And we have the start of another helmet debate ;)
Haha that's what I was thinking... I subbed before there was a reply lol.
I used to only wear a helmet once and awhile. If I was riding western I never wore one, if I was doing a flat school I wouldn't wear one and sometimes if I was just playing around bareback in the field I wouldn't wear one.
One day I was working with a green horse and he bucked me off and kicked me in the head. If I didn't have my helmet on I would have been dead. My helmet pretty much shattered like a piece of glass.
I had another fall where my horse decided I should jump for her and I went over her head, over the jump and on my head. Again thank goodness for my helmet. It was cracked.
There was also a fall off an old faithful school master who never spooked. Ice slid off the arena roof and crashed down and he went one way, I went the other not even expecting it. I hit the arena wall.
I wear a helmet pretty much all the time now, I do have times where I forget it and usually will dismount to go grab it but sometimes I don't. I know the risks of not wearing one. I never ride without a helmet on my mare now though as she tends to be unpredictable.
A lot of places require you wear a helmet at all times, and my facility will be the same way when I get it started. Most places its for insurance reasons.
However if I am out riding with friends and they don't wear one I will make a joking like comment then leave it. I can't force them to wear one and its their right and their choice to not wear one.