riding horses, which is greater than the danger of riding a motorcycle,
Don't know how they work out the figures, but I'm with Dustbunny - much safer with four legs under me than 2 wheels! Seriously, I think it depends on *how* you ride... either beast - as to how risky it is. I wouldn't be putting my kids on a horse if I thought it was so *innately* dangerous, but there are many things I won't encourage them to do, at least until they're very competent. While they do wear helmets, I think that's just 'icing' compared to good, safe training for both horse & riders.
IMO a helmet is just one of those things that is easily worn, no hassle and potentially extremely valuable - for riding either beast - & so I tend to wear one these days. When I got to the paddock today & found I didn't have it with me, didn't stop me riding tho. There are those who won't ride without back protectors too. A friend who always wears one & lectures(d?) me about that recently fractured her back in a fall
. It's amazing how many people comment on how dangerous I'm being riding barefoot
(me that is, they rarely notice my horse is bare too!
...Now it sounds like we also have to weigh up the apparent risk of a broken neck from a helmet v's head injuries
. Would the person who talked of being ashamed be kicking themselves for wearing a helmet if it caused them to be a quadriplegic I wonder...