Poll

Required Equipment

Do you think riding helmets should be required by law?

Yes
30%
601
No
40%
798
Only for youth (18 and under)
26%
520
Only while showing
1%
24
Only while on public land
2%
43

Total votes cast: 1986

Comments & Write-in Answers

No way !

3/17/2009 10:53:17 PM

Safety of all riders

3/16/2009 11:40:01 PM

Young or no experiance and all bull riders!

3/16/2009 11:15:46 PM

Not governments' business

3/16/2009 11:07:14 PM

only if you have a brain to protect.

3/16/2009 9:57:13 PM

Stay the heck out of my business

3/16/2009 9:15:48 PM

Head injuries are no fun - ask anyone who has had one. Horses are horses. Better safe than sorry.

3/16/2009 8:01:01 PM

The unpredictability of a horse's reactions requires that riders protect themselves from head injury

3/16/2009 7:41:07 PM

because its very safe, and horses can spook and it'll give you brain injury

3/16/2009 5:08:11 PM

I think it's a good idea but I'm tired of laws, regulations and infringement on my rights

3/16/2009 5:02:46 PM

Because accidents happen even to professionals and you don't recover from a brian injury as easily a

3/16/2009 4:57:49 PM

Anything can spook your horse and even the best of riders can fall and land on their head.

3/16/2009 4:23:37 PM

We hang liability signs for visitors...we should read and apply them to Ourselves. Duh.

3/16/2009 4:11:08 PM

to each their own--freedom of choice!

3/16/2009 4:04:56 PM

nightmare to enforce

3/16/2009 3:42:34 PM

I think everyone should wear one, but not because the big government requires it.

3/16/2009 3:28:26 PM

good idea, but difficult to enforce

3/16/2009 3:24:48 PM

Helmets are a very good idea, however the government is way to involved and invasive in our lives.

3/16/2009 3:13:16 PM

Let the parents raise their own kids.

3/16/2009 3:07:37 PM

safety

3/16/2009 2:58:19 PM

No. Don't turn people into criminals because they didn't wear helmets. Allow choice to be smart.

3/16/2009 2:42:57 PM

Let's keep the government out of personal decision making.

3/16/2009 2:25:43 PM

Simple - For safety. Head injuries can be life threatening or a person can become wheel chair bound

3/16/2009 1:59:17 PM

Because they prevent serious head injuries

3/16/2009 1:13:06 PM

protects the head which ususally hits first

3/16/2009 12:57:10 PM

because whether not you know a lot about horses thats how alot of people get injured or die

3/16/2009 11:46:32 AM

While wearing helmets is important, I don't think a mandate should exist for adults.

3/16/2009 11:36:08 AM

this is still a free country

3/16/2009 11:10:41 AM

Everyone has the right to be stupid.

3/16/2009 10:55:04 AM

We all bear the cost in medical insurance, disability programs, welfare programs,special ed programs

3/16/2009 10:04:54 AM

To large an effort to enforce a law like that.

3/16/2009 6:45:40 AM

its each indivudals right to choose to wear a helmet or not

3/16/2009 1:02:41 AM

it would save lives!

3/15/2009 11:12:15 PM

we are regulated enough. People should be free to use their good sense or not

3/15/2009 10:55:54 PM

Head injuries are often forever! They can create major disabilites that create problems for all .

3/15/2009 10:39:40 PM

I believe adults have the right to choose to wear a helmet

3/15/2009 10:14:58 PM

Once you've landed on your head and can tell about it, thank a helmet, I can.

3/15/2009 10:02:54 PM

I always wear a helmet but am reluctant to force other adults to do so by law.

3/15/2009 9:29:58 PM

America is *suposed* to be a free country. We don't need anymore laws than we already have.

3/15/2009 8:33:05 PM

I personally wear a helmet every time I ride, but I am not going to tell you you must.

3/15/2009 8:02:26 PM

Some people or childere do not know how to ride that well

3/15/2009 7:58:31 PM

IT'S A PERSONAL CHOICE

3/15/2009 7:24:43 PM

Too many unenforceable laws now; common sense should be practiced.

3/15/2009 7:24:18 PM

Head injuries affect more than just the rider. They affect families, employers and co-workers.

3/15/2009 7:11:36 PM

Because they can save your life

3/15/2009 6:43:23 PM

Because maybe people don't wanna ride with helmets

3/15/2009 5:38:45 PM

because otherwise you could fall off and break you head open!

3/15/2009 5:14:08 PM

America, Land of the free. There are to many "I want to control my neighbor and their children" laws

3/15/2009 3:57:55 PM

Because no matter the age a fall from a horse can land you on your head, and the result a headwound

3/15/2009 3:46:52 PM

It simply another way to protect against a horrible injury

3/15/2009 2:52:04 PM

people should have the free choice to decide for themselves and/or thier children

3/15/2009 2:40:20 PM

I'm an RN I've see helmets save several lives.

3/15/2009 2:05:13 PM

as an adult rider, I know the risks I take

3/15/2009 1:54:14 PM

not waraign one is stupid, but we don't need laws to protect stupid people.

3/15/2009 12:04:05 PM

Just one more control of our personal preferences.

3/15/2009 11:14:36 AM

i think people should be smart enough to wear helmets, but i don't think it should be a law

3/15/2009 10:56:51 AM

It's my body, and like motorcycle helments I should have a choice.

3/15/2009 10:35:25 AM

government not needed to legislate common sense

3/15/2009 9:41:03 AM

A relatively cheap life insurance or even worse being braindamage.

3/15/2009 5:40:03 AM

they are strong and unpredictable animals ridden at times by inexperienced people

3/15/2009 2:36:29 AM

Ithink people should have a choice in their actions. But I do wear a helmet myself, every ride.

3/15/2009 1:45:28 AM

People are too stupid to choose a simple safety item that can prevent horrible injuries

3/15/2009 12:27:46 AM

in Ohio any 4-h event requires 18yrs and under to wear one or they are not allowed to participate

3/15/2009 12:22:30 AM

Some people are detered from wearing helmets because their barn-mates don't wear them.

3/15/2009 12:10:17 AM

I "now" wear a helmet; I did not require that my kids wear one; now I definately would.

3/14/2009 9:07:09 PM

Why should this be dictated by someone else?

3/14/2009 8:12:15 PM

riding helmet should be worn regardless of age and type of riding SAFETY should be always number#1

3/14/2009 7:47:52 PM

There are certin places where helmets should worn. Stables. ect. Christorher Reeves had a helmet.

3/14/2009 5:20:25 PM

I always ride with a helmet and so do my kids. It's required at shows, but to make it law? No

3/14/2009 4:02:08 PM

We were falling off of horses long before these liberal jerks decided that we need babysitters.

3/14/2009 4:00:35 PM

If you ride a motorcyle or snowbile you wear a helmet; why not on a horse?

3/14/2009 3:57:51 PM

There are enough laws, we need to wear them because we have been taught the benefit of the helment.

3/14/2009 3:56:53 PM

We can't and shouldn't make ever behavior mandated by law

3/14/2009 2:34:12 PM

We don't need more of government telling us how to live.

3/14/2009 1:59:21 PM

another infringement

3/14/2009 1:37:29 PM

I still believe it is a personal choice.

3/14/2009 1:22:05 PM

It is too dangerous nowadays t ride without a hat.

3/14/2009 1:08:37 PM

I think the laws should be similar to those for kids and bicycling. Adults can decide for themselves

3/14/2009 1:01:48 PM

Needs to remain a matter of personal choice.

3/14/2009 12:57:47 PM

You should be smart enough to know it is safer to wear a helmet. Should be in club rules also.

3/14/2009 12:01:49 PM

too many laws already

3/14/2009 11:19:01 AM

I think it is important to point out reasons and benefits BUT it is wrong to impose will upon everyo

3/14/2009 9:15:52 AM

No matter how good a rider you are or how calm your horse is, all horses are unpredictable.

3/14/2009 8:50:44 AM

I beleve in helmets, however, let's keep "Big Brother" out of it!

3/14/2009 6:34:47 AM

Even the best horse can buck.

