Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
^^^ Helmets have tons of supporters. Those who choose to refuse can expect (from what I've seen on this forum) to be called stupid, selfish, criminal, guilty, etc.
And the truth, from what I've seen - which is pretty limited, I admit - real cowboys do NOT wear helmets. At least, the score is 0% in my experience.
Does that mean someone should NOT wear a helmet? Nope. The last cowboy I saw was a month ago, while I was out jogging. He was a Mexican, and I don't know Spanish, so we did a bit of sign language (he was looking for cattle) and went on our separate ways...me on foot, him on horseback with a straw hat. And no, there is no way I would ever consider riding in that country without a helmet! Shoot, I've broken a toe and had some impressive bruises just JOGGING on those trails.
Most of the helmet debate is based on anecdotal evidence, so making an informed decision can be a challenge. Riding horses is a risk in and of itself, and each person needs to decide for themselves what level of risk they choose to take.