I wear one EVERY time I barrel race which I get a lot of heat for because so far I am the only one I have seen that rides with a helmet instead of a cowboy hat. I guess this one girl is getting sponsored by a helmet company because she races with her helmet. And they have cowboy hat helmets now.
I wear a helmet when I jump too.
But I don't always wear a helmet though.I don't really have a good reason to but....I don't.
I wear a helmet 95% of the time. If I' riding a horse that I trust then I don't if it's not right there and handy. But I usually wear one just because you never know what a horse is going to do. I just think that it's safer. *Shrug*
I never wore one when I was younger, but now I'm an ER nurse. I see way too many head injuries. I always wear them now. I've been looking for a cowboy hat helmet but the one place I found that sells them are on backorder for a long time. Anyone know where I can get one?
I don't know... I have varied views on it. I ride racehorses, and would never ever ride at the track without a helmet or vest, but Im quite happy to plod around the farm on my old hack bareback without a helmet... guess its a trust thing between horse and rider also. And having enough common sense not to jump on an unknown horse without a helmet...
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
I don't wear one unless other riders are using the arena which is very rare. I do think young people that share riding space should-jumpers always-just my opinion. Messing around while on horseback is a no no-
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".
I'd suggest that most people I've seen are at a happy medium between the two: they wear a helmet whenever they are on a horse. Helmetless might be our 'natural state', but so is being dead after a nasty fall!