Originally Posted by Librahorsegal
So I was looking through my paint horse journal and there was this picture of a horse show line up and the riders had there helmets on...but they were the kind that didnt have the straps on there chins.
What kind of helmet is that? Does it really protect you head? Does it come off easy? It doesnt look like it sits on your head to well. It looks like it was tilted up a little bit.
Why do you see those kinds of helmets in big paint shows?
I found a picture on google of the type of helmet im talking about http://news.horsetrader.com/images/803677B_large.jpg
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Yes it does protect your head if it stays on. Opinions on whether they come off easily are divided, the debate is as hot as the 'should I wear a hat?' debate.
If you have one made for you it will sit on your head better than any hat you have ever worn before because they are made to measure.
Your show classes are different from ours, and your fashions seem to vary too. Suffice it to say that they are worn because a) without a strap the look is cleaner, and tidier or b) they are more traditional or c) they are more expensive or d) because everyone else does.