I didn't read all of the pages, but I want to put a little input in. I was once riding an gelding who went into a bucking fit, which got me thrown, right by a tree that my Dad was standing at to try to calm the gelding. I didn't have an helmet on and I'm thankful for that. My head came about an half inch from hitting the tree. Yes, My head could have hit the tree, but with the distance I fell If I had a helmet on the helmet would have smacked the tree and push my head back. In that case I would have been more injured with the helmet, by walking away with a sore back and sore neck, instead of only a sore back. I have also saw the good they had done and I still wear a helmet more often then I don't. We actually this got my Dad an helmet for him to wear on the green broke horses. Sometimes I like to ride a gentle horse with out the helmet, Do I see anything wrong with it nope? Then if I get on my green broke mare, the helmet comes on my head. Another thing is in the group of 20 riders, maybe 5 of us wear helmets and 3 of the helmet wearers are under 16.
Extreme Trail Rider and Barrel Racer.
King - 11 year old Tennessee Walker Gelding
Sassie- 7 Year old Appaloosa Mare