Rings and Riders don’t Mix

expandable ring

Granted, I’ve been more cautious since my accident, but my latest concern has been about jewelry. As the weather here has gotten warmer, I noticed my rings was getting tighter. To the point where I wasn’t sure I could get my engagement ring off without a considerable struggle. That got me thinking. Could I get […]

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The Importance of Proper Footware

Last Friday I broke one of my cardinal rules: Always wear boots around horses that protect your feet. Not shoes. Not sandals. I’m pretty good about it, usually. But the one time I wasn’t, I got hurt. I was feeding Freedom and Willow in the morning. I’d just given Freedom his grain when something spooked […]

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What’s your excuse?

Great post on Horse Junkies United, especially in the light of New York State’s expanded helmet law! I know lots of people who don’t wear helmets and have heard a lot of excuses: it’s too hot, it’s uncomfortable, my horse is safe, I’m not jumping, we never wore them growing up and we’re all fine, […]

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New York Strengthens Helmet Law

If you are under 18 and live in New York state, you must now wear a helmet when riding a horse. All the time. New York became the first state to pass a law requiring helmets for children under the age of 14 in 1999 and it has now extended the law to cover children […]

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The long term effects of concussions

Here’s an article that appeared in the Toronto Star that we should all read and take to heart: Long-term effects of concussion misunderstood. When I was a kid we didn’t worry too much about concussions¬† — or helmets for that matter. If you fell off you got back on. I never had a trainer tell […]

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Philippe Fournier demonstrates the importance of helmet fit

In an unintentional demonstration of the importance of helmet fit — or lack thereof — French eventer Philippe Fournier loses his helmet twice on course at the CIC 3* in Arville. Yes, it actually falls off twice, the second time during a dramatic and almost catastrophic fall. The photo sequences, taken by Eventing Photo photographer […]

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BNRs and helmets, part 2

Yesterday I asked the question whether BNRs should feel morally obligated to wear helmets because of the example they set for young riders. There have been some interesting responses — I, for one, hadn’t thought about the riders’ responsibilities to their teams, but it’s a very valid point. To become an upper level rider requires […]

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Should BNRs wear helmets all the time?

When I was a teen, many of the people I rode with, lessoned with, and admired didn’t wear helmets. Not when they were on the flat, not when they were trail riding and rarely when they were jumping. Riding in a baseball cap was pretty standard and when we did wear helmets, they weren’t nearly […]

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