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imogenj

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imogenj says:

The big hat debate

By now you should be used to seeing our debate section in the magazine, and hopefully some of our topics have got you talking. This month we’re talking about the riding hat. To wear or not to wear! We know most riders wouldn’t get on without one, but there are some who feel safe in the saddle with their hair flowing and head exposed to the elements.

What do you think – hat or no hat? 
 
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Thanks,

Imogen

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Cocosmom

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Cocosmom says:

Re: The big hat debate

I cant believe people wouldn't wear hats now they have improved so much over the years with additional vents and are so comfortable, considering they could save your life I dont understand how anyone could gamble with that! I dont come off that often and fortunately I have never badly hurt myself but the last  time I came off my head hit the floor at a rapid rate of knots, the next day I felt like I had whiplash and for half an hour afterwards my head was still fuzzy and throbbing! If I hadn't have had my hat on it could be a lot worse! I have also had my head knocked by my horses foot after I fell off after a jump, he backed up and touched another jump wing, spooked and jumped over me glancing my head with his foot. My hat had a visible crack in it afterwards! That could have been my head! I guess it's people's choice if they choose not to wear a hat at home, however if they are in a public place I feel they should always wear one to set a good example to others, especially children! 

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Nash2

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Nash2 says:

Re: The big hat debate

I think most people wear a hat now.  It's very rare that I see anyone without one but the issue that worries me is people wearing the wrong sized hat.  I am trained to fit hats and I know the dangers of wearing an ill fitting hat.  One that's too large can cause terrible damage to the neck or spine.  When I worked at the saddlery we would only let a hat leave the shop if it had been correctly fitted.  If someone came in to buy one for a present we would say no and not sell one - maybe do a voucher for the person to come in and get one fitted.  I'm amazed how easy it is to order hats online and how people even buy second-hand ones!! They can look like new but can be completely useless inside if they've been dropped.  At a recent show I saw a sales assistant say 'that'll do' to a little boy wearing a hat clearly too big for him - I was shocked it's bad enough for a adult to choose to wear one that doesn't fir but to put one on a kid!!  People also buy hats for children that's too big in order to give them 'growing room' - you can't do this - it needs to fit them there and then.  I'm not a mad Health & Safety nut but I don't think this issue is highlighted enough.

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gypsydew

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gypsydew says:

Re: The big hat debate

Always wear a hat although I can put my hand up and say that I have ridden round the field a couple of times with out it but on the whole no hat then no ride.

 

My pet hate is seeing people hacking out on the roads in baseball caps!!

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MaesSeren

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MaesSeren says:

Re: The big hat debate

Ive only ever sat on a horse once without a hat and it was on my trusty cob who doesnt put a foot wrong. I got talked down too once because I wouldnt ride without a hat, if they want to risk their lives jumping without hats then fair enough, but I wont.

I ride without a body protector, maybe I shouldnt but they dont have the same safety aspect as a hat, numerous times I've come off horses landing on my head, I've damaged 2 vertebrae in my neck so certainly now I definately wouldnt risk riding without one and I'd never let anyone sit on my horses without a hat which fit them properly.

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Vik1

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Vik1 says:

Re: The big hat debate

I always wear a hat.  I dont feel right if I dont have one, its like I missing something.  I hate how they look though.  I got a new hat recently but didnt have wads of cash so I had to pick the least mushroom head looking hat possible.  I still look something from a Mario game!

A girl I know wears hats for every other horse barr her old faithful. The horse could easily collapse, fall, slip or trip no matter how reliable it is.

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melxvengeance

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Re: The big hat debate

I'm very comfortable riding without a hat, it doesn't bother me in the slightest. I only ride with a hat now because we have to at college; otherwise, i don't. whenever Minty's been home with me, i've ridden with a hat because he's become very exciteable and unpredictable. but before i went to college i taught him to jump, all without wearing a hat, and he'd constantly run out.

 

i've had a few people calling me a very stupid little girl, but so what - if you don't like me NOT wearing a hat, then that's your problem, not mine. at the end of the day, if i injure myself, i injure myself.

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*Raychel*&*Gally*

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Re: The big hat debate

I always wear a hat while riding properly.

But if i make reins out of the leadrope an jump on bareback on way to/from field an race up the field i dont bother.

Stupid really, cus im more likely to fall off like that, but it wud be my fault lol.

xx

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jackysian

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jackysian says:

Re: The big hat debate

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/kent/4343754.stm

 

Let's just hope anyone stupid enough to ride without a hat has good funeral cover, would be a shame for their parents to be out of pocket because of someone thinking they were too cool to wear a hat.  Or even better...don't die get paralysed now that's every parents dream..child at home for ever, wouldn't mummy be happy.

When you're young and you fall off a horse, you may break something. When you're my age, you splatter. ~Roy Rogers

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Marian Pinches

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Re: The big hat debate

I'd never ride without a hat generally. I feel almost naked without one, lol! Just doesn't feel right. I just grab it on auto pilot, lol! The topic which Endurance Arabians posted at the beginning of the year should be a warning to everyone, about how the young girl had her head trodden on when leading her horse in from the field. Last time I heard it was criticle. Everyone just wear your hat! It takes a few seconds to put one on. Life is precious but can be lost so quickly and carelessly. X

xxxx Bricky Boy & Dukey Baby xxxx

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Anonymous

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"Let's just hope anyone stupid enough to ride without a hat has good funeral cover, would be a shame for their parents to be out of pocket because of someone thinking they were too cool to wear a hat."

 

It's not a cool thing, i just found it comfier, and i could ride better. I also ride better without wearing gloves, and wearing trainers, i feel like my body is freer.

Nobody sees me ride anyway, so it definately isn't a cool factor for me

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