Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
^^ There are a number of threads on the subject, and many condemn those who do not wear helmets & support laws requiring anyone under 18 to wear a helmet anytime they are on a horse.
"adults choose to endanger their kids by not making them wear a helmet"
"under 18's IMHO it should be mandatory to wear a helmet at all times while mounted, no exceptions"
"it'd be a little weird to see someone without a helmet...I think she's crazy"
"not wearing a helmet is one of the silliest things you can do"
"I think not wearing a helmet is pretty stupid"
"It may not be an ego thing for you, but I think it is for a lot of people."
"I HATE when people say 'its my head, I can do what I want.' that is very selfish and immature IMHO."
"I admit I dont always wear a body protector and in all honesty that's just me being ignorant! But I would NEVER ride without a hat! Ever! And people that do ride without one its your choice, ride at your own risk, but its pure ignorance!!"
"Again ALL kids should wear helmets!!!!!!"
"I agree; children under a certain age should be required to wear helmets, regardless of the discipline."
"I believe that helmets and children shouldn't even be a conversation. It should be required whether they are show jumping, running barrels or doing walk trot pleasure."
"I firmly belive that helmets should become mandatory, if everyone is required to wear one then the image of the helmet will change and it will cease being "cool" not to wear one."
"The sorrow and guilt this family is going to endure is traumatizing."
"Why not make children wear helmets? We make children wear helmets while riding bikes"
"Good hair: no helmet. Not so good hair: helmet. Just got a cool new hat?": no helmet...This seems a strange twist on Darwinism: the steady weeding out of the cool and well-coifed and the preservation of split ends and a lack of fashion sense. (Perhaps the Bill Gates gene has something to do with all this...)"
Those are comments made in the last couple of weeks.
I require my daughter to wear a helmet. If someone wants to ride my horse or on my property, they will wear a helmet. But I continue to find it odd that people strongly support allowing kids to jump, but want to ban kids from wearing a cowboy hat - when jumping is much higher risk.
Happily, I'm no longer a teen and I don't have to deal with the social nonsense that goes on in high schools and, apparently, 'barns'. I would be furious if someone gave my daughter flack for wearing a helmet. But I also resent people saying it is ignorant to wear a ball cap riding western, and I'm tired of nanny-state laws like mandatory bicycle helmets.