3/14/2009 5:03:08 AM

while I wear one, it is personal choice, not government regulation.

3/14/2009 2:51:27 AM

One can never be too careful.

3/14/2009 1:24:23 AM

You decide, there is an inherant risk when riding anytime

3/14/2009 12:33:54 AM

helmets save money and lives. I've never understood why youth should wear one but not adults. DUMB

3/13/2009 10:59:02 PM

its a free country

3/13/2009 10:44:09 PM

For youth, while showing and on public land.

3/13/2009 10:30:06 PM

FREE COUNTRY

3/13/2009 9:40:21 PM

The governmant has too much control over us allready!

3/13/2009 9:31:05 PM

personal choice

3/13/2009 9:16:31 PM

health care and insurance is expensive enough with out having to pay for preventable injuries

3/13/2009 8:51:36 PM

NO! Last time i checked cowboys never used helmets!

3/13/2009 7:56:17 PM

You can't (unfortunately) legislate good sense. I've ridden for well over 50 yrs but wear a helmet.

3/13/2009 7:49:17 PM

another way of harrassing the tax paying Public

3/13/2009 6:36:27 PM

It should be a choice-Im not hurting anyone else if i don't ware one

3/13/2009 5:38:10 PM

adults should be able to choose but I think anyone is crazy not too.

3/13/2009 5:29:55 PM

Goverment doesn't need to be involved, it's common sense to wear a helmet

3/13/2009 4:55:04 PM

Laws need to be enforced. People need to look after their own brains

3/13/2009 4:52:19 PM

No more laws!

3/13/2009 4:37:27 PM

It should be left as a personal choice.

3/13/2009 4:35:07 PM

we need the current equine lovers to keep what's between their ears and under their skulls protected

3/13/2009 4:27:10 PM

People dont need to be told what to do "for their own good"

3/13/2009 3:58:38 PM

Youth under 16, is more like it. No need for more laws. Use common sense.

3/13/2009 3:37:49 PM

Better safe than brain injured.

3/13/2009 3:25:17 PM

I suffered a crushed vertebra in a fall but head and brain were ok because I wore a helmet

3/13/2009 3:24:12 PM

save your brain.

3/13/2009 2:55:51 PM

People need to be protected from their own stupidity when it costs us money

3/13/2009 2:45:47 PM

I had an accident once--completely outside of my control--I was wearing a helmet at the time. If I h

3/13/2009 2:45:20 PM

People should use common sense about their health in all things. I always wear mine.

3/13/2009 2:24:03 PM

because it can save their life

3/13/2009 2:20:45 PM

We can't regulate eveything in this country. People still have the right to be stupid.

3/13/2009 2:07:43 PM

It's like wearing a seatbelt, its needed for protection if something should happen.

3/13/2009 1:38:34 PM

To prevent brain injuries in case of a fall

3/13/2009 1:37:32 PM

for the safety

3/13/2009 1:25:53 PM

If you don't wear a helmet you're stupid

3/13/2009 1:01:39 PM

you are a fool if you don't wear a helmet

3/13/2009 12:54:33 PM

No! I always wear one but I don't need more gov't in my life! Who would even want to enforce it?

3/13/2009 11:48:17 AM

choice

3/13/2009 11:45:07 AM

There are more and more head injuries from falling off horses or horses falling that helmets can sav

3/13/2009 11:28:00 AM

I can't say that a helmet would have ever prevented the injuries I have had...it should be a choice

3/13/2009 11:27:45 AM

Adults will never be smart enought to use helmets all the time, but we can protect the youth.

3/13/2009 11:27:17 AM

Not a topic for gov't. Ranch work vs. pleasure riding?

3/13/2009 11:26:56 AM

This should be enforced by breed and discipline competition associations and parents, hopefully.

3/13/2009 11:23:19 AM

This is not a law that can be enforced or policed 24/7/365 ! Brains should win, but not always !

3/13/2009 10:53:48 AM

Helmet is not a substitute for learning to ride

3/13/2009 10:48:40 AM

For safety sake, people should use helmets, but I don't feel the government should make you do it.

3/13/2009 10:44:50 AM

It's safer

3/13/2009 9:57:25 AM

for youth, yes

3/13/2009 9:56:45 AM

because I don't want the government ruling everything I do. I do wear a helmet.

3/13/2009 9:46:12 AM

way to risky not to wear one

3/13/2009 9:32:10 AM

Because I feel if you regulate everything, it takes your freedom to decide away.

3/13/2009 9:31:52 AM

safety

3/13/2009 9:17:40 AM

Its an individual choice

3/13/2009 7:59:06 AM

anything could happen!

3/13/2009 7:55:58 AM

It's your own responsibility to protect yourself. It's a free country, or so we think.

3/13/2009 7:48:21 AM

Its your own body

3/13/2009 7:46:13 AM

my body, my choice !

3/13/2009 7:11:17 AM

Won't fly, impossible to enforce, helmets are the smart choice, I use them every time I ride.

3/13/2009 6:02:48 AM

we need more individual responsibility in NZ not being told what and where we can do this or that

3/13/2009 5:41:35 AM

helmets save lives, it's that simple

3/13/2009 4:21:06 AM

All people *should* wear helmets, but youths are more prone to skull fractures.

3/13/2009 2:04:30 AM

safety head injuries number 1

3/13/2009 1:24:23 AM

More legislation is not the answer. Better education is much better than a fine and a criminal recor

3/13/2009 1:07:32 AM

We already have too much government interference in our lives.

3/13/2009 12:42:00 AM

all youth should; for adults it should be up to the individual's discretion.

3/13/2009 12:30:05 AM

It should be the adult rider's decision to wear a helmet or not.

3/12/2009 11:40:13 PM

people should have the freedom to make their own decisions without the government

3/12/2009 10:22:34 PM

head injuries are expensive for people and for society, and helmets make a great difference in sever

3/12/2009 10:03:49 PM

yes, no more cowboy hats

3/12/2009 9:51:18 PM

i think we are lawed and taxed to the extremem it is your horse and your choice

3/12/2009 9:45:09 PM

Everyone should, but motorcycle riders can splatter their brains, so can stupid equestrians.

3/12/2009 9:38:52 PM

There should not be a law to prevent people from doing every single stupid thing to themselves

3/12/2009 9:23:09 PM

The difference a helmet makes is amazing, it's so simple to wear one.

3/12/2009 9:17:20 PM

But I think riders should use them

3/12/2009 9:05:01 PM

i wear one but how could you enforce it effectively?

3/12/2009 8:57:09 PM

People should be free to choose

3/12/2009 8:49:52 PM

I feel it is a personal choice and I always wear one, usually only adult at breed show as example

3/12/2009 8:22:26 PM

I feel that the government has enough this to worry about with out setting up regulations on helmet

3/12/2009 8:21:59 PM

prevent devastating injury

3/12/2009 8:15:52 PM

If adults are stupid enough to ride without a helmet, let them. But kids are different.

3/12/2009 8:10:51 PM

It should stay being a personal choice

3/12/2009 7:57:01 PM

I don't believe government should be allowed to dictate control over our own bodies.

3/12/2009 7:42:42 PM

It's my head!

3/12/2009 7:40:07 PM

How would it EVER be enforced?

3/12/2009 7:02:47 PM

too many stupid people go without them

3/12/2009 7:00:35 PM

We have enough too many laws

3/12/2009 7:00:23 PM

no more regulations, please!

3/12/2009 6:40:54 PM

We do not need yet another example of govt. intrusion on our private lives.

3/12/2009 6:36:54 PM

reduce severity of injuries and decrease cost to public of long term care for head injured

3/12/2009 6:24:56 PM

no, but good sense tells me to wear one, it's a risky hobby

3/12/2009 6:21:10 PM

Because we will pay for the injuries in insurance and health care costs.

3/12/2009 6:19:18 PM

people are stupid if they don't wear a helmet no matter who what where when

3/12/2009 6:18:32 PM

brain buckets save lives

3/12/2009 6:05:45 PM

the consequences of head injuries affect us all

3/12/2009 6:04:42 PM

I feel once a person is 18 they can make the decision to protect their brain or not

3/12/2009 6:02:52 PM

FREEDOM OF CHOICE

3/12/2009 5:58:49 PM

our heads are important!

