09-22-2012, 04:19 PM
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My helmet saved my life more then once. Once was a trail riding accident when the horse bolted with me and we ended up on the highway where he fell and got hit by a car.
Another time when I was trampled and kicked in the head.
A few months ago when my horse was about to take a jump then changed her mind and I flew over her head, over the jump and landed on my head. My helmet is cracked. That could have been my skull. I had a bad concussion, the doctor said if I didn't have my helmet I would have been dead.
So yea... I always wear a helmet. Even when I ride western. I really hate that when showing western as a senior rider the judge will actually hold your helmet against your placing even though they are not supposed to. Its almost as if saying "yep you care about your life so you can not win this class".