ANYwho, I just took my first fall today (!!!!!) and it was amazing (do you think I'm crazy? Haha I just really wanted to know what it was like and get the pressure of my "first fall" off my back)! I'm just wondering...do I need to replace my helmet? I've heard you should after EVERY fall but, c'mon, that's like forty dollars several times a year! So I was riding this chill therapy horse who use to be a racehorse and, idk, his racing blood must've kicked in and he took off with me around the snow-covered (NOT icy, thank goodness!) dirt track and we went furthur then half way around the track before I bailed. I THINK (I'm not sure, it happened pretty fast!) I landed on my shoulder, I might've hit my head, and slid a bit and ate some snow :) I don't hurt at all and my helmet isn't chipped or split, there are hardly any scratches.
Just to summarize, I fell off a average Thoroughbred-height horse at his flat out (medium fast) gallop onto the snow covered dirt. I don't need a new helmet, do I?