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To Helmet or Not to Helmet.... Is it really a question?
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To Helmet or Not to Helmet.... Is it really a question?

I have never really been a stickler for personal safety equipment when riding. However, I have always been a stickler for my horse's safety and those around my horse. Well, as I have gotten older I have been more consistent in riding with a helmet; however, I would always jump up there and take that easy quiet ride or "quick" ride and just not put one on. 

Well a couple of weeks ago that all changed for me. 

A fun filled camping and trail riding weekend quickly turned into more than any of us expected. One of the ladies decided to ride a friend's horse instead of her own in order to save gas on an extra trailer pickup. Well the horse had another idea! 

As she mounted, the horse decided to start bucking and she held on for a good 4-5 bucks and then came crashing to the ground. When her head hit the ground it sounded like a shotgun had gone off. It was the scariest accident that I have personally witnessed and completely unexpected from this mare. 

The only saving grace for the rider was that she was wearing a helmet, as 3 of the 5 riders were. Her helmet was shattered and she was really shook up. After loading up the horses and getting her to the ER to make sure she was okay we found out that she didn't even have a concussion. She did bruise her hinny pretty good and a hairline fracture to her tail bone But was ALIVE! The Doctor in the ER looked at her helmet and told her that if she had hit the ground that hard without the helmet she would be lucky to have been alive. Now there is something to think on! 

Seeing her head sling shot into the ground the way it did will always be in my mind and the sound will never leave me. 

So for me there is NO QUESTION! HELMET all the way! The best horse in the world is still a living creature that has a mind of its own.

 

 

 

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I am just a girl who loves horses! Pretty much everything there is about horses from the hooves up. I come from a line of female trainers and horse lovers. I purchased my first horse when I was 15 and haven't looked back. :) I am married to a non-horsey husband who loves me even though he says I am a prime example of "My Little Pony" gone wrong. I am just going to share my feelings and experiences with you and hope that we can learn and grow in our passion for horses together.

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  1. naturegirl
    There you have it. Safety is not something to play around with. Voted! When you have the chance, please come read my article, How to Look Your Best, and vote if you enjoyed it.
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    1. naturegirl
      By the way, don't forget to vote for yourself.
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      1. Ariana
        Ariana
        Thanks!
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  2. HorseDiva
    Great article. I just wrote one for beginners that tells them to wear their helmets! Advanced people should also still wear them! I voted. Come read mine too, and vote if you like it. It's called For the Beginners!.
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  3. love4equine
    love4equine
    Great blog!!! I voted!!!
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  4. jst4horses
    I ride with a lot of western riders, who ride without helmets. However. One day I was coming out of the park arena, with my own horse, and a friend had left a big bag of carrots for me. I gathered up my other horse, and noticed the carrots, I had put my helmet on the saddle to walk the horses home, the stallion was a bit much at that time, just off the track to try to ride, or pony. I grabbed the carrot bag, and unfortunately put it on the saddle horn of my Arabian, not the TB stallion. The next thing I knew, I had the stallion nuzzling me, and that I had a severe kick to my body and my head. The other horse had gone off up the hill. A man managed to grab him, and as I walked by, said something like "he could have caused an accident". I said nothing, just stomped up the hill. unsaddled those horses and put them in. The owner of the stable had a visiting son in law who was a paramedic. He came down to the barn and said, are you OK, you left the front gate open, something I had never done before, and it alerted him. I remember, probably 19 years ago, patting my head, about six inches above its normal self, and said "I don't think so". He checked me, and called the paramedics. I went to the hospital, but got back in time to feed those horses:) I had f orgotten that horse really did not like bags, let alone on his saddle. He did not kick me, he kicked the bag after he managed to get it to fall off, and I got my head in the way. I learned to wear my helmet!.
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  5. jst4horses
    I ride with a lot of western riders, who ride without helmets. However. One day I was coming out of the park arena, with my own horse, and a friend had left a big bag of carrots for me. I gathered up my other horse, and noticed the carrots, I had put my helmet on the saddle to walk the horses home, the stallion was a bit much at that time, just off the track to try to ride, or pony. I grabbed the carrot bag, and unfortunately put it on the saddle horn of my Arabian, not the TB stallion. The next thing I knew, I had the stallion nuzzling me, and that I had a severe kick to my body and my head. The other horse had gone off up the hill. A man managed to grab him, and as I walked by, said something like "he could have caused an accident". I said nothing, just stomped up the hill. unsaddled those horses and put them in. The owner of the stable had a visiting son in law who was a paramedic. He came down to the barn and said, are you OK, you left the front gate open, something I had never done before, and it alerted him. I remember, probably 19 years ago, patting my head, about six inches above its normal self, and said "I don't think so". He checked me, and called the paramedics. I went to the hospital, but got back in time to feed those horses:) I learned to wear my helmet!.
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