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I know its not the smartest thing to do but is there a law against a minor riding without a helmet? I'm 16 and have my own horse and ride on my own property but my friend swears that its illegal. I left my helmet one day and didn't feel like driving 45 minutes back to my grandparents house to get my helmet. I rode without my helmet and she freaked out on me because of it.
 

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I can't remember if it's up to 16 or 18 that you are REQUIRED by law to wear a helmet. But there is a legal limit, at least in VA.
 

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I tried looking it up but there was nothing that said there is a law if its on my own property and my own horse. It was mainly stating if I rode at a stable or rode someone elses horse.
 

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I'm 14 and I never wear a helmet unless I have to aka at a comp or some other event where it is a rule.

I ride around the streets and through town etc and the cops have pulled over to talk to me about it before and threaten me with fines etc but I just say whatever and keep doing my thing so they don't bother anymore.

So I'm guessing it's not necesserily legal but if it isn't no punishment is being enforced on me.
 

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Every area is different, but I don't believe that any helmet laws reach onto your personal property. The best source of local information is your county clerk's office. As far as riding on the roads, your state department of transportation is the place to call.
 

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I know out here in Idaho there is no law about it, in shows its required for English riders but not in western(if over 18). I almost never wear one, I will sometimes if I'm going on a trail ride and my horse is having a bad day, but other wise I don't.
 

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In the UK it is required to wear a helment up until the age of 16. If you are having lesson you are required to wear one at all times no matter how old you are. I dont know if it is the same in the US
 

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In Ireland you HAVE to wear it until your 16 and if your doing cross country you HAVE to wear your body protector too.
I think its stupid when people don't wear there hat. It shows how much people value their life if they don't wear it.
 

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When I was younger I thought I was indestructible, too.

A couple of bad falls and a few nasty concussions later, I figured out that wearing a helmet is a smart thing to do.

I'm a helmet Nazi when it comes to myself. Every ride, every time. No excuses!

Boarding stables and other riding venues are required by their insurance carriers to require helmets on all riders under the age of 16. My trainer goes further, and says on her property it's 18 and under.

If you don't want to wear a helmet, that's your business. I think it's foolish and asking for trouble, but I'm not going to hound people about it. Unless you're under the age of majority, and then I'm going to ask your parents why they don't love you enough to make sure your brain is protected.
 

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im not sure about laws... but at the barn i board at its rule if your under 18. i always wear my helmet, i ride dressage and even in dressage ive seen some bad wrecks.
 

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Silly question: why not just wear it? Maybe the mother in me is rearing it's ugly head, but it only takes one bad fall to ruin your life.
 

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If you are having lesson you are required to wear one at all times no matter how old you are. I dont know if it is the same in the US
My instructor doesn't care if you're 92, no helmet = no lesson.

I bought myself and both of my girls backpacks from the sporting goods store that were intended for softball gear. They have a section for a helmet and tons of other storage areas which are great for snacks, hoof picks, spare lead rope, gloves, sweatshirt and so forth. They have clips on them for hanging, so we can hang them on the fence for easy access.

Makes traveling between lessons, the barn and so forth very easy. Just grab the backpack and you're out the door and have everything you need.
 

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I usually do wear a helmet but I left it one time and rode without it
 

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Silly question: why not just wear it? Maybe the mother in me is rearing it's ugly head, but it only takes one bad fall to ruin your life.
I do wear a helmet just left it like I stated and my grandparents house was 45 minutes away and I already tacked up my horse and everything when I realized. I have a horse bag with everything I need but I had a lesson the day before and left it in my room.
 

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I never wear a helmet. It's not that I rhink I'm invincible. I'm prepared for the worst. But, I think that it is MY choice and if I fall then I will face MY consequences. We don't have any horse riding helmet laws here in new hampshire.
 

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^^ but what about your family & friends ?
 
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You're from Ohio?

Then no, it is NOT against the law. You do have to in shows though if you are under 18 (At least in most shows..) but not pleasure riding.

And if it is? Almost every barn I have gone to (From pretty professional to just small boarding barns) is breaking the law! lol.
 

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You're from Ohio?

Then no, it is NOT against the law. You do have to in shows though if you are under 18 (At least in most shows..) but not pleasure riding.

And if it is? Almost every barn I have gone to (From pretty professional to just small boarding barns) is breaking the law! lol.
Yes I live in Ohio.
All the lesson barns I've been to requires it if you're under 18 but when I was boarding they didn't require it. I think that its only if you ride someone elses horse then they make you and you have to sign a waiver so they won't get sued if you fall. On your own private property I didn't think it was required. I just want to make sure I am not a criminal (haha jokes) and if I go out riding on a trail or else where I won't get fined.
 

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Well you probably know this but if you're trail riding there could be rules about helmets. :)

And yeah, I do the whole waiver thing even at my house. Haha. We once almost got sued because a girl was boarding her horse at my house, and she fell of. >.<
 

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A quick search of the internet yielded only 2 US states with equestrian helmet laws, New York and Florida.
 
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