I'm cross-posting this from another forum. Sorry it's long, but a lot of people have been impacted by head injuries - all of us who have been in the horse world for a long time have seen lives ended or severely limited by lack of helmets. And styles change - there are Western coaches who insist on helmets at all times, and they're ALWAYS allowed at shows, you can't be penalized for them (which many people don't know).
"My mother fell off a horse while trail riding with friends. No helmet. She spent some time in a coma and the next two years learning how to speak, take care of herself, and do basic things like cook from a recipe or grocery shop. I was twelve and my brother was nine. Ironically, my mother forbade me from riding without a helmet but she thought she would be fine because she was just hacking out with friends.
Because she physically looked fine a couple of months after the injury people outside of our family unit lost perspective of how badly she was injured since they did not have to see her daily challenges first hand.
I didnt read all the posts so not sure if anyone already noted this, but free will is not a valid argument IMHO. We ALL pay for these accidents whether it be a loved one we must care for, increased insurance premiums, increased health costs to cover the care for un/under insured (sometimes for life).
Bluhof and equinelerium, it absolutely affects those around you. In my situation I essentially became a caretaker at a young age of my younger brother and sometimes my own mother. I was forced to grow up quickly because of someone else,s actions. The strain on my family was enormous, both emotionally and financially. I am still suprised we made it through intact!
I find it ridiculous when anyone rides without a helmet because it is so simple to put on and they have so many different styles and price points. Given my history, I find it very selfish when parents take the stance they can ride without a helmet (for whatever reason) when they are responsible for a child. You could carry that argument out to anyone who has anybody in their life that cares about them. The impact of an individual's decision is not limited to only themselves, and I think people forget this aspect.
It takes not even a minute to put a helmet on, and bad injuries can happen to the best of us, as Courtney unfortunately has shown.
Sorry for the long post, but that video brought back some painful memories (in case you couldnt tell). I am very glad to see she is working through her recovery and spreading the message about helmet use. Hopefully this will make those who go without reconsider. I wish her all the best!"
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