Originally Posted by kitten_Val
Well... I do remember the posts at the forum (I believe
not at this one) about getting a bike(!) helmet for the child, because it's cheaper (and easier to find used one or even one for free) then horse riding helmet!
I'm sorry, but that's what I call greedy. Yes, I understand many of us don't have money for fancy stuff (or helmet for $200), but it's just not the situation. I don't think cracked kid's head worth $30 cheapest Troxel helmet costs.
I have heard of parents doing this as well. Honestly, I think for many (at least, the non-horsey parents) it's just them not being educated about helmets, because they are at least making an effort to protect their child's head. Unfortunately, bike helmets are designed for a fall from a bike where you are what? 3 feet off the ground probably? The way you would fall from a bike is very different from the way you would fall from a horse. So many more factors determine the fate of your head in a horse fall.
Bike helmets are far too light as well. It's just a matter of they need to be educated on why riding helmets are not about looks for most, but I am giving the benefit of the doubt. I know when I was 13 or 14 the cheap helmets were $60+ (or maybe we were looking in the wrong places), but now at $30, it is well worth your child's life. (Not that $60 wasn't either, just saying it just means even less of an excuse for using a bicycle helmet after they are educated on why it's not proper.)
All that being said, at every lesson offering barn I have been to, they have multiple school helmets of every size. But even if they didn't, I have to say I would not have much faith in a trainer who allowed a child to use a bicycle helmet.