3/12/2009 5:55:44 PM

We can police ourselves.

3/12/2009 5:25:48 PM

You can't legislate common sense. Children, though should be protected even if adults are stupid.

3/12/2009 5:14:13 PM

You only have one head and brain

3/12/2009 5:06:30 PM

a helmet may not save every life but it is a positive start!

3/12/2009 5:05:59 PM

keep your laws off my body

3/12/2009 4:46:12 PM

you have to protect the idiots from themselves - a horse is an animal, and you never know

3/12/2009 4:43:27 PM

ive been a instuctor for over 40 years. Arms and legs will heal brain do not heal well.

3/12/2009 4:37:57 PM

It should be an individuals right to choose, whether they want to wear a helmet or not!!!!

3/12/2009 4:32:44 PM

Vanity seems to outweigh common sense in most people. Like motorcycles..a helmet is a necessity.

3/12/2009 4:30:16 PM

Ethier having a Concussion and being paralyzed or dead...I choose helmet.

3/12/2009 4:26:12 PM

Just as in motorcycle helmet use, which has documented wearing helmets lessens brain injury.

3/12/2009 4:14:25 PM

Only in showing is the idea controllable. On private land it's impossible.

3/12/2009 4:09:49 PM

Are you kidding me? EXACTLY how much government do we need in our lives?

3/12/2009 4:06:42 PM

It is the choice of the rider to ride in a helmet and if they don't want to they shouldn't have to.

3/12/2009 4:00:30 PM

Prevent costly head injuries and rehab. Ask any ER doctor.

3/12/2009 3:58:14 PM

Most of the time you land on your head. Head over heels !!!!

3/12/2009 3:50:37 PM

It should be up to the rider to exercise good judgement, NOT THE GOVERNMENT!

3/12/2009 3:44:07 PM

common sense!

3/12/2009 3:42:48 PM

Brain Damage is not pleasant!

3/12/2009 3:41:40 PM

Already case in Ont.Canada - as brain injury survivor wouldn't think of not using one

3/12/2009 3:31:31 PM

Continued support for Darwinism!

3/12/2009 3:29:09 PM

brains dummy, brains!

3/12/2009 3:23:14 PM

Personal choice to get injured or not.

3/12/2009 3:16:09 PM

we have enough laws

3/12/2009 3:14:12 PM

It's a smart idea and I wear one, and insist that minors who ride with me do too. But enough laws!!!

3/12/2009 3:06:19 PM

I've never seen a motorcyle make a disicion on it's own....until your an adult, brain-buckets = YES

3/12/2009 3:02:26 PM

I believe that is most things, commom sense should dictate when and where to wear a helmet.

3/12/2009 3:01:28 PM

Government needs to stay out of our business!

3/12/2009 2:59:16 PM

Accidents happen - protect yourself

3/12/2009 2:58:59 PM

we are already nannied by the government, freedom to decide whether we endanger our own lives

3/12/2009 2:56:45 PM

I think children you always where a helmet, I choose to for my safety.

3/12/2009 2:56:24 PM

Would you have the helmet police to enforce that?

3/12/2009 2:56:15 PM

I don't think that the goverment should have to tell people the right thing to do! I

3/12/2009 2:56:11 PM

Because many serious closed-head injuries are soooooo preventable!

3/12/2009 2:47:23 PM

I always wear one but we do not need any more laws-gun laws-horse laws or any other laws.

3/12/2009 2:47:02 PM

I ride arabs and used to ride endurance and I wear helmets ALL THE TIME! It's like putting socks on.

3/12/2009 2:43:31 PM

If you have every fallen off a horse you would not ask the importance of a helmet.

3/12/2009 2:42:11 PM

Think of those who may have to care for you should you get seriously injured.

3/12/2009 2:34:44 PM

Brain trauma can be reduced and ultimately public monies saved (disability payments)

3/12/2009 2:34:30 PM

it should be up to the individual, you accept a risk being around horses.

3/12/2009 2:17:29 PM

For youth to protect them. Adults make their own choices

3/12/2009 2:17:06 PM

It is our job to protect our children, adults may make their own decisions

3/12/2009 2:15:56 PM

we don't need govt. to tell us how or what we have to do to enjoy our horses. STUPID IDEA

3/12/2009 2:12:18 PM

Keeps reckless people from incurring permanent brain injury which the taxpayer may have to support.

3/12/2009 12:20:54 PM

because horses can be unpredictable..its for safety

3/12/2009 12:04:31 PM

No, because some sports like Barrel Racing, (18+) you wear a hat. ;)

3/12/2009 11:27:31 AM

There's too much goverment involved in our lives. I've rode and trained all my life w/o a helmet.

3/12/2009 11:18:19 AM

It's is the persons choice on private land. But I think riders at (12 or younger) should at shows.

3/12/2009 10:48:23 AM

Under 18 persons are under parential care, non-adult and are carefree like in nature

3/12/2009 10:16:41 AM

Unenforceable. People should be smart enough to wear one. Killing off the dumb ones helps us all.

3/12/2009 9:34:22 AM

helmets prevent head injuries.

3/12/2009 9:12:01 AM

Helmets should be kept a personal preference and highly recommended for youth.

3/12/2009 9:09:33 AM

I hope we still live in a free country

3/12/2009 8:48:37 AM

Should be a personal choice for adults

3/12/2009 8:09:37 AM

Personnel Choice

3/12/2009 7:55:21 AM

individual rights to assess for ones self

3/12/2009 6:13:02 AM

i think it should be up to the individual and/or parent

3/12/2009 6:01:26 AM

It's best to wear one but should be matter of choice.

3/12/2009 4:39:17 AM

So everyone is safe.

3/12/2009 2:37:52 AM

It should be an individual choice. There are enough gov't regs without adding more

3/12/2009 2:19:52 AM

That would be stupid, it hasn't even been proven to protect.

3/12/2009 1:51:41 AM

I can choose when it is effective to wear one

3/12/2009 1:31:54 AM

everything has a law now. there will be no freedom of choice if this keeps up

3/12/2009 12:53:12 AM

The last thing we need is more government intervention

3/11/2009 11:41:37 PM

you start that, then they will want to charge a fee to ride, or need a lic.. NO way

3/11/2009 11:15:12 PM

it is MY right to choose!!

3/11/2009 11:06:43 PM

It is still a free country, isn't it. Who is going to enforce this law?

3/11/2009 10:48:34 PM

Yes unless rider has full medical and liability insurance. Why should the public pay for stupidity

3/11/2009 10:48:01 PM

I don't think our goverments job is to mandate helmets.

3/11/2009 10:30:28 PM

We have too many laws "protecting" us now.

3/11/2009 9:54:53 PM

children under 18 are under the care of parents, 18 and over are adults,government stay out of it!

3/11/2009 9:42:43 PM

So you don't fall off and crack your head

3/11/2009 9:39:52 PM

nO MORE GOVERNMENT

3/11/2009 9:32:28 PM

No, but should be highly recommended. And I use one religiously.

3/11/2009 9:15:34 PM

Protect your head from brain injuries

3/11/2009 9:08:30 PM

Yes! All minors definitely.

3/11/2009 9:02:11 PM

would be uniform law make it safer for everyone.

3/11/2009 8:44:40 PM

similar to a seatbelt law in a car.

3/11/2009 8:41:46 PM

It's another freedom

3/11/2009 8:37:17 PM

You can't legislate stupidity and it would be an unenforceable law for the most part.

3/11/2009 7:32:33 PM

A head injury is forever!!

3/11/2009 7:20:19 PM

While I think everyone should wear a helmet, I do NOT think it should be a law.

3/11/2009 7:17:27 PM

should be personal choice. we don't need the government telling us what we can or can't do in all fa

3/11/2009 7:14:00 PM

We can't expect our kidsto wearhelmets if we don't set a good example.

3/11/2009 7:05:11 PM

It could potentially save your life.

