04-09-2010, 11:49 AM
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When I was younger I thought I was indestructible, too.
A couple of bad falls and a few nasty concussions later, I figured out that wearing a helmet is a smart thing to do.
I'm a helmet Nazi when it comes to myself. Every ride, every time. No excuses!
Boarding stables and other riding venues are required by their insurance carriers to require helmets on all riders under the age of 16. My trainer goes further, and says on her property it's 18 and under.
If you don't want to wear a helmet, that's your business. I think it's foolish and asking for trouble, but I'm not going to hound people about it. Unless you're under the age of majority, and then I'm going to ask your parents why they don't love you enough to make sure your brain is protected.