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17 Oct Just PUT ONE ON!!!!

No, this is not a blog post on family planning…well, I guess it kind of is, in a way… regardless, I’m hoping you commit to this barn rule with yourself and your kids from here on in…. NO HELMET, NO HORSE, NO EXCUSES! (Those of you that already do…you are AWESOME!) Here’s just a few reasons why (taken from the Equestrian Medical Safety Association):

  1.  The most common reason among riders for admission to hospital and death are head injuries.
  2. A fall from two feet can cause permanent brain damage. A horse elevates a rider eight feet or more above ground.
  3. Approximately 20 percent of horse-related injuries occur on the ground and not riding.
  4. Most riding injuries occur during pleasure riding.
  5.  A human skull can be shattered by an impact of 4-6 mph. Horses can gallop at 40 mph.
  6. According to the National Electronic Surveillance System figures the most likely ages for injury is at 5-14, and 25-44 years with each decade having about 20 percent of the injuries.
  7. A rider who has one head injury has a 40 percent chance of suffering a second head injury. Children, teens and young adults are most vulnerable to sudden death from second impact syndrome: severe brain swelling as a result of suffering a second head injury before recovery from the first head injury.
  8. Death is not the only serious outcome of unprotected head injuries. Those who survive with brain injury may suffer epilepsy, intellectual and memory impairment, and personality changes.
  9. Hospital costs for an acute head injury can be in the range of $25,000 per day. Lifetime extended care costs may easily exceed $3 million. There is no funding for rehabilitation outside the medical setting.
  10. Helmets work. Most deaths from head injury can be prevented by wearing ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials), SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) approved helmets that fit correctly and have the harness firmly applied. Other types of helmets, including bike helmets, are inadequate.
  11. Racing organizations require helmets and as a result jockeys now suffer fewer head injuries than pleasure riders. The US Pony Club lowered their head injury rate 29 percent with mandatory helmet use. Britain’s hospital admission rate for equestrians fell 46 percent after helmet design improved and they came into routine use.
  12. The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Medical Association through the Committee on Sports Medicine, Canadian Medical Association, and the American Medical Equestrian Association/Safe Riders Foundation recommend that approved, fitted and secured helmets be worn on all rides by all horseback riders.

SO….

Still think helmet-hair’s not worth it?

Maybe it’s too hot to ride in one?

The kids just don’t think it’s ‘cool’, or it’s too ‘english’?  (nothing wrong with being too English by the way :))

You’re an experienced rider with a well-trained horse?

Watch this sobering reminder from Olympic Dressage rider, Courtney King-Dye, 3 years on from her traumatic brain injury.  She was schooling her horse when he tripped and fell.  She was not wearing a helmet at the time.

WOW, should there really be any second thought?

For more excellent information on this subject, check out http://www.riders4helmets.com/ and please, just put one on…you only have one head… use it!

It just makes sense.

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2 Comments
  • Donna Downs
    Posted at 02:17h, 24 January

    Just recently, whist riding our trusted horse, in our own back yard, I came off. Very out of character for the horse – we believe he was bitten by something causing him to buck repeatedly.

    Fell head first cracking my helmet severely.

    I walked away, shaken but not hurt.

    Always no helmet no horse best advice ever!

    • Jayne Roberts
      Posted at 03:10h, 24 January

      Donna, thanks for sharing your experience. You just never know when a horse is going to be well, a horse 🙂
      Reading through the injury and death statistics is a sobering experience. The amount of people that say things like “he’s usually such a quiet horse” or “it was so out of character”, yet really it’s not out of character, and he may usually be quiet, but if he perceives a threat, he’s going to kick into survival mode without even thinking. Once a flight animal always a flight animal.
      Glad you’re OK and thankfully you had your helmet on…a bruised bum (I ALWAYS land on my butt!) and pride is much easier to heal than a head.

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