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A Positive Thread! Who here is now committed to wearing a helmet?

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  • A Positive Thread! Who here is now committed to wearing a helmet?

    I started this thread because of Courtney's injury/accident. Her accident may save my life someday. I went out and purchased a Charles Owen helmet last weekend and I am commited to wear it for myself, my family and friends, and for Courtney. This thread is only for those who were moved to do the same as I. Please, no anti/pro helmet discussion. I just would like to know who else out there was so moved by Courtney's accident that they too will commit to wearing a helmet every time they sit on a horse. This is a positive thread. When Courtney wakes up I hope she will see how many people were affected by her injury and chose to wear a helmet from now on. For those who weren't, this is not about you or your decision, so please do not take offense.

  • #2
    I always have been, and always will be. In fact, at my old trainer's place, I was one of the few who did, and when I showed up for a lesson without one, my trainer asked me where it was, even though she never wore one! (It was winter, I had a hat on, and for some reason my brain registers anything on my head as a helmet, unless I consciously take the step to put a helmet on. The best time for me is right before bridling.)

    So is there anyone out there who is NEWLY committed to wearing a helmet?
    You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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    • #3
      OK, I am a professional who has no problem riding with a helmet when I think there is any risk/young horse etc. But until this weekend I have never said "every ride". Now I do. I rode at the Derby this weekend, and rode in a helmet when I was schooling. Although I admit I did warm up for the actual show ring in a top hat. Don't know if I can change that.


      • #4
        Originally posted by Maude View Post
        Please, no anti/pro helmet discussion.
        Good luck with that - hope it works out fur ya.

        Last edited by admin; Mar. 10, 2010, 01:57 PM. Reason: to remove name-calling
        "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork


        • #5
          Originally posted by Creaghgal View Post
          Good luck with that - hope it works out fur ya.

          What is the matter with you?

          Maude is not a troll.
          She posted a day or two ago about her decision in the helmet thread, and now has made a post about it for other people to share their experiences.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by meupatdoes View Post
            What is the matter with you?

            I call 'em like I see 'em, is all... I know nothing of your Maude...

            I'm sorry, but the fact that a near death experience is what it takes for some knuckleheads to 'come around' to slapping a helmet on their precious heads/hairstyle is quite beyond me.
            Last edited by Creaghgal; Mar. 8, 2010, 10:04 PM.
            "Dressage" is just a fancy word for flatwork


            • #7
              I know two trainers who have said they will now always wear their helmets. Its too early to tell if this will be a lasting decision, but it is certainly sending more than a few people in the direction of erring on the side of safety.
              We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


              • #8
                ShannonLee, how is "warming up for the actual show ring" following "every ride"?

                Every ride, to me, means wearing an approved helmet every time you ride any horse, any place. Including in the ring.

                It's your own decision what to do, but you are not being logical in what you wrote and I am confused.

                My teacher decided, starting Thursday, to wear an approved helmet every time she rides. I already do that and have for years.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by ShannonLee View Post
                  OK, Although I admit I did warm up for the actual show ring in a top hat. Don't know if I can change that.
                  Um, yes, you can.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Creaghgal View Post
                    I call 'em like I see 'em, is all... I know nothing of your Maude...

                    I'm sorry, but the fact that a near death experience is what it takes for some knuckleheads to 'come around' to slapping a helmet on their precious heads/hairstyle is quite beyond me.
                    Here's one knucklehead who will wear a helmet from now on


                    • #11
                      Just bein' honest - perhaps not completely logical.....Doing better than before!


                      • Original Poster

                        Well I guess that makes me a knucklehead too. I always wore a helmet when I sat on something young or silly, but never wore a helmet on my PSG horse, even hacking in Gettysburg. A freak accident like Courtney's was my wake up call. No trolling. I'm as honest and genuine as they get and always wear my heart on my sleeve so I'm told by friends and family. I think there are plenty of others who got "the wake up call" too. That's what this thread is about. Period.


                        • #13
                          I used to not wear a helmet (that whole young and invincible thing) but I have been for awhile. However, as soon I was done and just cooling out I would always unbuckle it and I won't be doing that anymore Hearing some of the statistics about how many injuries happen at the walk because you're not paying attention as much makes me want to keep that thing buckled.
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                          • #14
                            It took my own near death experience(s) that got me into every ride helmet habit. Yep it took more than one incident of wondering why I was so lucky to walk away. It also helps that at my current barn there is a big helmet friendly culture.
                            You know, everybody thinks we found
                            this broken-down horse and fixed him,
                            but we didn't. He fixed us. Every one of us.


                            • #15
                              I have always wore a helmet. BUT, my husband refused. It's just not "manly" enough. I know the other guys on trail rides give him weird looks with one, and he feels self concious. He only trail rides. We argue about it all the time. I have been updating him daily on Courtney, commenting about how her family must feel and what would he do if something like that happened to me... You know what he actually asked?! "Hey, pass me that Dover catolog, there's gotta be a non-fugly, man type helmet in there..."

                              Now THAT is a huge accomplishment! Courtney did something that i couldnt do for 10yrs! And he's seen me come off on my head, get kicked in the head, plowed over, a horse rear and fall on me... Yet an olymian gets put in a coma and he decides he'll wear one... MEN!

                              I'm not complaining though, i said not one word, silently handed him the catolog and tried not to gloat.
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                              • Original Poster

                                butlerfamilyzoo, That is my point also. Courtney's injury has touched me in a way that no one else's has. I'm not sure why. Maybe because she has always had my utmost respect and admiration.


                                • #17
                                  I have always worn a helmet, no exceptions. But my BO insisted on flatting her horse without a helmet, only wore one when jumping. Even though the horse can get quite balled up and start to half rear when he gets upset during the dressage phase. After I told her about Courtney's accident, she has finally consented to put that helmet on ALL THE TIME. Perhaps it helps that I told if she didn't this time, I would chase her around the arena with a stick... ;-P But I am very excited about her finally relenting, she is a generous person and a good rider, I would hate to lose her to a stupid preventable accident.
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                                  • #18
                                    I always have, always will. It gets to be like your seatbelt. You start to feel weird without it.

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                                    • #19
                                      Not a new decision for me since mine saved my life once already, but I will always wear a helmet. I also try to make sure my helmet is under 2 or 3 years old and if I fall and it hits the ground it gets replaced. This was a tragic accident but hopefully more people will be willing to be safe now.

                                      (though I do admit I have occasionally slipped up and sat on my old guy without one I try very hard to always have one handy so that doesn't happen...)
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                                      • #20
                                        Kudos to the converts

                                        It's nice to see something positive come out of her accident. Big kudos to those of you who are now shopping for your lid! Once you find one that works for you and you get into the groove of always having it on, you'll never think twice about it again.

                                        As a jumper rider, I always wear my helmet, but was always shocked to see some of the upper level dressage riders at my barn go without one, they are on some fantastically powerful horses that sometimes blow up. And when they do blow....wow-wee!

                                        Hopefully we'll see more helmet converts and that Courtney recovers to see that her accident (while incredibly unfortunate) has had some positive impact on rider safety!