I've always worn a helmet because I was told to from the day I started riding. I'm really, really glad now that I always wear one. About a month ago my mare spooked and I fell off. I don't remember falling or anything else from that day because she kicked me in the head (total accident, she isn't a kicker). I got a pretty bad concussion but I'm perfectly fine now. I don't even want to think about what would have happened if I hadn't been wearing a helmet. I wasn't even really working my mare yet; we were just trotting while warming up. Just shows that accidents can happen any time while riding. Posted via Mobile Device
If I have the choice: No. I don't like the feel of it on my head. Like MM, they make my head sweat and itch and give me a headache. I also feel like my vision is obstructed enough to annoy me.
As of Monday, I will have to wear one for the summer. Due to an accident with another wrangler (horse spooked on gravel, slipped and flipped) that ended with her having a fractured skull, the summer camp I work at's insurance now requires the wranglers to wear one too. (Campers always do, mind.)
I'm sure if I rode english, especially on my mare, I would have one on all the time. Her ability to do a 180 at a lope without much warning leaves me with one foot out of the stirrup and me leaning way over so much that I have to grab my horn. If it were in an english saddle and she pulled that, I would have been off about 7 times in the past 3 days.
Be my guest and wear one. They just aren't my cup of tea.
I'm half and half. Traditionally I don't feel the need for a helmet, and I forget and I don't put it on. I actually didn't own one until my gymkhana series started adding points for those who wore helmets. Then once I started jumping my dad put a limit that anything over 2 feet needed a helmet, so that's where I started on a regular basis. Then boarding stables required it for jumping. So now I'll wear one while I'm jumping, but that's about it. I still do barrels and speed without one. I also wear one with greenies I don't know or breaking in horses.
My siblings though I require to wear a helmet at all times. They don't have much experience and they are riding horses that are no where close to being dirt slow or old. They're good horses but still can have their moments so the kids wear helmets. Posted via Mobile Device
...Then once I started jumping my dad put a limit that anything over 2 feet needed a helmet, so that's where I started on a regular basis...
Smart Dad! The risk of head injury goes WAY up when you start jumping - probably at least 10X, and maybe MUCH higher (some statistics indicate it may be 80X).
Helmets seem to cut your risk by about 50%, so jumping WITH a helmet is still riskier than not jumping without a helmet. I think helmets are a good idea for all (although I sometimes skip them for a cowboy hat when the sun is bright and I'm riding western in an arena) - but jumping without a helmet is VERY risky.
Still, times change...and maybe all riding without a helmet will someday be considered foolish.
I wear a helmet. It started at the barn where I bought & kept Toby while he grew up & got trained. To ride there on trails or in lessons a helmet was required.
I just kept up with it since he came home. Its a good thing too. Two years ago I came off when both horses spooked. The fall really wasn't that bad - landed on my bad shoulder but otherwise just had some gravel burns. The issue was when my husband's horse went over me. Thankfully he did not step on me, but he did clip me in the head with his hoof. Destroyed the helmet but all I ended was a bit of an egg on my head. Otherwise it would have been a direct blow to my temple, not including my head smacking back into the ground. Helmet split from both ends.