Thank you for sharing your story. You made a couple of really good points. I was trying to make the single point that until a child knows what the inherent risks are of riding a horse they should be made to wear a helmet. Of course I want children to ride and experience the wonders of a horse, thats why I teach. But children think like children not like adults. They think they can do things they are not prepared for yet. A 29 dollar investment can save, at least a huge hospital bill. I had a child fall off at a lope, the helmet shattered into pieces, thank goodness for the helmet that kept me from picking up grey matter off my field and explaining to her mom why I didn't see fit to put a helmet on her child. Like I said, it's a CHILD, adults can make their own choices about safety, when the kids grow up, then they can make their own choice. In the meanwhile we adults have to make it for them. I don't always use a helmet on myself, but the kids have to have one. If I get hurt then I can kick my own bum. Oh I love the cellophane kid pic. I remember feeling like that about my own kids, worry wort moms and dads.