Originally Posted by prairiewindlady
Helmets are great but don't be deceived and think that just because you wear one that you will never get hurt. They do not prevent neck or spinal injuries. Just sayin'.
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You are correct, they do not prevent all injuries. However, I believe I've read somewhere that most serious horse-related injuries usually involve the head, and most could have been prevented with a helmet. Plus, the brain is hands down the most important organ to support and the one most likely to lead to death or major life alteration if injured.
Moreover, helmets don't just prevent head injuries. That little extra bulk behind your head can also protect your neck and spine in some instances. For example, I've had minor falls where I hit the ground on my butt/back, and my head snapped back to the ground. Because I was wearing my helmet, I managed to avoid whiplash as well as dirty hair lol.
In another, less humorous, case, a woman I know fell off on a ride and had the same thing happen, but had her neck snapped back, the vertebrae would have hit a sharp rock and she would likely have been paralyzed from the neck down. I realize that was likely a rare case as far as that exact thing happening, but it does support the fact that helmets can reduce/eliminate the movement and impact of the neck in many cases.