3/11/2009 6:48:13 PM

I have been paralyzed twice and if I had been wearing a helmet while riding I wouldnt have had that.

3/11/2009 6:40:55 PM

no!its a personal choice,we all have our reasons for doin the things we do, you go figure

3/11/2009 6:39:12 PM

I would normally say no; however, the law allows me to be sued if one gets hurt.

3/11/2009 6:18:17 PM

People should have a say so in their own well being.

3/11/2009 6:15:15 PM

wearing a helmet has saved my life as well a wearing a vest.

3/11/2009 5:56:42 PM

people should be able to make their individual choice

3/11/2009 5:49:27 PM

Freedom of choice... Parents can make responsible decisions for their children.

3/11/2009 5:32:28 PM

I think that it should be your own choice not the GOVERNMENT telling me I have to do something.

3/11/2009 5:24:12 PM

Health and safty is getting out of control!

3/11/2009 4:58:31 PM

Nobody is immune from accidents, no matter the age of the person. Even the quietest horse can spook.

3/11/2009 4:56:51 PM

rider's safety

3/11/2009 4:36:21 PM

We need to protect our kids, as for stupid adults, there's natural selection

3/11/2009 4:30:36 PM

TBI injury is a very costly. Helmets can reduce injury and associated costs

3/11/2009 4:24:08 PM

Thy are required by law for bicycles and horses are a bigger risk of injury

3/11/2009 4:17:01 PM

/everyone should where a helmet while riding but it should not be mandatory.

3/11/2009 4:12:14 PM

because it will be safer.

3/11/2009 4:04:27 PM

Adults can be as smart of stupid as they like, but we are obligated to protect children.

3/11/2009 4:01:52 PM

People need to be respoonsible for their own actions. Strongly recommended is ok.

3/11/2009 3:54:21 PM

to prevent unecessary injuries that could occur

3/11/2009 3:51:04 PM

already have enough laws protecting us from ourselves. use common sense

3/11/2009 3:50:50 PM

to help with health care costs and you only have one head why chance it?

3/11/2009 3:47:46 PM

They can cause whiplash and every rider knows the risk associated with horses.

3/11/2009 3:39:55 PM

better be safe than sorry

3/11/2009 3:33:33 PM

if you trust your horse, there is no need to wear a helmet

3/11/2009 3:32:19 PM

TOO MUCH GOVERNMENT!!

3/11/2009 3:22:26 PM

YES! they are important and save lives!!

3/11/2009 3:11:11 PM

Free choice in a free country. I always wear a helmet.

3/11/2009 3:09:36 PM

Adults can crack their skull if they want to( I wear mine ALWAYS)

3/11/2009 3:06:28 PM

Accident prevention is a good practice.

3/11/2009 3:01:00 PM

They are required for most vehicles which react only to our input, horses are exposed to a lot more

3/11/2009 2:58:57 PM

It is the smartiest thing to wear Would like a chioce

3/11/2009 2:49:56 PM

Go to any trama unit and you will understand why the ans. is absolutely

3/11/2009 2:47:48 PM

it could make the difference between life and death

3/11/2009 2:41:17 PM

everyone needs saftey. What is your brain worth to you?

3/11/2009 2:35:02 PM

They are just as important as seat belts. You are not riding a bike,but an animal with its own mind

3/11/2009 2:31:33 PM

riding without a helmet is dangerous!

3/11/2009 2:13:05 PM

Attempts to make stupidity illegal usually fail

3/11/2009 2:08:28 PM

This should be a matter of choice for adults, and mandatory for children under 16

3/11/2009 1:56:23 PM

After anyone is 18, it should be personal choice.

3/11/2009 1:48:04 PM

becuase the government should not have the right to infringe on personal choice.

3/11/2009 1:44:12 PM

Laws don't make people compliant. Education is best!

3/11/2009 1:39:57 PM

i question who will enforce it & if that department has the ability to

3/11/2009 1:36:11 PM

You can not rely on people's commensense to safeguard themselves or their children.

3/11/2009 1:35:48 PM

I agree we should wear them but disagree the government tells me what to do. So No.

3/11/2009 1:25:16 PM

Riders should wear helmets, but we don't need the government enforcing this.

3/11/2009 1:18:34 PM

Head Injuries are costly to society

3/11/2009 12:59:00 PM

I get severe headaches wearing anything on my head so wearing a helmet is out of the question for me

3/11/2009 12:57:18 PM

Yes, it saves lives.

3/11/2009 12:44:33 PM

I am more concerned about the neck... NASA has many lightweight material protect the neck !

3/11/2009 12:42:03 PM

better to be safe than sorry later

3/11/2009 12:22:16 PM

We don't need more laws, we need more responsible parents and riders.

3/11/2009 12:19:44 PM

Riding is not a safe sport. There should be mandatory laws to help make it safer.

3/11/2009 12:08:53 PM

Ride without a helmet, accept any bad consequences - just waive your right to sue somebody

3/11/2009 12:08:03 PM

save lives

3/11/2009 12:02:21 PM

This is a PERSONAL choice for an adult to make - not the freaking government !

3/11/2009 11:59:40 AM

Adults should be able to make their own decisions.

3/11/2009 11:49:33 AM

I don't think we need any more laws! If you want a helmet wear one.

3/11/2009 11:46:25 AM

Because most people are too stupid to wear a helmet voluntarily.

3/11/2009 11:38:41 AM

Safety of riders, and to get rid of helmet "uncoolness"

3/11/2009 11:38:00 AM

i think it should be up to the individual rider.

3/11/2009 11:34:46 AM

i'm tired of everyone trying to save me from myself!!!!

3/11/2009 11:23:44 AM

Must we have laws for everything that COULD be hazardous? Freedom to choose.

3/11/2009 11:15:03 AM

society has to pay the price when you become a vegetable

3/11/2009 11:09:22 AM

We are not responsible for individual choices that involve personal safety

3/11/2009 11:08:27 AM

Yes, though it would be nearly impossible to enforce.

3/11/2009 10:54:11 AM

That would be going a little to far. Rider beware!

3/11/2009 10:41:41 AM

It should be MY choice, stupid or not

3/11/2009 10:37:32 AM

keep gov out of our choices

3/11/2009 10:32:34 AM

Adults can make their own choices, children should be able to grow up safely.

3/11/2009 10:25:55 AM

I am a nurse and have seen the result of even a small head injury!

3/11/2009 10:24:10 AM

impossible to enforce. Helmet Police ?

3/11/2009 10:12:44 AM

Everyone should wear a helmet, but a child should be protected by law.

3/11/2009 10:10:57 AM

Common sense should not become a law...who will enforce it? Crazy!

3/11/2009 10:05:53 AM

it should be the riders choice.

3/11/2009 10:05:32 AM

The more the government gets into our everyday lives, the more our freedom in America gets limited.

3/11/2009 9:56:52 AM

WE all have freedom of choice, but helmets should be mandatory if you are not on your own property.

3/11/2009 9:55:03 AM

plain and simple accidents happen

3/11/2009 9:54:08 AM

I always wear my helmet, I think people need to start thinking for themselves & be responsible.

3/11/2009 9:45:21 AM

If young riders learn the pluses to using helmets, they will continue as adults.

3/11/2009 9:43:44 AM

Helmets save lives. It's logical. Saved mine from serious injury four times.

3/11/2009 9:40:51 AM

Not a law but I won't ride without one and I wouldn't let children either.

3/11/2009 9:26:36 AM

Halmets with a secure chin srtap are the safest to wear to protect your head

3/11/2009 9:20:15 AM

we have enough government intervention in our lives already adults can decide for themselves

3/11/2009 9:17:15 AM

Severe head injury can be mitigated in accidents. Probably cannot mandate on private property.

3/11/2009 9:16:59 AM

Well, both on public land and for 18 & under. You can't make someone do something on their own land.

3/11/2009 9:05:12 AM

only for business to help protect the owner from lawsuits

3/11/2009 9:02:45 AM

too many laws on the books already.

3/11/2009 8:59:31 AM

who is going to police it? I wear a helmit but I believe it is a personal choice.

3/11/2009 8:59:14 AM

I have been riding for 45 years and have been dumped many times, but I never fell on my head yet.

