You can teach an old dog...
I wear a helmet when I ride, every time and have done so for over 30 years. Until last night. That's when it all went wrong.
My friend asked me to help her fit her new endurance saddle for her new horse. We got everything fitted and she rode around the arena for a bit to try out her new saddle. She got off, handed me the reins and offered me her helmet and gloves. I declined on the helmet and gloves as they were both too big. Besides, I was only going for a walk around the arena to try out the newe saddle. No trotting, cantering, nothing. Heck, I didn't even bother to shorten the stirrups (which were well beyond the reach of my toes) And off we went.
Many things can happen when a horse spooks. Sometimes the rider loses his or her seat and falls off. I didn't. I was EJECTED, rodeo style.
Luckily, other than a bruised hip, a very sore lower back and leather burns one my right hand, nothing was hurt more than my pride. I cannot believe what an idiot I was, riding a new horse with a new saddle without a helmet or gloves.
I did learn something. First, I am no acrobat. The tuck and role from a mid air launch hurts like hell when you are over forty. Second, never assume you are up for a quick easy ride. The horse is assured to remind you never to make assumptions.
What are your "getting dumped" stories?