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does anyone have any pics of head injuries from riding accidents I would like to show it to someone who has no respect for people who wear helmets
 

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Well honestly the only head injury I got while riding was actually when I was wearing a helmet. Not BECAUSE of the helmet, but it obviously didn't really do anything.

I wear a helmet, and I think its a good idea because its better safe than sorry, but I wouldn't go out of my way to convince someone else it was a good idea if I had no legal ties to them. Its their choice. If they want to run a bigger risk of splitting their heads, they can be my guests. I likely won't change their mind anyways.
 

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If they don't have any respect for people who wear helmets, what makes you think showing them pics of head injuries is going to change their mind?

The pictures and videos of horrific traffic accidents shown to teens and even adults haven't stopped them from not wearing seatbelts, or talking/texting on their cellphones while driving.

People will only take precautions if they feel they need to. If they don't feel a need there's nothing you can say, do, or show them to convince them otherwise. Unless you're their mother or employer, you really have no say in what another adult does.
 

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I have a 6 inch scar from the side of my right eye, over the top of my ear and around the side of my head but no photos of what it looked like when it happened
I have to say though that these things are just like everything else - you dont take notice until it actually happens to you and even then you carry on with other high risk things that could have equally bad consequences
Wearing a helmet is down to the individual and its your right to wear one. If people ridicule you for that then just explain how it works but remember its also their right to not wear one so you have to allow them that.
 

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If someone shows no respect for someone who wears a helmet, I highly doubt they are a very respectful person in general about anything. Period. Just one of those people.

Whoever this person is, I wouldn't hang out with them or be around them.

It doesn't happen very often, but I do get a "comment" every so often about my choice of wearing a helmet. For the most part, I just ignore them. But, if I did have someone in my group who rags on people about wearing helmets, you can bet I am not going to be very nice to that person and will find something to point fingers at THEM for.

Of course, actions always speak louder than words. Love it when I go into that arena and blow the competition away in barrel racing, or gaming ...... while being the only one sporting a helmet. That shuts people up in a hurry.

I do agree that showing this rude person pictures or telling them stories will probably NOT change their opinion of helmets, if they are already so ignorant of personal respect. So don't waste your time on them.

As far as my personal story with helmets, I don't have any pictures to show. My grandma bought all of the grandkids helmets when I was about 6 or 7 years old. I am going to be 27 in a few months. I have always ridden with my helmet. Sure, when I was younger, I whined about it and hated it. But now, I wouldn't imagine getting on a horse without one.

I think it was 3 or 4 summers ago, I was riding a 3-yr-old mare that I was training. She was one my favorites I ever trained. Just the sweetest thing and so pleasant to ride and be around. One evening we were loping easy circles, and I vaguely remember she was stiff to the left. She I was bumping her with my reins and legs to bend him a bit more. The next thing I remember, I am walking home on the gravel road, holding my arm that hurt.

It was just about getting dark outside by the time I walked the 1/2 mile home cross-country. I find my mare eating grass in the ditch next to the other horses, with the reins broke off. My mom comes and asks me, "What happened?" I said I didn't know. She took my horse from me and I went and sat in the house. It took me a good 30 minutes to come back 100% to the world, as I was pretty out of it.

The best we can piece together, she tripped over her own feet and rolled completely over me. Made sense since there was dirt on my saddle horn and cantle, and my right arm hurt, and my left leg hurt. I felt fine the rest of the night, and went to bed (after consulting with my uncle, who is a doctor) and my mom woke me up every 2 hours to make sure I could answer a simple question.

Well the next morning wasn't so great. I couldn't stand for more than 30 seconds without being dizzy and nauseated. We went to the ER and I had a CT scan done. There was no physical brain damage, but I had a nasty Grade 3 Concussion. (To which the stupid doctor lectured me for 30 minutes that if I was a football player, he'd tell me not to play football for 6 weeks, therefore I shouldn't ride my horse for 6 weeks. No connection whatsoever.)

I had my helmet on during the incident.

I can't imagine the damage that would have happened if I wasn't wearing it. Over a freak accident of my horse tripping.

That's certainly enough to make me strap on a helmet all the time.
 

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Beau - That is pretty much what happened to me - I have no memory of it at all but friends with me told me that my horse appeared to trip over something in the long scrubby grass we were riding through and pitched forward throwing me over his shoulder, he jumped over me and caught me on the head - I wasnt wearing a helmet as I thought (a) I was invincible and (b) didnt look so good (well I was younger!!) I was very lucky - it could have been much worse.
 

