I love Back2horseback's post. Protect your brain! I am studying to be a psychologist and after being taught what can happen in a brain injury, even a minor one, there is NO way I am getting on a horse without a helmet, and I'm 20 years old AND a fashionista. I never wore helmets when I rode my bike around the neighborhood, because what I did on the bike was ENTIRELY in my control. Horses with even the most amazing training, even a "dead broke" horse (if that exists) can trip. They are animals with a mind of their own. I never expect to fall off my horse, but when it happens (which it DOES TO EVERYONE unfortunately) the first thing I worry about is if my head is okay.
Educate yourself on the parts of the brain and how crucial every part is. Your frontal lobe is major in personality or what makes you, you. If you damage this part you could become aggressive or irritable forever. The occipital lobe, which is located on the lower part of your head, is in essence in charge of your vision, hit it and your brain my become unable to translate what your eyes see. Seriously, knowing the parts of the brain is enough to scare me into wearing a helmet. I want my brain in its full capacity for the rest of my life!!
Dressage for me please!