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  • Helm-evangalist Comment

    I'm posting this on the eventing board because I'm hoping I will find the fewest people who will try to rip me a new one .

    But, I love to click open photos of people and their horses in the CoTH forum. I LIKE to see ordinary people riding, particularly people who are so happy sharing their best moments.

    But when I click one open and someone is NOT WEARING A HELMET, ARRGGHHH!!! Totally freaks me out - my knees get weak and my stomach coils in knots, seriously.

    And then, I close the link and BACK AWAY FROM THE THREAD. Whew. I have had some close calls where I just desparately wanted to say "AND WHERE IS YOUR APPROVED HELMET, GIRLFRIEND???" But I don't.

    So here is that thread. Dedicated to all who ride with the wind in their hair: GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS!

    Edited to add this thread. An actual good reason why you should not wear your helmet
    http://chronicleforums.com/groupee/f...31/m/809200166 - poisoned by the very thing that is supposed to save you!
    Chronicles of the $700 Pony
    The Further Adventures of the $700 Pony
    www.blithetraveler.com <-- My Blog
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    I'm posting this on the eventing board because I'm hoping I will find the fewest people who will try to rip me a new one .

    But, I love to click open photos of people and their horses in the CoTH forum. I LIKE to see ordinary people riding, particularly people who are so happy sharing their best moments.

    But when I click one open and someone is NOT WEARING A HELMET, ARRGGHHH!!! Totally freaks me out - my knees get weak and my stomach coils in knots, seriously.

    And then, I close the link and BACK AWAY FROM THE THREAD. Whew. I have had some close calls where I just desparately wanted to say "AND WHERE IS YOUR APPROVED HELMET, GIRLFRIEND???" But I don't.

    So here is that thread. Dedicated to all who ride with the wind in their hair: GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS!

    Edited to add this thread. An actual good reason why you should not wear your helmet
    http://chronicleforums.com/groupee/f...31/m/809200166 - poisoned by the very thing that is supposed to save you!
    Chronicles of the $700 Pony
    The Further Adventures of the $700 Pony
    www.blithetraveler.com <-- My Blog

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    • #3
      Huzzah RR, glad you said something. As a proud survivor of equestrian related traumatic head injury (and 2 mo in the hospital...yuck), I freak out when people aren't wearing an approved helmet. i LIKE my head whole...and like other people's that way too!

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      • #4
        When I was horse shopping, I looked at many photos of horses, via email and on sale ads. Occasionally I would see a rider jumping without a helmet. After a moment of cringing, I typically passed on the horse, because I kind of felt that if they didn't care enough to take care of themselves, maybe that carried over into the care and training of the horse. Not quite the explanation I was trying to get across, but you know what I mean. Seemed to be a reflection of lackadasical horsemanship. Not saying it IS in every case, but to a die-hard helmet wearer, that is my personal perception.

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        • #5
          I was getting on a horse when I realized that I had forgotten my helmet. I ALMOST got on anyway (longtime western background)...
          by the grace of God, I went back to the tack room and got my helmet.

          Not only did that horse buck me off but I was kicked square in the head with a lot of force...the helmet saved my life.

          I now show that dented helmet to every child and adult rider I can. It was a cheaper light helmet that I wore for schooling. I replaced it with a Charles Owens... taking no chances in the future!

          Cathy

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          • #6
            RR -- Totally agree

            I still can not believe that people will ride without an approved ASTM helmet?

            I better stop before I say something I might regret

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            • #7
              It really only bothers me to see children riding without a helmet. As much as I think it is dangerous and a bad example for adults to ride without an approved helmet, hey, if they want to risk death or living in a permanent vegetative state, who am I to stop them?

              This from someone who lives in a state where it is still legal to ride a motorcycle without a helmet.

              New Hampshire: live free and die.

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              • #8
                RR-as a past exercise rider I cannot imagine the wind in my hair, it would scare the heck out of me.

                One thought that always crosses my mind when I see those photos is "how irresponsible". In my case, if I were to get hurt it would place a burden directly on the people I love. Imagine having to rely on them to do the things I could not--take care of horses, farm, job, CANTER, etc. Not to mention the emotional trauma. Just so not worth it.

                Nancy
                www.canterusa.org/ohio

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                • #9
                  flypony -

                  I always thought the opposite. I would never be caught dead (no pun intended!) jumping without a helmet...but then again I have never had a completely trustworthy jumper.

                  When I was horse-shopping, I always thought -- Gee, if that person is jumping this horse without a helmet, that horse must be pretty honest!

                  Now in my wiser, care-about-my-noggin-more years, the helmet goes on before horsie even goes to cross ties!!
                  "Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future!" - Niels Bohr

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                  • #10
                    I ride without a helmet. I ski without a helmet. I also have a small red converible that my firefighter friends call "the red coffin." I eat butter, cheese, and red meat. I keep a loaded handgun next to me. And I've had "unprotected" sex in the distant past.

                    I am probably going to slip in the shower and die.

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                    • Original Poster

                      #11
                      oldbutnotdead, yet, bet you are a hoot at parties !

                      A bit off topic, but issue raised by aforementioned poster, I was seriously considering buying a Miata, oh, about one marriage and two children ago. I was heading out to go car shopping and slammed into a deer. It bounced off the hood, slid up the windshield and over the roof!

