I grew up with horses and my sister and I didn't wear helmets when we were little but when I got older and started jumping, joined Pony Club they were mandatory. Seems like almost every time I fell off, I landed on my head. Now it's just habit. I'm a mom riding a very green 17.3, 4 yr. Old gelding with a husband and 3 kids depending on me so I'm taking what precautions I can. I know riding horses isn't the safest hobby out there, but it's what I do
My kids are in Pony Club and wear a helmet whether it's a walk around the yard, trail ride, lesson or whatever. My husband and kids also ride motorcycles and wear helmets doing that. I do believe kids should have to wear them but with an adult, it's different, not that I think it's the safest thing to do but it's not my business, although if I have a friend over riding one of my horses, they have to wear a helmet.