Do you choose to wear a helmet or choose not?

Discussion in 'Horse and Rider Safety' started by purplepony, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Neats

    Neats New Member

    For those that choose not to wear a helmet - yeah I get the romantic / inconvenience but

    Picture this

    You aren't wearing a helmet
    You fall off your horse and possibly loose consciousness
    Ambulance bring you to my ED
    You are combative, and agitated - depending on the level I may have to sedate you to control you and fully assess you + protect your neck
    I may have to physically restrain you at times

    I put you through a CT scanner and discover something devastating

    The worst bit

    I have to then go to your family, friends, significant others whoever and tell them what I find, they look at me imploring wanting it to go away, wanting answers about the future. Something I can't give. They want hope

    There will be much crying including our staff we are not robots we are human and we feel for everyone, we know what this means and the possible outcomes.

    For me depending on the injury I may put a tube down your throat to control your airway and breathing, a tube in your bladder and a finger up your backside to assess your neuro system. I then transfer you to a hospital many many km away for specialist care.

    yeah yeah I get it horse riding is a dangerous sport, true
    Yep living is a dangerous sport

    But imagine if you had worn a helmet ..................
  2. Perthian

    Perthian New Member

    Just what I thought, 30 and not dry behind your ears yet. #(I am many years your senior so yes you are young
  3. Hen

    Hen Well-known Member

    Perthian, the air must be thinner up there on that pedestal you're on!!!

    It's not a frigging competition, it's a personal choice, go have a go at 'wet behind the ears' Anky who schools at home without a helmet, or in fact many European riders - where the wearing of helmets is not as commonplace as it is here. Have a crack at 99.99% of western riders - or are they all naive little princesses too? :p

    Honest to god!!! :}
  4. chance18

    chance18 New Member

    i personally have to agree with both sides to the argument, if you are an adult yes it is your choice whether you ride with a helmet or not, and it is for you to decide whether the risk is worth the pain and suffering that you would put your family and friends through if you fall off and seriously injure yourself.

    I am one of those people that will always wear a helmet, except for at the beach - if all i am doing at the beach is lazing in the water or going for a walk along the sand. I have exercised my young horse on the beach before and come off while wearing a helmet (due to a violent shy) and landed on my back, hitting my head. Let me tell you that the sand isnt very soft when you fall at speed! The next day my neck was so sore from the fall that I had to quite literally support my head and lift it off the bed to be able to get out of bed... not an enjoyable experience! I just shudder to think what might have happened if I hadnt been wearing a helmet that day.

    For all those people that argue that they are experienced, so they are less likely to fall off, I am sure we are all aware that horses, no matter how 'bombproof' are still living breathing animals with a mind of their own & even if they are the least likely to shy or misbehave, it doesnt take much for them to trip and send you flying, no matter how experienced you are - you just have to look at what happened to Courtney King-Dye... and no offense to the people on here, but it is highly unlikely that you are riding at Olympic level... my point is that it can and does happen to anyone.

    As for the top riders not wearing helmets - have a look at this link, Isabel Werth recently competed in Germany with a helmet on, and it looks like other top level riders may follow suit.

    Safety Helmets Make it All the Way to the Top ? by Ken Braddick | Riders4Helmets Campaign News

    Just some food for thought :)
  5. Hen

    Hen Well-known Member

    It's got nothing to do with less likelihood of falling off, experienced riders know the risks they are taking far more than an inexperienced rider would, that was my point.

    Chance18 if you ride without a helmet at the beach then you ride without a helmet some of the time - the surface doesn't matter, the naked skull is the point! :p

    That is Isabell Werth's choice and I applaud her for making her own decision, however there are many who won't follow suit, which I agree with entirely.

    I think you might be surprised at some stockies' riding capabilities btw ;):cool:

    There are more top riders than just dressage riders too - Edwina Alexander trains without a helmet, as do many other top European-based showjumpers. If you watch their lessons and clinics you will notice than alot of students are bare headed too, it is not as abhorrent a crime as it is in Australia to ride without a helmet.
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2011
  6. Lauren

    Lauren Gold Member

    You know what is a crime... wearing a GOLD helmet.