3/11/2009 8:58:25 AM

Individual responsibilitiy. It is NOT the Government's job to protect us from ourselves!

3/11/2009 8:55:24 AM

horses are dangerous, so why arent western people required to wear them? kids cant always make call.

3/11/2009 8:53:43 AM

I believe that helmets shoud should be worn at all times riding, but it should be a choice.

3/11/2009 8:46:11 AM

here in canada they are required at all public stables and wavers must be signed

3/11/2009 8:45:06 AM

another expense for oour already overtaxed police force

3/11/2009 8:42:52 AM

THere are too many restrictions already in my life. I do not need another.

3/11/2009 8:23:38 AM

I say yes for kids and out at shows/public...you never know what is going to happen

3/11/2009 8:18:17 AM

Riders know the risks. It should be their decision.

3/11/2009 8:16:33 AM

just like riding motorcycles, why NOT prevent what head injuries you can? No one is immune to an ac

3/11/2009 8:00:05 AM

Very simple reason: safety

3/11/2009 7:53:00 AM

Never wore helmet to ride a horse!

3/11/2009 7:49:02 AM

I don't want someone telling me I have to wear a helmet, if I choose to or not, is my decision.

3/11/2009 7:48:34 AM

riding can be dangerous, why should everyone pay for the head injury when it can be prevented

3/11/2009 7:29:58 AM

If people choose not to wear helmets, it's natural selection (ex: motorcyclists not wearing one)

3/11/2009 7:19:46 AM

freedom of choice

3/11/2009 7:12:45 AM

I ALWAYS wear a riding helmet. I think that one saved my life in a fall many years ago.

3/11/2009 7:10:43 AM

I think people are fools who don't use a helmet-yet I don't think it should be law.

3/11/2009 7:07:56 AM

head injuries r very costly to the health care industry which can be minimized/prevented if u had 1

3/11/2009 7:05:35 AM

Everybody falls off, and helmets increase time of impact, lessening the force on the rider's head.

3/11/2009 6:38:22 AM

one cannot legislate common sense.

3/11/2009 6:13:55 AM

Freedom. Our lawmakers are city slickers, and don't know a dam thing about Horses, just kick-backs

3/11/2009 6:01:41 AM

Helmets are great - just don't want government telling me what to do.

3/11/2009 5:42:58 AM

I wear a helmet, but I think it's a personal decision and it would just be one more unenforced law

3/11/2009 5:31:01 AM

It's safer to ride with a helment than without a helment.

3/11/2009 3:59:53 AM

by all means! whenever on a horse...you only have 1 head/brain!

3/11/2009 1:56:28 AM

To save the lives of ALL riders-experienced or not!

3/11/2009 1:45:12 AM

preventable accidents which the taxpayer often has to bear the cost of could be avoided.

3/11/2009 1:27:26 AM

It's the person's RIGHT to decide!

3/11/2009 1:26:27 AM

preventable accidents which the taxpayer often has to bear the cost of could be avoided.

3/11/2009 1:24:36 AM

good idea but OH doesn't even have a helmet law for motorcycles. don't have staff to inforce either

3/11/2009 1:23:06 AM

Just shaking your head hard can lead to mild epilepsy, a fall does so much worse.

3/11/2009 1:15:24 AM

It is NOT the job of the govt to regulate private citizens. Parents should decide. My family wears.

3/11/2009 1:01:24 AM

Less government, more common sense. Weed out the stupid people from the gene pool.

3/11/2009 12:58:40 AM

Some activities, ok. General riding, no.

3/11/2009 12:46:33 AM

Not another d*** "law"! Leave me and my personal choices alone!!

3/11/2009 12:39:26 AM

Not another helmet law!

3/11/2009 12:34:52 AM

Helmets save lives.

3/11/2009 12:29:28 AM

If you think your hair is more important that your brains, you're probably right.

3/11/2009 12:21:28 AM

People shoulb be responsible for their own actions/choices.

3/11/2009 12:20:07 AM

Who would govern the law? I don't want our government up my butt all the time.

3/10/2009 11:55:14 PM

Adults should have the right to be stupid

3/10/2009 11:39:49 PM

The last thing we need is the nanny state controlling one more aspect of our lives.

3/10/2009 11:38:56 PM

I think the gov't already has enough say, waivers will release insurance co. and others from suits.

3/10/2009 11:34:06 PM

I believe everyone should wear one for safety but you can't force adults to wear one.

3/10/2009 11:20:31 PM

It affords protection and that is necessary

3/10/2009 11:20:03 PM

Yes, in public it should be a law. It is for the greater good.

3/10/2009 11:18:41 PM

Many riders do not carry health insurance. A helmet can prevent injury that taxpayers would have to

3/10/2009 11:16:09 PM

i feel that wearing helmets should be the persons choice.

3/10/2009 11:10:24 PM

My accident recovery took 8 yrs but my helmet saved my life.

3/10/2009 11:08:01 PM

Keep goverment out of it. Educate and make good choices.

3/10/2009 11:07:08 PM

Don'ttake away our right to choose. sometimes a helmet is not available

3/10/2009 11:06:31 PM

I use a helmet but it shouldn't be a law

3/10/2009 11:04:46 PM

should be riders choice

3/10/2009 11:02:51 PM

helmets have saved my daughter and me from more serious ijuries

3/10/2009 11:01:59 PM

It the responsible thing to do for our kids.

3/10/2009 10:59:43 PM

some things should be left to individual choice

3/10/2009 10:48:27 PM

keep the gov't out of it

3/10/2009 10:47:46 PM

No it's a right to be stupid-I just don't want to pay for others head injury hospital bills

3/10/2009 10:42:59 PM

The law of common sense should prevail that helmets are the smart way to ride.

3/10/2009 10:40:30 PM

Should be left to the rider's discretion. There are too many laws as is.

3/10/2009 10:39:53 PM

Educate riders on benefits;let them make the decision

3/10/2009 10:35:06 PM

I wear one 100% of the time - but I don't think the gov't should have a hand in this.

3/10/2009 10:33:19 PM

Riding helmets should be the choice of a horse rider and we don't need more legalities.

3/10/2009 10:30:15 PM

personal choice on a horse that you know particularly well.

3/10/2009 10:24:29 PM

in order to remove the public responsibility for the fools who don't wear them

3/10/2009 10:21:14 PM

18 and under definitely and for speed events

3/10/2009 10:20:58 PM

What will you do, arrest people?? This is stupid--people need to decide for themselves.

3/10/2009 10:17:26 PM

Safety First for everyone

3/10/2009 10:07:26 PM

I always wear a helmet and encourage adults to, but children MUST wear a helmet when they ride with

3/10/2009 10:06:00 PM

It should be a choise, but very advisable

3/10/2009 9:57:58 PM

freedom of choice, I live in Wyoming

3/10/2009 9:50:40 PM

I always wear a helmet, but this law would be hard to enforce

3/10/2009 9:44:13 PM

Absolutely should be required. Most legit sports require them, why are we any different?!

3/10/2009 9:43:53 PM

Let the adult make his own choice as he is supposed to be wiser than youth

3/10/2009 9:40:08 PM

Darwins Law: Eliminate the stupid ones so they can't keep breeding! :0)

3/10/2009 9:40:05 PM

I wear one, but I choose to. A horse = Freedom. No more government intervention!

3/10/2009 9:37:17 PM

Helmets only help in very minor accidents.

3/10/2009 9:35:35 PM

Life itself is risky. Where do you stop legislating safety? How about a kill switch?

3/10/2009 9:34:50 PM

It's a personal choice. Who's going to enforce it anyway?

3/10/2009 9:30:25 PM

How can you even begin to enforce a helmet law unless it's at a show?

3/10/2009 9:29:32 PM

We don't need any more "nanny" laws.

3/10/2009 9:28:38 PM

for safety reasons, yes, but I'm not sure who would implement the law.At our barn helmets are a must

3/10/2009 9:21:15 PM

You only have one brain...is it not worth protecting?

3/10/2009 9:16:58 PM

I am responsible for myself. I do not need the government to be big brother.

