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jumper2
Huron, OH
(Zone 5b)

August 18, 2009
12:56 AM

Post #6958820

I know this is a serious subject, but I feel this needs to be passed on. 4-H in Ohio added a new rule this year. Helmets must be worn while riding or driving by members 19 and younger at any 4-H event or activity.
Our county read this to mean the county fair as well. We are very glad we did. A 15 yr. old member is alive now because of this. Her horse bolted during a funshow at the fair on Fri. She landed head first into a gater, the helmet saved her life. We saw the helmet yesterday. It was badly cracked and the inside is fine. She is in the hospital with neck and back injuries, but is talking and texting her friends. The family and the kid hated the rule, but followed it anyway. They now support it . Her aunt says she won't ride without one now.
The kid is in my 4-H club, and the doctors are allowing the kids to see her later this week. It was scary to watch unfold.
We are now are working on fundraisers for the family.
I felt the need to pass this along, thanks for listening.

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