Do you wear one? Why or why not? I always wear one. I do speed events, and am one of the few adults that do wear one. I came off about ten years ago and landed on my head on concrete. I always wore one before that. But after that I really thought about it. I did get knocked out. But came to rather quickly. Still went to the ER in an ambulance. Had I not had it on I don't know what state I would be in (if any)
The reason I ask, is we had our first show today. It was a large show for our area (83 riders) It was an open show not 4-h, so helmets are not required. A girl age 16 came around a corner, horse slipped and fell and as he got up he kicked her in the face. It sounded like a gun was going off. You could hear it all the way across the fairgrounds. She broke her skull. Was rushed to Harborview, so far no fluid on the brain. That's the only news we've heard so far. But it makes you think twice about life, and how dangerous this sport really is. This was a kids horse A kids good horse. Not a spastic out of control horse. He just fell.