I always like to wear my helmet, even when showing, because you never know when your horse is going to decide to spook. I've always shown in a cowboy hat when I show my trainers horses, but now that my own pony is getting better at western pleasure, I'd like to show him instead. I'm not all the way comfortable with riding him helmet less, because he does have some Spazz problems in high stress situations.
Do people that wear helmets in opposed to cowboy hats place lower in western pleasure classes? Do judges care what you wear on your head?
I agree Trista. Punish riders for being safe? Because ya know... horses with people on them without helmets must be bomb proof, didnt ya know? ::rolls eyes::: very ridiculous. I like that a previous poster says "it tells about your horses's questionable behavior".... errr, or that the owner has some common sense... meh
I don't do WP, but if I showed up in my normal riding attire - old boots, jeans, Aussie saddle, T-shirt, etc - I'd be graded down too. I wear a helmet too, and at any of the higher levels, I'd expect to be graded down for it. I don't know what percentage of WP riders have been killed during high level competition, but I'd bet it is rather LOW....
Common sense doesn't dictate wearing a helmet during WP. You would be safer wearing your riding helmet every time you got in a car or walked along a city street, but would that qualify as "common sense"? Should you wear a shoulder protector during WP competitions?
Please show me the statistics that indicate riding WP in competition is more dangerous than having a spectator DRIVE to the competition.
I understand helmet use. I pointed out that I wear a helmet. But if I was competing in an event that was supposed to show how totally relaxed and in control my horse is, I wouldn't wear a helmet, back protector, knee pads or bubblewrap.
At lower levels, it is different. The horse is gaining experience, and it is reasonable to cut some slack.
I asked in the show office at an AQHA show if it would be ok to where a helmet western and they said "Absolutely, in fact we would encourage it". I did not where it but I don't believe they would have taken off for it.