Originally Posted by Ktibb
I was that western trail riding helmetless kid... reason being? Not really sure. As a kid I always just thought helmets were 'an English thing'. To this day my family doesn't understand why I insist that any kids that want to ride must wear a helmet. It doesn't matter which horse or pony is being ridden and it doesn't matter if an adult si riding with them and it doesn't matter if someone is leading the horse!
I truly think there should be more attempts made to educate people about helmets, accidents, and what can happen if you fall and hit the rock. I must admit I rode without one too when I was a kid (we couldn't buy any helmets where we lived that time). And now I think how dumb it was of my parents not to at least try to get one.
BTW when western people start laughing about me riding in helmet I always ask them if they'll pay my disability if something happen. That ends the laugh usually.