Round here its pratically unheard of for someone not
to wear a helmet. I always wear one when I'm going out on the road because the drivers can be complete nobs round here regarding horses :/ And I ahve a very visible bright pink cover with a yellow strip round it
In the field I generally go by the rule of, if I need a saddle for what I'm doing I need a helmet. Bareback- I think I've only worn a helmet once bareback, and that was mainly to keep the sun out my eyes haha
I don't see the point of having the option of wearing a helmet and not wearing it if you know your going to be doing something with extra risk factors- lorries, sooky horses on the side of the road etc, or if you are doing something wich requires better stickability- jumping or whatever.
Want a story regarding helmets..? Ok heres 2:
1) I was riding a grumpy gelding, Mini, at a riding school doing a jumping round. There was a grid on a diagonal which mini just would not go through. Fell off first right in front of the first part of it. Got back on, eventually got him through it and at the end he suddenly swerved the opposite way to what logic would dictate. I came off real hard and smacked my head. Tried to get beck on. Couldn't walk straight to horse. Still can't properly remebmer what exactly happened. If I hadn't had my helmet on, I may well have had a much more serious concussion
2) Someone else at the riding school, a livery, had a dissagreement with her horse and came off, hitting her head on the side of the school. The air ambulance came (much to my instructors distress!! Scared horses and small kids!) and took her away. If she hadn't worn a helmet, she may well have cracked her skull on the wall.