HorseCrazyGirls Tell Us Why They Wear Helmets
HorseCrazyGirls.com held a competition sponsored by Troxel, who donated a helmet. We asked riders why they wear a riding helmet. Here's what they told us.
Helmets for Safety
I used to not care about wearing a helmet (sometimes still don't) but I fell off my horse named Blue and hit my head on the ground and got a really bad headache and a bruise. I started (mostly) wearing a helmet.
My friend fell off a horse and got dragged fifty feet. I did not personally see this, but that's what she told me.
Why I Wear a Riding Helmet
I love horses with all my heart! I ride all the time. I wear a riding helmet for safety and protection. Also, they are very stylish and beautiful.
Why I Wear a Helmet When Riding
I always make sure that me and my daughter wear a helmet when riding so that we are safe in case we have a fall. It keeps us from getting any kind of head injury.
Why I Wear a Riding Helmet
I wear a riding helmet because they protect your head while riding. They also look stylish.
Why I Wear a Helmet?
I wear a helmet because I have seen too many people injured from lack of protection. I may be able to control where a horse goes but I cannot control their fear. Fear is a driving force for a horse that can cause great harm to the rider. By wearing a helmet I add another security blanket and peace of mind... Especially for my mother.
by: S grey
Wearing a helmet has just become a part of riding. I love my horse but I love myself too! Never know what could happen.
Why I Wear A Helmet
I wear a helmet because a long time ago I fell off my horse and the helmet basically saved my life!
by: Amazing Rider
I think everybody should wear a helmet when they ride horses, bikes, and skateboards because you never know you could fall down. For example: you're riding your horse and you accidentally fall over and you don't wear your helmet there is a possibility of getting a bad injury.
Always Wear a Helmet
by: Liana T
Why not? It's not very hard! It can save your lives! I ALWAYS wear a helmet as you should too!
by: Morgan S
I wear a helmet because I feel it is a necessity in order for you to be at your safest. I have known a lot of people who have ridden without helmets and gotten in serious accidents that have led to concussions. To be honest, I am the kind of person who likes safety and doesn't really like living on the dangerous side of life. I also wear a helmet because when my younger sister was younger, she fell off of a fire truck (long story) and broke her sinuses and was told that if she had a fall like that again, she would most likely die. I wear a helmet to show her that it is never bad to live on the safer side. Also, I wear a helmet because it makes me feel more secure.
Been riding over 33yrs. Always wear my Troxel helmets. Saved my life. I was riding on a dirt road and passing a horse pasture when one of the horses in the pasture ran up to the fence, stopped suddenly and flung mud out and over myself and my horse’s head across the road and some hit us as well. My gelding reared up and flipped over onto me. I remember my head hitting twice dead center in the back of my skull. My Troxel helmet was shattered from the impact at that exact location. This all happened within 5 seconds. I am not a novice rider, used to show pleasure in breed shows, trail riding in numerous states, and riding endurance. I would not be here today if I had not had that helmet on.
Why I Wear A Helmet
by: Penelope M
Wearing a riding helmet not only ensures my safety but the safety of my horse. Should I have a serious fall, helmet protection would prevent a serious injury that could prevent me from taking care of my horse and spending time together!
Why I Ride With A Helmet
I ride with a helmet because I'm pretty sure it's a law not only can they be stylish but they protect you from when you do fall off. Troxel is a really good company. I have a velveteen one that I use when I do show and a schooling helmet for trail rides.
My mom had a brain injury and insists I wear a helmet for my protection. She doesn't want me or anyone else to go through what she has been through.
Helmets Are A Life Saver Literally!
Helmets are so important. I had a really bad accident once, if I hadn't worn a helmet I could have had a major brain injury. Wear a helmet!
Every Ride, Every Time
You should never get on a horse without a helmet. It's just not worth the risk! Sure, they get hot and sweaty and uncomfortable, but would you rather be uncomfortable in a wheelchair?
Never Without :)
by: Ilonka/The Cre8ive Chick
Grew up with horses, had a 12-year "baby break" before getting back into it in my 30s. Haven't ridden without a helmet since. People always ask when I'm finally going to trust my horses enough to take it off. The answer is never. It has zero to do with trust but things happen, horses trip, spook reasons to keep it on! Just rode my Friesian bareback and Bitless this morning - but with a helmet on my head.
Helmets are Important!
I was sitting on my horse bareback in an arena and out of nowhere he bolted and threw me into a fence. My head hit the fence 3 times on the way down and if it weren't for my helmet I could've gotten hurt really badly. Helmets are a very important thing and I would love to have this new helmet for showing this fall!
A day before my first show, a stubborn little pony named Phantom went nuts and threw me off. My instructor's helper was dragging a hose across the arena right as I was headed toward a cross rail. She accidentally moved the hose quickly, and Phantom jumped, did a crazy circle, and started galloping. He was going for the wall and I was falling off of the side the wall was about to be on, so I bailed. I fell on the side of my head, bounced a few times and then skidded to a stop like nothing had ever happened. I was so glad I had my helmet, without it, I might have hurt something. Phantom was a naughty horse, but he taught me a great lesson. Always wear a helmet!