Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
I agree, helmet wear is controversial on here. I like to recommend that people under 18 wear one at all times, but that is only my belief. Sometimes I wear mine, sometimes I don't. It depends on my mood, Cinny's mood and what I"m planning on doing. If' I'm trying out new tack, I like to wear a helmet as he sometimes blows up with new tack like a rodeo bronc. If he's obviously having a bad day, helmet. If' I'm going to work on obstacles such as tarps, cross rails, etc etc...helmet. Our light trail, no helmet, the trail with hills and covered bridges, helmet (I actually bashed a huge dent in my helmet when I misjudged how low a covered bridge was and was thankful it was the helmet not my skull).
I know that there are new laws regarding helmets for ALL riders of certain levels at shows regardless of age, including people dong vaulting. I can't remember when they take effect, but they cover pretty much every rider except for some pretty top level riders, and still their horses have to be a certain minimum age as well. I really don't remember the specifics though, and I know that some groups (like the vaulters) are planning on appeals because helmet would actually be more dangerous with what they are doing.