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post #11 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 12:42 PM
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I'm going to bounce off of the helmet topic, and ask: why don't people learn how to fall?
Yes, helmets do lessen the risk of head injury. We get that. But it's not like riders only die from head injuries. Plenty of people break backs and bones from falling off and almost all of those injuries could have been lessened or prevented had the rider ever learned to fall properly.
Martial arts and gymnastics focus on teaching the student how to fall without breaking limbs. Why don't horseback riders learn the same? I can't tell you how many times I've saved myself from injury because I've been able to apply that knowledge. It's so ingrained that I instinctively know how I have to react in order to reduce injury every time I fall.
Personally, I rarely use a helmet. It's so much easier to maneuver while falling without it, and I don't get injured by trying to roll with a helmet on.
If people are really so concerned about their safety that they refuse to get on without strapping a helmet on, shouldn't they want to be proactive and learn how to fall properly as well? The helmet might protect against knocks, but it's not going to do anything about the broken arm you got from stretching out to slow your fall, or the broken back you got because you didn't tuck before hitting the ground.
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post #12 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 12:50 PM
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they are not mutually exclusive. you can learn how to fall and still wear a helmet.
There are just so many times that you have no time to really react and get ready and fall 'correctly'. and there are many times a horse will accidently kick you in the head during a tumbling fall.

I have fallen many times. out of those , only a few times has my head hit the ground hard, but man was I glad I had on a helmet!
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post #13 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 12:50 PM
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You bring up an excellent point but even knowing how to fall won't guarantee that you will be able to manage the controlled, or as controlled as it can be, fall. I had that training and for the most part have been able to apply it. The couple of times I smacked the back of my head it was more of a got bounced out of the saddle unbalanced jump landing exacerbated by an all four legs off the ground bucking fit that just tossed me. I rolled into the fall but still smacked the back of my head. My Troxel gave its life for that particular incident.
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post #14 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 12:52 PM
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For my part, I haven't applied learning how to fall as all the times I've been concerned about falling, I have decided to (and suceeded in) staying on and getting my horse under control. The pair of times I have come off, I was on the ground before I even began to suspect there was a situation I might need to react to.

I have been trained to fall properly, just never actually done it.
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post #15 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 12:55 PM
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I know where this happened I used to ride there alot

I wear a helmet no matter if others laugh
its for safety

My prayers go out to the family and friends of this mom

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post #16 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 01:21 PM
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Okay, away from the helmet and the learning to fall. I've seen and been in enough accidents that were caused by dog to know - untrained dogs and horses don't mix. A good trained dog is great to have as company but the bad accidents that occur from an untrained dog are just that -bad. I think the lesson to learn is not the helmet debate or how to fall but to constantly be aware of your surrounding bikes dogs other animals can all come out of nowhere. You need to be on the look out so you can be prepared to handle the situation.
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post #17 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 05:10 PM
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Wow, scary to read this. Just yesterday I was driving home from my barn and saw a young woman riding on the road with her horse sans helmet. I slowed down expecting the worst as I watched the horse's head and ears ***** up as it saw something further down the road. Luckily she only froze momentarily and then moved on, but I did hold my breath for a few seconds. I'm an eventer and I still find trail riding to be a more dangerous activity. You just never know what is around the next corner. My heart goes out to that poor girl losing her mother on what should have been a fun ride.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #18 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 05:16 PM
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When I was riding my friends horses a little dog came out of no where and started to bite the horses ankles spooked and I bucked off
lucky I rolled but was not hurt neither was the horse

my dad a gave the owner of the dog a good talking too

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post #19 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 06:35 PM
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I feel like a big meanie saying this, but there was a particular neighborhood dog that always got out of it's fence and would chase cars and come out and bark at my horses when I rode by. I even attribute my colt's fear and hatred of dogs to that particular dog. He would run out and bark right at my foal's heels when I ponied him out. So my foal took to kicking at him (never connected). My colt is 3 now and still is nervous of dogs. That dog was my #1 fear in riding in our neighborhood.

Then, much to my relief, a neighbor finally ran him over when he was chasing his car one day and they dog was put to sleep. I feel like a bad person, because I am an animal lover, but what a relief that was! It's so good not to have a loose, charging, barking dog every time I ride by that house. There is enough risk with well behaved dogs, cars, kids, etc. popping out behind bushes and such. So maybe my trepidation wasn't so unfounded after all.


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post #20 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 06:45 PM
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PS. I don't know why wearing a helmet is such a controversial subject. If you want to wear one, wear it, if not, that is your choice. Maybe the non-wearers are comfortable with those risks. I used to be. But now I am not. I always wear a helmet. Sometimes your mind changes with age and experience. But sometimes it doesn't. I have friends much older than me who do not wear helmets and probably never will. I choose to wear one because I think the positives outweigh the negatives. The only negative I can really think of is that it is hot, but I will be wearing a hat anyway, which is also hot. So to me I might as well be wearing a "hat" that protects my head.

I think back when I was younger I didn't think accidents would really happen to me. I didn't know anyone who had a head injury as a result of riding. But now I have had both accidents and know people with head injuries. So those things can change your mind.
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