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Why we wear helmets - chapter 21456....

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  • #41
    My standard reply on why I wear a helmet: I have student loans- I haven't paid this thing off yet!

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    • #42
      Originally posted by Russinka View Post
      Feels wrong to get on a horse without one.
      Agree, but I have to be careful to put the helmet on before I go outside, because if I have a hat on, and I almost always wear a hat, I'll forget to put my helmet on.

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      • #43
        If you don't think your brain is with protecting your probably right. I just don't want to pay your ER etc. bills Wear a f'in helmet already. It can't hurt and it could save your life.

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        • #44
          The answer I got from a helmetless western rider was: "My horse won't respect me if I wear a helmet."

          There is no response to that.
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          • #45
            I admit - I used to be BAD about not wearing my helmet. Being an adult, it wasn't enforced at my boarding barn. I started wearing one after my mare decided she might like to try the tiniest of rears. After that, I decided I wasn't going to risk it. When I moved barns, it is the strictest rule... if you're on a horse, you're wearing a helmet. No ifs, ands, or buts. It's easier to get into a habit of grabbing my helmet when everyone else is wearing their helmets as well. Seeing them is a constant reminder in case I forget, which does happen.

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            • #46
              Originally posted by Stonewall View Post
              The answer I got from a helmetless western rider was: "My horse won't respect me if I wear a helmet."

              There is no response to that.
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              My horse respects me for treating him kindly and bringing his favorite treats. He's not commented on my helmet thus far...

              Mukluk is right. All of us end up subsidizing the aftermath. It doesn't win me friends in my neck of the woods, but I'm firmly of the notion that motorcycle riders should have to pay higher insurance rates like smokers. I've known too many people for whom the damn motorcycle took a mildly inconvenient fender bender to "husband and daddy is never coming home again." I don't see not wearing a helmet when you ride a horse much differently.

              eta: last weekend, a junior from my daughter's barn had just come up from the show ring and was sitting on her horse waiting for mom to get the camera for the obligatory ribbon photos. The mare suddenly fell to her knees. ( We think she went to snatch grass and lost her balance.) The girl managed to save herself from getting thrown, but it was close. And the horse was just standing there when it happened.

              About 20 yeas ago a local hunt master died from injuries sustained when his horse dropped dead from a heart attack out from under him. Skilled rider. Well-trained horse. S--t happens.
              Last edited by Wanderosa; May. 16, 2019, 09:17 PM.

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              • #47
                I'm pro helmet and pro heeled boots or safety stirrups, but chest protectors and safer horses make sense too, yet I don't wear a chest protector and haven't traded in any of my horses for less challenging ones. So who am I to tell anyone else what they should or shouldn't do?

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                • #48
                  My first job out of collage was at a large facility where the boarding and lesson barns were in separate aisles of the barn. Over half of the boarders were clients of a dressage BNT, and only one of the adults wore a helmet. When I started, the two teenage clients were 17 ( facility rules were that you had to be over 18 to not wear a helmet) and they rode with the chin straps undone. As soon as their 18th birthdays came around, the helmets came off.

                  When Courtney King-Dye had her accident, the BNT became a huge advocate for helmets in the dressage community. She has since gotten her own facility ( where I worked for 10 years) and any rider on the property must have a helmet on.
                  Proud mother to Matt, a 18 year-old TB gelding.

                  FOREVER

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                  • #49
                    Originally posted by Stonewall View Post
                    The answer I got from a helmetless western rider was: "My horse won't respect me if I wear a helmet."

                    There is no response to that.
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                    My response to that would be: "Glad your horse can dial 911 for you. Mine's not quite that well-trained yet."

                    Holy crap on a cracker . . .

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                    • #50
                      I was at the barn which is new to me as I just moved there and I didn't have my helmet with me, which I realized after my horse was tacked and on my walk to the arena. I ended up borrowing one that was sitting nearby that looked like it had been there a while. Although it didn't fit, I wanted something on my noggin in case I came off my almost dead QH if he decided to come alive. Just doesn't feel right riding without one.

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