    YUCK! :p *#)
    Surely she could have worn a pretty helmet at least? ;)
  7. Hen

    Hen Well-known Member

    LOL Lauren! It is pretty garish isn't it!! Maybe she got a kickback for wearing it or something, cos you'd have to pay me to wear it - alot!!!!!
  8. blitzen

    blitzen Gold Member

    i like it!
  9. blitzen

    blitzen Gold Member

    cos ppl are explaining why they don't wear a helmet at x & y place. justification. :p
  10. Hen

    Hen Well-known Member

    fair enough! :D I would like a pink helmet for home. ANd I saw a lovely show velvet hunt cap with diamantes all around the peak etc, it was gorgeous - and about $500 :/ *#)
  11. Leon

    Leon Well-known Member

    Get some helmet covers Hen, then you can choose what colour/bling you want for what riding you are doing!!
  12. blitzen

    blitzen Gold Member

    ah, maybe one day i will own a GPA.
  13. NaeNae87

    NaeNae87 Well-known Member

    I wear a helmet when schooling, regardless of location. I also wear one when jumping or trail riding. The only place I don't wear a helmet is the beach. Until recently I haven't been able get my horse in the water, mug less ride him. And as he tends to get excited at speed, I don't do anything but walk. My friend takes him for a gallop, bareback, with no helmet, but that is her choice.
    Yes helmets can prevent head injury, but not always. Just like driving a car. Most of the time if you are sticking to the speed limit and the road rules, you won't be in an accident. However there is always a slight risk no matter how careful you are.
  14. FiLLy84

    FiLLy84 New Member

    I choose to as brain damage can not be fixed with surgery or metal or pins
  15. fuddles

    fuddles Well-known Member

    having grown up in a time in the 60s and 70s and 80s when the only people who wore helmets were snobs(worse if they wore gloves ) or the beginner riders, you could rock up at a trail riding joint be given a horse pointed over to the helmet rack told "if ya wan won take ya pik", "no thanks full of redbacks most probably",

    amazed that l ever survived the experience some of the horses WOW

    these days l do wear my helmet not because l am worried that l will fall off, it has become a habit just to put one on
  16. nae

    nae New Member

    Ditto with fuddles! **)
  17. phynna

    phynna New Member

    Hi all! Virgin forumite here!

    Reading this thread was making me think it's extremely odd in today's climate of insurance, occupational health and safety, and sports persons requirements to set good examples to thr youngsters, that professional level equestrian competitions that it is not mandatory to wear helmets!

    The other thing I found odd was that helmet manufacturers had not collaborated with companies such as Akubra to produce some kind of hat that also included protection..

    I did find this, some of you may find it's a good idea and some of you may think it's dorky but I'll post it anyway:

    Basically they've made a hat that fits snugly on your helmet and connects on the press studs when you remove the visor
  18. nannygoat

    nannygoat Gold Member

    That actually looks okay!
  19. UndaToka

    UndaToka New Member

    gee that looks just like mine ;-)
    'cept mine somehow looks bigger
    must be my boof head lol
  20. ChevalNoire

    ChevalNoire New Member

    I choose to wear a helmet because the best behaved horse in the world is just as capable of having a granny moment and losing it as the most neurotic OTTB - accidents can happen to anyone, anytime and as someone has already said, brain damage can't be fixed by plates or pins or surgery.

    I grew up in the 70's when no-one wore a helmet and funnily enough everyone seemed to survive but I know from experience that you don't always bounce like you did as a kid so wearing one these days is a no-brainer (no pun intended).

    And wouldn't it be nice if larger sizes were freely available at retail stores instead of having to buy them from overseas but then, apparently everyone is a size minus 10 anorexic anyway, judging by the riding clothes available in retail stores so I guess it's crazy to imagine that larger heads would be catered for also!!!


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