Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I agree with MIEventer about the double standard. However, I don't think this is an issue of which discipline she's riding so much as it is her age. Younger riders, especially those without a lot of professional training, tend to have a lot more iffy balance and a LOT less experience.
I suppose that can sound sort of hypocritical, as I said, I'm from the "make your own decisions" school and I don't use a helmet. But I also have a reasoning for why, which some may not agree with, but I always don a helmet when I'm riding a problem horse, a youngster or even a strange horse. I make the judgement call based on what horse I'm about to ride.
As a minor, I do think they should wear helmets. The only reason I didn't was because I was farm raised, old school and helmets were for sissies :roll:
I don't think there's anything wrong with being concerned about morgan's safety. I'm sure most of us are guilty of breaking safety rules, but bareback and bridleless with bare feet, no helmet, 12 years old AND a loose horse in the arena seems like a LOT of rules to break at once, LOL.
But hey, our parents survived the "ride 'em hard" phase didn't they? Kind of makes me wonder if it isn't excessive at times, or if we just never heard about the amount of deaths back then?
Ok, sorry, I ramble a lot, bed time, night!
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.