I'm no longer involved with PNH, but do visit their sites, & lo & behold, the statement, "I don't believe a helmet will keep me safe!" has recently been replaced with latest videos of LP sporting one!
Inquiring minds wish to know, "Why?"! Is it mere fashion or has she thought better of the safety advantage?
Anyone "in the loop" who knows what caused the formerly most famous female helmetless rider to go helmeted?
I don't think they've ever been so set in their ways that they're unwilling to flip-flop for the sake of making more money by selling their stuff.
Maybe a marketing deal with the maker of the helmet?
Or at least they'll start selling sparkly helmet covers with the Parelli logo all over it? Or decals so you can show the world what "Level" you and your horse are?
While I still think it's up to an individual (adult) to wear a helmet, I think some of the remarks the P's used to make about helmets indicating "lack of training" in the horse or "lack of confidence" in your own ability were really
irresponsible on their part.
Anyone who pays ANY attention to the world of professional horse sports would know that accidents can happen to any
of us, no matter how highly-trained the horse is, no matter how many years you've been riding.
They marketed themselves to very novice horse owners who may or may not have had any
previous experience or instruction about horse safety,
and people like that often don't know how much they don't