3/10/2009 9:12:09 PM

In Australia one has to wear a helmet due to the insurance laws, that means all forms of riding.

3/10/2009 9:10:11 PM

All of us with common sense should use them, but should not be a law

3/10/2009 9:05:56 PM

what do you think the western hat companies will have to say about taking this "chloice" away from u

3/10/2009 9:04:11 PM

Horse show organizations should regulate the use of helments

3/10/2009 9:01:08 PM

People should be able to make their own decisions.

3/10/2009 8:57:09 PM

in illinois there is no requirement for motorcyclist to wear a helment.

3/10/2009 8:34:44 PM

Until approved helmets have a release function I cannot endorse them.

3/10/2009 8:32:34 PM

People can have a choice BUT if they get injured, no insurance to pay their bills.

3/10/2009 8:30:01 PM

cost of head injuries is to high, and training youth to wear them should carry through to adults

3/10/2009 8:27:11 PM

i am a nurse I think everyone should tour a head trauma unit such a simple thing can prevent a tragi

3/10/2009 8:24:54 PM

Protect youth, let Darwin awards take care of adults

3/10/2009 8:23:46 PM

without one, I wouldnt be here to answer this question

3/10/2009 8:21:29 PM

I don't think seat belts should be required either, but I use them both.

3/10/2009 8:18:21 PM

It doesn't hurt anyone else if I break my skull. (I wear one)

3/10/2009 8:17:41 PM

And it really depends on the situation and the horse and rider.....

3/10/2009 8:17:20 PM

After destroying 3 helmets in falls, and still getting concussions, I realize their importance.

3/10/2009 8:16:52 PM

it's a very very good thing to wear a helmet but sometimes you want to feel the wind in your hair!

3/10/2009 8:11:00 PM

We have enough laws

3/10/2009 8:03:39 PM

I have seen what can happen with an excelent rider and safe horse, you never know. Why not?

3/10/2009 7:57:27 PM

Not a government issue, but an issue for owners of equine facilities to decide.

3/10/2009 7:56:16 PM

I think that the organizations that put on shows, races, etc should require helmets

3/10/2009 7:52:18 PM

*It should be left as a personal choice!! Gov't has too mcuh rein on our personal freedom as is!!*

3/10/2009 7:49:51 PM

If your an adult jumping on your 24yr old broke down horse for a walk a helmet really doesnt seem ne

3/10/2009 7:49:34 PM

it makes western riders look stupid when showing!!!

3/10/2009 7:43:19 PM

If someone doesn't value their own brain, it must not be any good.

3/10/2009 7:37:12 PM

Too many laws!

3/10/2009 7:36:21 PM

not by law by assocation rules

3/10/2009 7:35:31 PM

Why in the world do we need more laws to dictate how we raise our kids????

3/10/2009 7:30:41 PM

I've "bit the dust" MANY times, I can't imagine riding without a helmet-age 51

3/10/2009 7:29:40 PM

EDUCATE, don't mandate. Visited Black Hawk College 2 wks ago, not one student wearing a helmut.

3/10/2009 7:29:08 PM

Because many of the people that most need helmets are the last to wear them.

3/10/2009 7:23:34 PM

our rights are limited everyday, why would we want to add another restriction to our lives???

3/10/2009 7:22:13 PM

People have got to start taking responsibility for themselves and not depending upon legislation

3/10/2009 7:19:57 PM

laws cannot protect stupid people

3/10/2009 7:16:03 PM

when you get hurt it's usually not your head

3/10/2009 7:12:25 PM

Already too many laws. We're headed for a 'nanny state'.

3/10/2009 7:11:10 PM

I think shows should require them, but I wouldn't wantanother law saying so.

3/10/2009 7:08:59 PM

There is no real downside to wearing helmets and the risk of head injury without is not worth it.

3/10/2009 7:08:20 PM

I think stupid people should be allowed to die and get their genes out of the pool!

3/10/2009 7:07:52 PM

each individual has the right to choose

3/10/2009 7:07:43 PM

I'm living proof, helmets save lives.

3/10/2009 7:06:04 PM

theyre called accidents for a reason, no one plans on falling off

3/10/2009 7:05:25 PM

so they learn to learnthem and theolder riders have a choice.

3/10/2009 7:03:09 PM

They truly save lives; people need to be smart about wearing them.

3/10/2009 7:01:19 PM

decreases trauma

3/10/2009 7:00:03 PM

We are so overregulated now that the next steo will be banning riding " as too dangerous" Enough!

3/10/2009 6:54:53 PM

We need more common sense, not more laws

3/10/2009 6:50:07 PM

Wearing a helmet should be the rider's choice not the government's

3/10/2009 6:48:27 PM

#1: Too hard to enforce #2: It's not right; this is supposed to be a free country. GOSH.

3/10/2009 6:44:11 PM

We don't need more laws! we need to be responsible for our own choices!

3/10/2009 6:43:08 PM

the decision should be up to the rider whether or not they protect their head

3/10/2009 6:42:44 PM

Enough laws already

3/10/2009 6:41:49 PM

There are enough LAWS. People need to be responsible for their safety when riding.

3/10/2009 6:29:21 PM

Adults should make their own decisions and be responsible for the consequences, children need to be

3/10/2009 6:29:07 PM

Humans need help to protect themselves.

3/10/2009 6:28:59 PM

If it saves one person from a head injury it is worth it.

3/10/2009 6:28:52 PM

clud and organizations should regulate

3/10/2009 6:25:49 PM

Like seat belts helmets save lives.

3/10/2009 6:22:24 PM

no riding, ever, without one

3/10/2009 6:18:31 PM

People are intelligent to choose for themselves. The government doesn't have to control everything!

3/10/2009 6:14:18 PM

in the UK it is law to wear one

3/10/2009 6:12:35 PM

It should be the riders choice as to whether they wear a helmet or not.

3/10/2009 6:08:40 PM

horses are dangerous and children aren't mature enough or educated enough in most cases to save them

3/10/2009 6:07:53 PM

I always wear a helmet but you can't regulate against stupidity

3/10/2009 6:06:15 PM

Personal safety is optional. If a person is too stupid to wear a helmet, let him/her take the risk.

3/10/2009 6:05:09 PM

Helmets save lives, if you doubt the need, go visit a long term care facility for the brain injured

3/10/2009 6:03:23 PM

once brain damaged you stay that way.

3/10/2009 6:03:08 PM

People need to make decisions for themselves. The government & the lawyers need to stop controling

3/10/2009 6:01:41 PM

just like seatbelts... more government control!!!!!

3/10/2009 5:57:06 PM

Well, what ever happened to freedom to chose? What will they have us doing next, wearing them 24/7.

3/10/2009 5:56:42 PM

kids should wear them, but it should be up to responsible parents to mandate this!!

3/10/2009 5:52:24 PM

freedom of choice

3/10/2009 5:46:41 PM

It is up to each person on how they choise to ride and be safe.

3/10/2009 5:45:08 PM

I think helmets are great for all the obvious reasons--but they're not an alternative to safe handli

3/10/2009 5:43:11 PM

Why not? We all pay for other's preventable accidents.

3/10/2009 5:39:35 PM

It's our choice to wear one or not, no the lawmakers.

3/10/2009 5:37:31 PM

I have seen to many acidents in the last 35 years that we are in this business

3/10/2009 5:27:59 PM

For youth and while on public land and on roads

3/10/2009 5:22:47 PM

I've seen too many traumatic brain injuries without them. Helps reduce the cost of health care.

3/10/2009 5:20:43 PM

Should not be required by law, but common sense says, "Wear one."

3/10/2009 5:20:30 PM

Its supposed to be America

3/10/2009 5:19:30 PM

it should be personal choice. people aren't stupid and know the dangers

3/10/2009 5:14:37 PM

You cannot legislate safety and is an individuals choice

3/10/2009 5:11:37 PM

THe govt should NOT be in the job of legislating / regulating common sense.

3/10/2009 5:06:53 PM

People have been riding safely for thousands of years without helmets. Good rider = Safe rider

3/10/2009 5:06:50 PM

ABSOLUTELY NOT. I ALWAYS wear my helmet, and so do my friends. We have too many laws now!

