Originally Posted by Taffy Clayton
No trainer I know would ever ride a horse without a hardhat. Double that outside in a field on a new horse.
Come on over to my neck of the woods and venture to some of the top level dressage barns, and share your thoughts with the dressage trainers face to face, and see what kind of response you get.
You'll see no helmets, just baseball caps.
Heck, I've even seen 3* - 4* Eventers get on students horses at clinics, and ride them around without helmets on. Why not share your thoughts with them "Anyone can be a Trainer" - and see what you get in response.
MM I think your mare looks wonderful. Congrats on the new Trainer, and I look forward to seeing more of the two of you together!