This may have been asked before and if so I am sorry!
I would like to know how many people wear a helmet when they ride and if Y/N, why or why not?
For me, I do not wear one unless my horse has been acting up and I feel I need one. I dont because I am very claustrophobic, also with a helmet I feel like I cant hear or see what is all around me, I know I know its weird.
I don't wear one, because for the riding I do they don't provide what I need (e.g. protection from sun, rain, tree limbs, etc....). So I either wear a hat with a sufficient brim around my head or a keffiyeh when it's cold and not raining.
I do own 3 helmets for anyone who wants to wear one. I would never discourage anyone from wearing one, although if it's a sunny day and they wear a helmet I strongly advise them to put on plenty of sunblock.
Rain doesn't damage the skin, but I still dislike having it running down the base of my neck (mostly on the sides and back) before it continues under my shirt.
Of course I know I'm playing the odds. The head accounts for the smallest % horse related injuries almost always less then 20 % (unless you include the neck into the statistics) depending on the year and location.
In my personal experience I've only recently met one person who suffered a severe head injury (i.e. concussion) from riding. I've known people get facial injuries that a helmet didn't prevent, but then a helmet isn't designed to protect the face. The people who's deaths I'm personally acquainted with were wearing helmets, but were killed by broken necks. Probably accounts for why I worry more about my back and my neck.
The head does (again depending on year and location) usually account for the greatest number of actual fatal horse related injuries (even though the it's a relatively low % when compared to all horse related injuries). The neck and back (i.e. the spine) accounts for the most crippling and permanently disabling injuries (but again, relative low % when compared to all other horse related injuries).
So like everything else in life, I'm play the odds
(as does almost everyone in some way). While my odds of being injured are pretty good
(been there and done that with various cracked ribs, sprained wrists and ankles, deep tissue bruises, pulled groins, etc, etc, etc....), but so far it's been 45 years and not even a pump on the head or a broken arm/leg/hand/foot bone (which are some of the more common injuries). I'm beating the odds on some of the more common injuries (so far)
but have gotten my fair share of the other types of injuries.