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post #1 of 25 Old 07-05-2013, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy heartbreaking, PLEASE wear a helmet.

I know the helmet thing is a touchy subject and while I agree it is a choice to wear one I think people should choose to wear one I'm just not going to freak out if you don't.
A local woman and her daughter were out riding this past Wednesday night when a dog spooked the mothers green horse, she was thrown and later died of head injuries in hospital her daughter escaped with minor injuries, cuts and bruises. what I can't understand is why anyone would ride a green horse with out a helmet. Our local equestrian community is heartbroken and extends our thoughts and prayers to the family, especially the daughter. I so hope the girl doesn't quit riding because of this, I'd understand if she did and it wouldn't shock me but still...it'd just be so sad for that to be the outcome, I guess we'll have to see what feelings are stronger, love of riding or sadness from losing her Mom.
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post #2 of 25 Old 07-05-2013, 11:29 PM
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That is so horrible! I really don't understand why people don't wear helmets...Sure they feel clunky and make you feel like a dork at times but at least you know your head has less of a chance at sustaining life threatening injuries...no brain, no life... Of course its still possible to break your neck while wearing a helmet but how many times do you land on top of your head? I'd gather a whole lot less than when you fall on your back and get your head whip lashed into the ground.

I guess it's kind of like people who get into cars and don't wear a seat belt, 'because its uncomfortable' or they don't think they need it.

In either case it's their choice, but I completely agree with you...it is a foolish decision not to.

(I'd also be curious to see how many people that don't wear helmets but do wear their seat belts)
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post #3 of 25 Old 07-05-2013, 11:35 PM
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Remembering that it is everyone's own decision to wear, or not wear, a helmet and that we should all respect that and remember to not to turn this thread into a debate about that.

My thoughts are with the family and especially the young girl - hopefully she will continue to ride once she has grieved over her mothers death.

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post #4 of 25 Old 07-05-2013, 11:40 PM
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With the seat belt thing, you can still die in a car accident while wearing a seat belt, but is lessens the chance. Same for helmets. At my neighbors barn, if you are under 18 you must wear a helmet. My friend was counting down to her 18th birthday to be free from it, and I was dreading it. I've been on horses that have reared, I could only imagine the injuries you would get, even with wearing a helmet.. Imagine if the horse flipped on you and you weren't.

Who cares if it doesn't make you look amazing. Do you really want to risk your life? Sure I've ridden without a helmet on several occasions, and man does it feel good having a breeze go through your hair.. But I was still scared and in the back of my mind I wanted my helmet.

Does anyone else notice, once you wear it enough, you don't even notice it on your head? It becomes a part of your riding experience, so why not wear one?
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post #5 of 25 Old 07-05-2013, 11:44 PM
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I got a pretty good concussion landing on my noggin when my gelding had his one and only (so far) bucking fit. I was out cold for a while and still don't remember most of that day. Apparently I kept repeating the same thing over and over again. And that was WITH a helmet. I'd hate to think what might have happened without. I ordered a new one as soon as I could see and not be dizzy looking at a computer screen.

That poor family, I can only imagine how much they must be hurting right now.
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post #6 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 12:22 AM
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This is so sad. It's a sad reminder that freak accidents can and do happen. I hope the daughter can grieve and find peace and closure.
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post #7 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 08:27 AM
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You can't fight a person's freedom of choice, only appeal to their common sense. I have only ridden twice without a helmet. The first time was because the other girls were always on me about wearing my helmet..this was back in the early 80s and the helmets then didn't have harnesses so compared to today's helmets, were more for show to complete the outfit than any real safety measure; they almost always came off in a fall or if fit well enough not to come off, gave you a headache from being too tight. I lasted 30 minutes and had to dismount and get my helmet regardless of the sneers.

The other time was just a brain freeze..I forgot to put it on after lunging my horse. I went down maybe half the side of the arena and couldn't understand why my hair was blowing around in the breeze (I really did have a brain freeze :)) and suddenly realized I was without my helmet and immediately dismounted and put it on.

I haven't fallen a lot, probably not more than other long term riders, but, I have had falls where I hit the back of my head hard enough to shatter the shell of one helmet (Troxel) and do serious damage to another (GPA helmet). I passed along the remains to others who still refuse to wear a helmet, even while jumping professional jumper sized fences. Some wave it off, some just smile...I feel I gave the demonstration but I can't protect them from themselves.

All of my horses have always been steady and quiet but there is, and was, always that possibility of a major spook or stumble. Unless I am having another brain freeze no one will see me without my helmet while mounted. To me it is like wearing a shirt....I feel naked without it.

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post #8 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 09:23 AM
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So heartbreaking, i should no, a few year ago a horse i was on bolted,needless to say i fell off, no helmet and was knocked out,had stiches in my head,broken jaw, endless cuts and bruises, and had to learn to walk again,but i was lucky, i have never been back on a horse without a helmet,and sometimes i even where mine around the stables,,
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The poor girl! I hope she is able to come to terms with this, and that she realises that her mother probably wouldn't have wanted her to stop riding. But if she does decide not to do it anymore, it is perfectly understandable given this tragedy. I hope she recovers from this. It is a terrible thing to happen to her.

As for wearing a helmet, I usually wear one. (I need to wear it more often, though. As in every time I ride.) I always wear it in lessons or when I'm jumping. And recently I've been wearing it on every trail I go on, but I haven't always worn it in the past. It's so much better to slap it on and deal with it instead of risking my life to feel the wind in my hair. It sounds romantic and fun, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. And my boyfriend has a heart attack every time I'm at the farm, anyway. He gets nervous when I'm picking our boy's hooves, let alone when I'm actually on him. So yeah. Helmets are paramount for me.

Anyways, my sympathy goes out to this girl, and I hope that she takes comfort in her horses rather than in negative ways of coping. She suffered a devastating loss and we all understand how difficult this is for her. May her mother rest in peace.
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post #10 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 12:07 PM
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I saw this on Horsetalk.com as well.
I am so sorry!

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