3/10/2009 5:06:24 PM

safety

3/10/2009 5:03:50 PM

If someone is comfortable riding w/o a helmet, that should be their right.

3/10/2009 5:01:43 PM

How ridiculous! Who would arrest the helmetless riders?

3/10/2009 5:01:39 PM

whatever it takes, to protect riders

3/10/2009 4:59:54 PM

It should be an individual's personal decision.

3/10/2009 4:55:02 PM

Any added government control over our lives ALWAYS turns out badly for the public.

3/10/2009 4:52:09 PM

Yes for youth however, only an idiot rides without a helmet.Brain injuries are not fun.

3/10/2009 4:52:03 PM

head injuries cost EVERYONE! Take precautions!

3/10/2009 4:51:03 PM

to many laws now!

3/10/2009 4:51:03 PM

This is another case of a person's rights; he or she should decide to wear a helmet or not.

3/10/2009 4:51:02 PM

A helmet should be a choice for adults, but not for children. Helmets are like carseats - necessary.

3/10/2009 4:50:09 PM

Because a person is stupid for taking the risk of head injuries if they choose not to wear one.

3/10/2009 4:50:01 PM

I think it should be by choice.

3/10/2009 4:37:56 PM

Absolutely positively "no" under "no" circumstances should they be required by law.

3/10/2009 4:37:50 PM

Just another slap against personal freedoms.

3/10/2009 4:32:52 PM

until people realize it's the safe thing to do

3/10/2009 4:32:21 PM

Government already enough say in our lives, people who are going to wear them will even w/o laws

3/10/2009 4:31:29 PM

Have worked ER too long - head protection critical need!

3/10/2009 4:29:57 PM

Like seatbelts, helmets save lives, even those who refuse to recognize it

3/10/2009 4:28:55 PM

It should be up to the individual.

3/10/2009 4:26:08 PM

Life or death!!!

3/10/2009 4:24:40 PM

No Brainer. Protects head.

3/10/2009 4:24:34 PM

It's a personal choice

3/10/2009 4:24:21 PM

I always wear a helmet when I ride, but I feel it is up to each person individually.

3/10/2009 4:23:59 PM

I don't need a gov. or law to make every choice or decision for me. I have nothing against helmets

3/10/2009 4:23:36 PM

We have enough govmnt control now. Helmets are not for everyone, and should be left to individual.

3/10/2009 4:22:59 PM

think it should be required for all youth AND for ANYONE showing or competing.

3/10/2009 4:21:29 PM

It needs to be a rule for horse organizations not the government. I and my children wear helmets.

3/10/2009 4:21:25 PM

it's a choice issue, I wear one, if I had kids now they would wear one too or not ride IMO

3/10/2009 4:21:06 PM

Adults must be responsible and decide for themselves.

3/10/2009 4:20:37 PM

Can save a riders life!

3/10/2009 4:19:46 PM

Once a child has reached adult age, he can be responsible for decisions he makes.

3/10/2009 4:17:22 PM

Dumb ones won't wear them and will disappear from the sport.

3/10/2009 4:16:22 PM

Even though they save lives, there will always be older horsepeople that won't wear them

3/10/2009 4:16:02 PM

There is already too much government intrusion in our lives!

3/10/2009 4:15:24 PM

We don't need any more "nanny" laws trying to protect against every possible contingency!

3/10/2009 4:15:07 PM

tough question...shouldnt have to legislate intelligence/good sense

3/10/2009 4:14:50 PM

I always wear a helmet, but I think it should be a personal choice.

3/10/2009 4:12:22 PM

Because I know what a brain injury feels like -- and everyone pays when people opt to get hurt

3/10/2009 4:11:56 PM

FREE WILL, isn't there enough govt. telling us what to do? UNBELIEVABLE!

3/10/2009 4:10:23 PM

I don't care how safe you think your horse is - horses are unpredictable

3/10/2009 4:09:22 PM

I had a very severe accident and doctors told me I would have been dead if not for my helmet.

3/10/2009 4:09:05 PM

people need to use their own good sense

3/10/2009 4:06:43 PM

I use a helmet but don't think they should be required by law.

3/10/2009 4:05:10 PM

It is not possible to legislate every dangerous thing people do. Let's have some freedom of choice.

3/10/2009 4:04:19 PM

personal choice for adults

3/10/2009 4:03:57 PM

Helmets SHOULD be worn by ALL for safety just as seat belts are in vehicles but not mandated by law.

3/10/2009 4:03:41 PM

it hasn't been successful with motorcycles - just another controlling law - riders should some sense

3/10/2009 3:59:39 PM

We don't need any more gov't

3/10/2009 3:57:40 PM

Adults can make their own decisions

3/10/2009 3:55:40 PM

Or give me a hold harmless from having to pay their medical bills.

3/10/2009 3:55:18 PM

Riding helmets are like seatbelts....they save lives.

3/10/2009 3:54:29 PM

For youth yes, but for an adult who should know better no.

3/10/2009 3:52:33 PM

Government is already too controlling of people. It should be a personal decision.

3/10/2009 3:51:52 PM

makes good safety sense, like seat belts

3/10/2009 3:50:14 PM

Adults can assume their own risk but kids should be required to have helmets.

3/10/2009 3:48:56 PM

Too much regulation

3/10/2009 3:47:19 PM

there are enough laws. I ware a helmet, but that should be a choice

3/10/2009 3:46:55 PM

It is a personal freedom issue. We engage in certain behaviors and accept the risk.

3/10/2009 3:46:47 PM

it's called - freedom of choice

3/10/2009 3:45:25 PM

head injuries can be devastating financially for the injured person and their family

3/10/2009 3:42:49 PM

I don't need a gov't agency telling me what safety precautions I have to take.

3/10/2009 3:42:30 PM

LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY. YOU SHOULD BE IN CHARGE OF YOUR OWN LIFE AND TAKE CHARG

3/10/2009 3:41:51 PM

It is up to the parents and legal adults whether or not they wear a helmet. I only wear at shows.

3/10/2009 3:41:00 PM

It should be the individuals choice,but I do like to see small children wearing one.

3/10/2009 3:39:53 PM

Absolutely. Just like seatbelts.

3/10/2009 3:39:11 PM

to prevent head injuries, no discussion!

3/10/2009 3:38:54 PM

Safety reason, blows to the head and concusions

3/10/2009 3:38:42 PM

We cannot legislate common sense. I beleive in helmets & vests but can't make others.

3/10/2009 3:37:53 PM

Helmets aren't the only consideration for safe riding.

3/10/2009 3:37:07 PM

perhaps on public land/roadways

3/10/2009 3:36:20 PM

how to enforce it and be fair to all?

3/10/2009 3:36:20 PM

Should be up to the person, but do recommend safety....like motorcylces and bicycles

3/10/2009 3:35:51 PM

Should be a personal choice, enough govt. already.

3/10/2009 3:35:20 PM

It is a good idea for everyone but we don't need another law!

3/10/2009 3:34:58 PM

it's the riders choice.

3/10/2009 3:34:27 PM

Youth should be protected at all times!

3/10/2009 3:34:27 PM

I think that should be the rider's choosing to wear a helmet or not

3/10/2009 3:34:25 PM

It could save your life

3/10/2009 3:34:09 PM

They are brain boxes for a reason

3/10/2009 3:34:08 PM

the goverment is never the soltion its the problem

3/10/2009 3:33:58 PM

People should be responsible, but not at the expense of government intrusion.

3/10/2009 3:33:42 PM

At least for Kids I know the consequence of riding w/out a helmet, I had to learn to walk again

3/10/2009 3:33:13 PM

Absolutely YES! We can't fix injured brains...

3/10/2009 3:31:39 PM

seat belts are required by law but in many states no helmet is required for motorcycle use. logical?

