Wearing a helmet or not is my personal choice. I will not wear one I do not have to it is that simple.
For the record I don't wear any hats. I find them all uncomfortable.
I do not think that wearing a helmet is a controversial subject and only seems to be for those that insist e veryone wear one.
Lecturing someone about not wearing a helmet is a ridiculous waste of time.
I am thankful for the post that suggested a helmet that was comfortable.
As for the liability issue the chance of being sued successfully is slim to none.
The lawyer that handles this estate and the insurance agent are very certain that not only I but any horse owner in Texas is safe except in cases of extreme negligence.
Wearing a helmet or not has no bearing on matters of extreme negligence.
Therefore liabilty insurance at events or arenas would not be raised for not making helmets mandatory.
I asked the question to learn as much as I could about endurance racing and while reading the rules found nothing about helmets. Shalom
I had a wonderful post for this and suddenly - computer snafu!
I will try again...
I am not an official with AERC, but I did search the website, the only rule on helmets is they are required for juniors.
So that is the answer to your question.
I will add that I thought of this thread as I was riding my Rocky with my teenage girls. It is the first time in a very long time that I have given a second thought to wearing a helmet. I just put it on, just like my boots & gloves, just another piece of equipment I wear when I ride.
Some people ride in shorts and flip-flops. It sure seams strange to me, but I try not to judge. I don't think it is my place to do so. "Do not judge" is what I was brought up to believe.
The other thing I was brought up to believe, is not to ask anyone else to do something you are not willing to do. Another way, leading by example.
How could I expect my kids to wear something I won't? They used to fuss and complain at the begining when I bought them horses, but not anymore. They just put them on too. We do it right after putting on the saddle and before the bridle.
In the beastly humidity here, we finish riding covered with sweat, but no sun-burnt faces, there are always compromises in life!