Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I grew up being required to wear a helmet for 4H. when we started riding barrels in rodeos and at jack pots, helmets or hats were required, and I opted for the hat. Since then, I have been out of the habit of wearing one, an therefore, do not. I wear one for englihs riding at shows, I wear a hat in western classes, but most of the time I prefer to let my head breathe. When I am on a horse that I do not particularily trust, or that I feel will be hard to handle, I wear a helmet.
I have no good reason for seldem wearing a helmet - I am definitely not against them. If there were a rule, I would wear one. I know they are helpful - though, there is nothing stopping you from breaking your neck or any other bone in your body. I require all Jr. riders on my property or my horses to wear a helmet (hypocritical I know).
I tell the kids that when they are adults, it will be their choice of whether they want to risk their brains or not, but right now, it is not their choice. The kids are very comfortable using helmets, and consider them just like any other piece of tack.
I don't think there is any good reason not to wear a helmet other than stubborness and stupidity. So, I guess I can be a little of both. :) One day I will learn - for now, I admit my flaws. :)