3/10/2009 3:29:25 PM

Not everyone understands how devastating ($$ and life) head injuries can be

3/10/2009 3:29:22 PM

We already have too much government involvement in everything. I wear a helmet but don't want a law

3/10/2009 3:27:11 PM

the government should not be involved in a daily individual decision as to whether or not to wear a

3/10/2009 3:24:45 PM

everyone pays when someone gets injured and seeks healthcare

3/10/2009 3:24:05 PM

It is ridiculous. Enforcing that law would be impossible too.

3/10/2009 3:22:49 PM

Let the insurance industry police this. Use your head, pay higher premiums or not, wear it or not.

3/10/2009 3:22:18 PM

Education is the key, but we don't need more "nanny-state" legislation

3/10/2009 3:21:54 PM

I believe the morcycle helmet laws should be applied to riding horses; just a different type of HP

3/10/2009 3:21:34 PM

Individual responsibility, NOT big brother!

3/10/2009 3:20:02 PM

Freedom of Choice! NH owner/rider

3/10/2009 3:20:01 PM

I am 55 and always wear a helmet when on my horse, no matter what!

3/10/2009 3:19:58 PM

Freedom of CHOICE

3/10/2009 3:18:56 PM

not all situations are alike. Not all situations require helmets. The exception is children.

3/10/2009 3:18:32 PM

I wear one. I think everyone should, especially children. But the government shouldn't dictate

3/10/2009 3:15:36 PM

Only minors, as an adult, it should be my right to be ignorant if I so choose

3/10/2009 3:13:47 PM

Converting riders to helmet users is nearly impossible; but public lands would cover most of it

3/10/2009 3:12:43 PM

I always wear one, hesitate to legislate long-time riders. Best 2 teach kids 2 make th right choices

3/10/2009 3:12:38 PM

I believe that it is the choice of the rider whether to wear a helmet or not.

3/10/2009 3:12:25 PM

I ALWAYS wear a helmet, but have reservations about making it a "law" for everyone

3/10/2009 3:12:10 PM

If dummies over 18 do not want to protect their head, that is their problem.

3/10/2009 3:11:09 PM

personal choice, parents should protect children, too much gov't regulation already

3/10/2009 3:10:34 PM

We are the land of the free. Don't take away another freedom. from one who does wear a helmet

3/10/2009 3:09:49 PM

Having had a serious head injury from a fall from a horse, I wish I'd had on a helmet.

3/10/2009 3:09:42 PM

Safety for everyone

3/10/2009 3:09:01 PM

You can't regulate people making dumb choices if they're old enough to make "sound" decisions.

3/10/2009 3:09:01 PM

In working horse situations rider heat exhaustion far more dangerous (farm, ranch)

3/10/2009 3:08:49 PM

youth are dependent on their parents to keep them safe. Parents don't alway know the risk involved.

3/10/2009 3:08:33 PM

But then anybody who is so dense they refuse to wear one is already braindead!!!

3/10/2009 3:08:24 PM

If you think its a good idea, do it, but don't force me to. No Big Brother

3/10/2009 3:08:11 PM

should be always required. Helmets these days are so light weight and easy to wear and and why not

3/10/2009 3:08:06 PM

After almost 40 years, I just can't get used to a helmet

3/10/2009 3:07:07 PM

Should not be a law for adults, but all adults should volunarily wear them if they're smart.

3/10/2009 3:06:12 PM

What we need is fewer regulations and more personal resposibility and common sense.

3/10/2009 3:04:25 PM

Catastrophic head injury costs huge sums of money and can be averted or minimalized with helmets

3/10/2009 3:02:41 PM

For kids only. With adults, you can't govern common sense.

3/10/2009 3:02:34 PM

For youth anywhere, on public land, and while showing.

3/10/2009 3:02:21 PM

I'm tired of government running my life

3/10/2009 3:02:05 PM

Same as with motorcycle riders - personal choice. I wear one all the time when around horses.

3/10/2009 3:00:30 PM

Who is going to enforce this law? Or pay for enforcement? You can't create laws to regulate everythi

3/10/2009 3:00:27 PM

I feel they give a false sence of security and have seen riders injured even while wearing helmets.

3/10/2009 2:58:45 PM

It's everybody's choice if they want to break their heads.

3/10/2009 2:56:47 PM

probably should be, but I don't like them

3/10/2009 2:56:02 PM

It's between you and your horse and the ground.

3/10/2009 2:54:33 PM

comparable to bicycle helemt laws, riding not as common as driving (seat belt law comparison)

3/10/2009 2:52:50 PM

No and no one else is responsible if you are injured.

3/10/2009 2:52:45 PM

Safety and expense of care for those to stupid to take care of themselves

3/10/2009 2:52:30 PM

Riding is dangerous and falls an inevitability. Protection/safety should outweigh inconvenience.

3/10/2009 2:51:44 PM

We have too many unenforced laws now...you can't mandate common sense!

3/10/2009 2:51:42 PM

if it's not law - helmets will be forgotten - one saved my daughter's life!!

3/10/2009 2:50:51 PM

The government has more then enough control of thier lives. Helmets are a personal choice

3/10/2009 2:50:31 PM

You'd have to wear full body protection to ensure no injury

3/10/2009 2:50:23 PM

I ALWAYS wear a helmet when I ride, but am opposed to this form of enforcement.

3/10/2009 2:50:13 PM

too dificult to enforce, infringement on personal rights

3/10/2009 2:49:01 PM

what,s the difference motorcycle riders dont have to an adult should be able to decide for themselve

3/10/2009 2:48:44 PM

Too many brain & spinal cord injuries have resulted with no helmet use

3/10/2009 2:43:05 PM

Ultimately the community pays for the life long disabilities due to accidents. Let's do what we can

3/10/2009 2:41:31 PM

we have too many laws now; people should be responsible for themselves

3/10/2009 2:40:58 PM

While I am a very strong proponent of helmet use, I do not favor it being required by law. The most

3/10/2009 2:39:55 PM

Youth - Mandatory. Adults - sign liability waiver if not riding on their own property or own horse.

3/10/2009 2:38:14 PM

Today's helmets are designed to be cool and light. They prevent death and or permanent disability

3/10/2009 2:37:41 PM

Everyone should be allowed to make their own choices - tired of rules/laws that infringe on my life.

3/10/2009 2:36:41 PM

People have to be responsible for their own decisions or they are no longer adults.

3/10/2009 2:36:22 PM

A person should be able to make that decision/choice.

3/10/2009 2:35:01 PM

You only have one brain

3/10/2009 2:29:39 PM

Head Injuries are not fair to the surviors of the person who had the accident.

3/10/2009 2:28:47 PM

there really is no evidence to show that helmets make that much difference

3/10/2009 2:24:45 PM

I never ride without one, but respect others' right to choose. Even tho it's stupid not to wear one

3/10/2009 2:24:04 PM

Youth -- yes, they don't know enough to make a good decision. Adults--NO. That's a personal freedom.

3/10/2009 2:22:50 PM

Encouraged-not required by law.

3/10/2009 2:07:27 PM

No more govt. regulation, but helmets should be required while showing.

3/10/2009 2:04:39 PM

Seat belts are, why not helmets?

3/10/2009 1:53:46 PM

safty first no matter what the age

3/10/2009 1:34:34 PM

Safety first. If your horse spooks, if you fall, it could safe your life.

3/10/2009 1:27:15 PM

Darwin's Theory

3/10/2009 12:35:22 PM

Horses = risk of injury or death. Ins. Co's. would like this law, write a ryder.

3/10/2009 12:15:33 PM

No matter what you are doing/where you are there is always a chance of injury

3/10/2009 12:09:10 PM

Poorly worded question...does it mean at all times, even on private property? No way!

3/10/2009 11:33:00 AM

It is a personal decision.

3/10/2009 10:54:15 AM

Who will enforce it?

3/10/2009 10:37:55 AM

Why does the government need to tell us what to do all the time?

3/10/2009 9:54:00 AM

My child would be dead if not for a helmet!

3/10/2009 9:03:23 AM

Head trauma is the number one killer of people.

3/10/2009 8:50:01 AM

You family will be the ones nursing you when a head injury makes you a vegetable.. think of them!

3/10/2009 8:45:01 AM

All SHOULD wear one, but no more gov. interference

3/10/2009 8:22:50 AM