Mildot, what you're missing is that the OP is riding endurance..Not dressage, jumping, or any of the others you've listed. There are different rules for different situations and shows.
Around here all of the English disciplines require a helmet while western does not, trail does not, and endurance does not (that I know of).. NBHA shows don't require a helmet at all. Other state wide "associations" that show all disciplines don't require a helmet unless it's dressage, jumping, or English equitation stuff..All Western disciplines don't require a helmet and there is only an age requirement of 12 years old to wear a helmet..
I personally don't wear a helmet and never will..If it's required at a show, I simply won't give them my hard earned money as an entry fee.. I had a friend DIE because she had on her helmet riding English Pleasure..her horse spooked, she fell off, the helmet hit her in the back of her neck and killed her instantly..So much for safety..And before you say "the helmet didn't fit", I assure you, it did. This girl was serious about showing and nothing less than winning was tolerated from her trainer and parents.
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Last edited by DrumRunner; 05-04-2012 at 10:21 PM.