                      I got a Ford Escape instead .
                      Chronicles of the $700 Pony
                      The Further Adventures of the $700 Pony
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                      • #12
                        Riding without a helmet stricks me as being very arrogant. "Stupid" is generally what I think, especially when it comes to jumping w/o gear.

                        But I sincerely feel that it is a person's choice and respect that choice. I hope they fully realize the consequences of such a choice.

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                        • #13
                          When I was about 16 I was in a jumping lesson without a helmet . That summer I was riding a junior jumper and we were schooling around 3'9". My regular trainer walked down the the ring, ripped me a new one for the lack of helmet and had me put one one.

                          15 minutes later, I got a bit ahead of my horse and he tripped coming off a fence and went down. I was soooo glad I was wearing that helmet! It was a good lesson that has stayed with me. I've never gotten on a horse without a helmet since.
                          Equine Ink - My soapbox for equestrian writings & reviews.
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                          • #14
                            As a teen, I sometimes rode in a helmet, then at some point I smartened up and always rode in one (not sure what happened to make me do so), but wouldn't use one that had a harness...I hate the harness. However, several years ago, we watched the movie "Everytime, Every Ride" at a pony club meeting. I immediately went to the tack store and bought a helmet with a harness and threw away my non-approved helmet.
                            Two years ago, my daughter was riding one of her trainer's horses. I was in the barn talking, thinking she was in her lesson. Her trainer thought she was still in the barn, taking forever to tack up. Ten minutes later I walked out of the barn to watch the lesson only to encounter my daughter walking the horse towards me. When she approached me, she wanted to know where she was and what had happened to her. It turns out, that while mounting this normally quiet event horse, he took off before she was in the saddle. She was thrown to the ground and was knocked unconscious for 10 minutes... and nobody knew it! Luckily she suffered only a mild concussion with short term memory loss (just for a day or 2). If she had not been wearing a helmet, who knows what could have happened.

                            Lori T
                            http://www.calypsofarm.piczo.com
                            Lori T
                            www.calypsofarmeventers.blogspot.com
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                            • #15
                              <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I cannot imagine the wind in my hair, it would scare the heck out of me </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                              I feel the same way, and didn't know I did until the other day. A friend and I were going to ride, and I mentioned I didn't have my helmet with me, what was I going to do? She suggested I not worry about it, and just ride without. My stomach, seriously, did a flip. I don't think I have ridden without a helmet in over 15 years, I just can't do it.
                              If you must choose between two evils, choose the one that you've never tried before.

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                              • #16
                                Or what I love is people who wear helmets but leave the chin strap dangling! What the fruitbat is that!?! I mean, come on, what is the point of the helmet then.

                                Can't say that I haven't ridden without my helmet but after having a horse rear up and flip on me and now with my greenie I appreciate keeping my head intact. Shoot, it is all I can do to keep my wits about me on a good day!

                                Not sure if I am in the helmet nazi boat since to me, to each their own for an adult, but do roll my eyes at the fashion comments. Can't say someone is making the best fashion statement with wind blown hair. Can only think of a few supermodels that come out looking better that way! For me, well, let's just say I look like a cross between seeing a VERY scary movie and a rat's nest.
                                Grab mane and kick on!

                                http://www.ashleykriegeleventing.com/

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                                • #17
                                  I am with you 100%. i yell at my friends who don't wear one.

                                  3 years ago i had a horse spook on me on the trails and run me into a tree. With the helmet on i had a bad concussion. 5 days in the hospital (emergency rooms are not fun) and a month later i was all good.

                                  Then last week i had a horse i had in for training (he left on sunday) that fell out of under me. I hit the ground hard. I think i had a mild concussion after that as well. Very glad i am of my helmet. I wear it always. (granted i do have a pic of me on my pony without one...on my website....but that was a while ago and isn't getting repeated. lol.)

                                  Jen
                                  http://www.rivendellhorsefarm.com

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                                  • #18
                                    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by oldbutnotdead:
                                    I ride without a helmet. I ski without a helmet. I also have a small red converible that my firefighter friends call "the red coffin." I eat butter, cheese, and red meat. I keep a loaded handgun next to me. And I've had "unprotected" sex in the distant past.

                                    I am probably going to slip in the shower and die. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                    Amen oldbutnotdead.

                                    My first car was a Mazda Miata. I started driving it when I was fifteen. Alone. I loved that little car! My dad just bought another one just like it because he loved mine so much.
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                                    In my world there are people in chains and we can ride them like ponies. - Willow from Buffy

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                                    • #19
                                      What a coincidence that this thread has begun 4 days after I took delivery of a Miata. As I was driving out to volunteer at a schooling show last weekend (wind in my hair), I actually asked myself, should I be wearing a helmet? After all, I never ride without a helmet, and I never ride faster than 20 mph or so (between XC fences). So why should I be squatting 18" off the road surface going 70+ mph without a helmet? And should I wear my Tipperary vest?

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                                      • #20
                                        rebeginner- I would love to see THAT in the car next to me at a light!
                                        Grab mane and kick on!

                                        http://www.ashleykriegeleventing.com/

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