I once got on my horse with out a helmet, and I was cantering around with the wind in my hair; I actually felt safe, that was until my horse spooked because of a loud bang, and started shying and I couldn't stop him - luckily I was in the arena and when he stopped with out me getting hurt.
The land owner [who is good friend's with my mum] came out, told me to get off my horse - unsaddled my horse, gave me a lecture and said very blunty that if I wanted to ride with out a helmet - don't bother coming back.
I probably 9-10 at the time, and didn't know that he couldn't take the horse away from me. XD
I'm actually very good friends with him years later, and I always remember to wear my helmet. ;P
You want riders to ditch their stirrups, but wear a helmet to protect them when they fall. Carried to its logical conclusion, new riders should wear suits of armor and ride bareback...
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I personally don't give a care in the world what people choose to wear that is their decision... but I personally refuse a helmet, and have for the last thirteen years of my riding/instructing/trailing/occasional jumping for fun.
I have one opinion about helmets, that is too many people use them as a safety blanket.
If you can't ride to save your life then wearing a helmet isn't going to help the other 80% of your body when you eat dirt. Also if you ride correctly, at least this is the case for western riders, you shouldn't ever fall off head first. Unless by some crazy random freak accident. As a former instructor I have seen a lot of falls but no one I have ever seen, has actually damaged their head.
I feel like if helmets are so important to our well being on a horse, then by golly we must wear them everywhere just to be sure we won't be caught off guard.
With me its kinda "think what im doing and who im doing it on" then ill decide if im putting it on.
I was only going to walk on my colt a few months back he spooked when I was unhooking my rein (so I had reins loos at a standing stop and one hand off them unhooking the rein from under the edge of the saddle) the colt flew left I went right and over his shoulder landing on the back of my head almost on a sharp rock, no helmet and I got a **** good concussion out of it. Now im in riding the colt helmet goes on he's not broken so its all still touch and go.
But only wore a helmet previously when I was jumping. My tb x standardbred flew from a gallop to a stop I went over and almost broke my neck landing ON my head. Helmet was replaced asap lol. But with taj I only wore it when jumping and never once needed it for anything else never in the 5 yrs I had taj did I come off him but I've almost broken my neck 3 times now, has it crossed my mind maybe its a sport/ hobby I should retire from? No way no how. Its all part of it and it all comes down to the riders decision.
Nothing like beating a dead horse! It's wise for kids to wear helmets, but on the other hand it's just as easy to trip, fall and crack your head open while walking down the street. Doesn't mean I'm going to wear a helmet for that, either.