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post #21 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
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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.
that's the thing, so many people think it won't happen to them but you are at just as much risk as me or the next person nobody is 100% safe.

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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.
from what I hear, out of the papers I don't think she had time to fall properly, might never have even noticed she was falling just on a horse one second and on the ground the next.

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post #23 of 25 Old 07-06-2013, 11:12 PM
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I wish I could share this with every rider I come across who does not wear a helmet. Accidents happen, and no matter how good you are as a rider these horses are stronger than you are, and you just never know what they might spook at.
I had a severe head injury as a young rider while handling a horse on the ground. I to this day have no idea what happened, but I live with a daily reminder of that day when I try to use my short term memory and I have troubles remembering recent events. Something that could have possibly prevented had I warn a helmet handling horses from the ground.

You just never know.
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post #24 of 25 Old 07-07-2013, 12:11 AM
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I'm old, I grew up riding without a helmet. I've had accidents that should have killed me but didn't. If it's my time to go from a riding accident, no helmet is going to stop it.

/shrug

But I do a lot of things people say will kill me, like drinking raw milk straight from the goat or cow and leaving eggs out in a basket if the bloom hasn't been washed off...how funny it that??

I'll die when it's my time to die.

But that's not saying I think it's stupid that anyone else wears one if they wish too. It could very well be the thing that saves THEIR life one day.

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helmet debate aside, the local equestrian community is reeling at this loss, being a tight knit group, nobody is sure what to say other then "I'm sorry" and offer their condolences.

Equestrianism; 10% luck, 20% skill, 15% concentrated power of will, 5% pleasure, 50% pain and 100% reason to remember you're absolutely insane to be riding a beast that big.
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