My mom used to never make me ride with a helmet. She wasn't taught the importance of a helmet, so she found no need for me to wear one. Then, I got my first horse. He was a 14.3 arabian, cute as can be. I would not get on that horse without a helmet. I didn't feel safe without one. So that's how I started wearing a helmet. I'm so lucky that I was never injured when I didn't wear a helmet, but, looking back at it, I could have died in some freak accident.
Now, I have a 17hh thoroughbred that I am AFRAID to ride without a helmet. It's not that I don't trust him, I totally do, but that is a long fall! It's not worth the risk. I had an arguement with my friend about helmets the other day. She was talking about a video that we had to watch at the beginning of our 4-H year about helmet safety. She said that a girl died because she went on a trail ride with her predictable horse without a helmet, and there was a freak accident.
I then pointed out to her, "don't you do that all the time?" She responded by saying, "Yeah, but I have Thunder," (her horse) "he's not going to do anything."
WHAT???? The girl who died didn't think that her horse was going to do anything either! The thing is, you don't know what's going to happen. Something could pop out of nowhere and spook your horse. You could fly off and hit your head on a rail. YOU DON'T KNOW. Why risk it when you could put a $40 piece of equipment on your head and keep living? YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN, SO WHY RISK IT?