Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
In response to people wearing helmets because they're afraid, I find that total nonsense. We have numerous helmet posts around the forum and the 99% top reason I have EVER heard is simply for SAFETY. People don't wear helmets because they expect something to happen. Most people know they'd probably be safe without one. They've just witnessed far to many freak accidents to take chances. To make the statement that people typically don helmets out of fear is just ridiculous. These same people virtually always don headgear when riding bicycles or quads as well. It's not a fear thing, it's a well being thing. Unless fear of having your head split open is considered an irrational phobia?
Maybe it's not how they "meant" it, but the entire tone of the letter is disgusting. It's fine if you don't want to wear helmets, heck I don't, but don't attempt to justify it by claiming to have fool proof training methods or even pretending to know why the majority of riders DO wear helmets. They actually make it sound like people only wear helmets as an ANSWER to the problem, which is absurd. The majority of people on this forum have horses just as well trained, docile and respectful as a Parelli horse, I'm pretty sure they don't wear helmets just because they believe they're getting dumped every ride. They've just learned through VARIOUS TRAINING METHODS how things can go wrong. Ergo, another bad reason for remaining close minded. You can't work or be around solely Parelli horses your entire life, unless you never want to touch someone elses animal again.
I find it downright dangerous that as a professional coach and trainer, they actually advocate not wearing helmets. They're drawing completely amateur newbies into their circles, they have a professional courtesy to at least promote the use of helmets, or at least warn people, not lead people with half a brain on to thinking not protecting that half a brain is worthwhile.
That's my opinion anyway. I may not wear a helmet myself, but I still promote their use to anyone who comes to ride. Ultimately it's their decision, but I will always run through the warnings and the advice to wear a helmet, ESPECIALLY with amateur riders or non-horse people.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.