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I'm not normally into scare tactics, but I think the most powerful way you can show someone, that is resistant to wearing a helmet, is Courtney King-Dye's youtube video. Courtney was a member of the 2008 US Olympic Dressage team, and then suffered a traumatic brain injury. But I will let her tell her own story.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awJDYBhBPzk
 

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Hubby sustained a head injury on a motorcycle going about 15 mph when someone ran in front of him. He missed them but was confronted with oncoming traffic and lost control of his Harley and went down. No helmet. Going slower than some people on horses. He still doesn't remember the accident that was 6 years ago this month. Two brain bleeds, serious road rash on his face, fractured skull, broken collar bone, huge gash in his head, tore a hole an artery that leaked slowly and LOUDLY in his head for 2 years. Titanium plate in his shoulder a week after the accident, brain surgery 2 years later. Still rides his Harley with no helmet, rides his horse etc.

Make no mistake though - this accident took so much from him and changed him in many ways. I started riding with a helmet a year ago and don't ride without one now. My barn buddies ride with helmets but none of our other riding friends do. Don't care. I was the one standing next to hubby that night dabbing the brain fluid leaking out of his ear while he kept asking me "What happened? Where am I? Where is my Harley?" for about 6 hours.

He was lucky he wasn't killed but geez...head injuries change so much in your life it is not worth the risk. I am a careful chick. Yeah...I get some ribbing on my nerd helmet but do I care? No...not in the least. One head injury in this family is way more than enough. I do have pictures of hubby but he would KILL me if I posted them in a public forum. Let's just say they aren't too pretty. Could have been worse. If he had had a helmet on he would have walked away with maybe a broken collarbone.
 

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when my brother was 18 he climbed on the back of a VW bug , at a wedding, that was pulling out and away without the driver realizing he was there. by the time he jumped off, he was going so fast that he fell and fractured his skull on the concrete. The first few days, it was touch and go. Becuase it was a brain injury , they did not want to supress his brain with any sort of pain medication, so he was awake and in excruciating pain for days. He begged us to let him die. I will never forget my mom's face .
 

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Personally, while I understand the cultural barriers particularly in Western and Dressage circles, I think it is madness not to wear a helmet - and all riding places around here require a properly fitted helmet to be worn at all times because it's a requirement of their public liability insurance.

I always wear a helmet (and would, whether it was required or not) and I've landed on my head quite lot, thanks to Brock's bronco impersonations. Pretty much every time I've been able to get up immediately and get back on. However there was one time (our second ride out together) when I came off the front and my helmet, which was about half a size too big, flew off my head and I landed head-first without it, thankfully on a soft sand/gravel mix. I was completely blacked out for about 30-40 seconds, then when I came to I couldn't open my eyes or move for another few minutes. I ended up suffering symptoms of concussion for the rest of the day, like sudden black spots in my vision and being disoriented and confused.

One of the last times I rode, I was demo-ing Brock for a prospective lessee. He had been well-behaved under saddle for months and I wasn't really geared up when I went to mount him. In fact I was so casual and switched off I forgot to put my helmet on. We got halfway down the "arena" before a drop of rain fell on my head and I realised I was helmetless. I quickly put it on and continued. About 20 seconds later Brock baulked at a pole we were passing, which he'd gone past or over a hundred times, and started a bucking frenzy. I came over the left shoulder and landed on my head pretty hard. All I could think about was, "Thank goodness that drop of rain landed on my head!!"
 

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We'll I'll be darned....another helmet thread.
 
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:wink:I shall pour a glass of Merlot....

People need to focus on themselves not others. You do not want to be judged yet you are judging others. You are placing non helmet users below yourself. People do not want other people telling them what they can/should be doing. Who the heck are you for taking that position? Focus on yourself, don't judge, the man upstairs will handle that. Seriously, who gives a rats a## what others are doing as long as it is not affecting anyone else?
 

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my horse tripped going up a ditch, sumersaulting and throwing me across a gravel rode onto my head. Split my helmet, major whiplash.

My broke saddle horse spooked violently while we were walking around the yard bareback. I landed on my tailbone, then violently smashed backwards. whiplash, severe concussion and a smashed helmet. I dont want to know what my head would look like without the helmet.
 

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I might have missed some posts but from what I can see people are just giving their own experiences and opinions
Yep, I'd never presume to nag an adult dead against helmet wearing to wear one, but I'd kindly advise anyone who was feeling the pressure not to wear one but who felt they should only were perhaps keen to fit in. Not to be harsh and not aimed at anyone personally, but IMO if someone is so dead against wearing helmets then natural selection will take care of their lack of self-preservation.

If someone was riding my horse, however, I would insist on them wearing a helmet - I'm not going to feel guilty because they get a brain injury. I'm also dead against anyone's kids not wearing helmets - until you're old enough (i.e. 18 years) then you should be wearing one. For parents not to insist on a helmet is IMO neglectful. Once you're an adult - do as you like, so long as it's not on my horse. But if you ask me for advice I say - helmet every time.
 
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