of ridicule from his peers. That's why I feel the associations need to mandate the change.

What is your opinion?
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post #2 of 37 Old 09-11-2009, 09:17 PM
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I agree! You can even glue a western hat on a helmet, it looks pretty good!
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post #3 of 37 Old 09-11-2009, 09:35 PM
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Yep, I agree. When it comes to youth especially, safety is paramount!
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post #4 of 37 Old 09-11-2009, 10:09 PM
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You get laughed at where I ride if you wear a helmet in a barrel class or something.

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post #5 of 37 Old 09-11-2009, 10:46 PM
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I barrel race in a helmet and I've never gotten laughed at. Theres actually a barrel racer that got an awesome sponsorship from a helmet company for running in a helmet.
At the local shows here, they are mandatory. I do wish larger organizations would make it mandatory for minors to have a helmet though.
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post #6 of 37 Old 09-12-2009, 05:17 AM
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At my little local show association, nearly all of the youths wear helmets. You can wear a hat, if you have permission off your parents. Everyone encourages safety there. And I think people are stupid if they laugh at you for wearing a helmet. They're the stupid ones for not considering their own safety.
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I hate it when kids think that the cowboy hat they're wearing will protect their head if they fall. I'd like to see a cowboy hat that would protect you from those hard hooves.

It is not enough for a man to know how to ride; he must know how to fall.
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post #8 of 37 Old 09-12-2009, 12:04 PM
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I agree! I never had to wear a helmet growing up... even in local shows! I wish I had known they had this! I think its cute!

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post #9 of 37 Old 09-12-2009, 12:46 PM
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When I ride, I usually wear a helmet. And in 4-H shows I do, but in other shows, I don't, and I just use a regular helemt. I hate the western hat ones, It makes your head look 5x bigger than it is.
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post #10 of 37 Old 09-15-2009, 03:53 AM
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If my kids can't lope in a circle in a western saddle without falling off then I don't want them at the show. I think that helmets often give riders a false sense of security and let them do things they shouldn't be doing anyway. I really don't think that associations should be mandating helmet use. People have the inherent right to choose what and how much safety precautions they use. One reason tht western riders don't use helmets much is that a western saddle is much easier to ride and your usually not jumping fences in one. I come from an area that has alot of horses and I don't know of anyone that has had a head injury from falling off. I currently have a finger injury and I know some people that have badly broken thier legs but no head injuries. I'm not saying that it doesn't happen but it is not as common as people think.
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