11-30-2008, 11:14 PM
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I rarely wear a helmet unless im competing, riding a new unknown horse or dealing with a young horse that is more likely to throw me into a fence. Even then I only wear one while im getting used to the horse.
I learnt to ride when I was 4 and never wore a helmet until I was 18 and that was because I had to. Its a bit like the controversy about me not wearing boots around the horses too :)
The way I see it there are 2 kinds of people: those who will put on a helmet, gloves and boots just to lunge their horse and then there are those that are perfectly comfortable going "el-naturale". Im the second of those two. My desire to stay in the saddle far outweighs anything any of my horses would do to me lol I ride one of my mares around in just a halter and lead ropes, no shoes, no helmet and have 100% trust that nothing is going to happen to me because that's the kinda horse she is. For some reason put me in a helmet and boots and I tense up like I've got them on because im going to fall off or something lol