You are totally right, it is dangerous and anything could happen at anytime... heck, I could fall over my own feet and brake my skull! (yea, that would be typical me!! :roll: )
I agree, I'd put a helmet on a my child's head as well (if I had any
When I started riding, in 1982 or 83, the helmets had only an elastic band under the chin and it was only mandatory at show jumping events. We never trained the horses with helmets on neither did we ride on trails with helmets. Safety vests were not even available back then.
So, I basicly grew up just beeing careful, knowing what I was doing and luckily I never had a bad experience.
The only time I fell off and got hurt, was a fall on my shoulder (hair line fracture on the neck) and a helmet woudn't have helped then either.
It's like riding a bike, back when I was a kid, we didn't even have any helmets nor did we have seat belts in the cars...
I do understand you see a lot of accidents beenig a nurse and I understand your concerns!
And something else: I belive it's more dangerous to trail ride then jump. On the trail you're most of the times not focused and not ready when your horse shy's or jumps sideways. At least when training a horse, you're focused on it!