A helmet only makes you safe if:
1 - you or the horse fall
2 - you hit your head
3 - you are one of the lucky 50% of people who's injuries are REDUCED by the helmet.
If the FEI or any NF wants to make Dressage safer, they should be mandating footing, conditions and surroundings where Dressage competitions take place to reduce the risk of falls. A helmet is as much of a fashion item as a top hat, unless there is a high chance of falling.
If you do the math from the stats in that article, assume 10% of the German population are involved in "non-jumping" horse sport and 30% of reported head injuries are from those activities with a 50% chance of a helmet reducing those injuries... you have the same chance of DYING in a motor vehicle accident as you do sustaining injury on your nogin from falling off a horse...
Do I think helmets should he mandated in competition? Nope. Do I think more people should wear them? Yup. Most injuries however will happen at home where the FEI or any NF can't tell you what to do.
I don't think mandating helmets in competition is doing anything to make sport safer, nor do I think it will decrease the head injury stats...
Plus helmets and tails together makes even Isabelle look like a 13 year old derby classic hunter kid, blech.
I have a cream coloured Kep so no hating on non black helmets!! :P
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