Originally Posted by bsms
Thus a helmet is very important if the risk of falling is high, and much less important as the risk of falling on your head goes down. I'd do most anything to cut my risk by 25%. I'm a lot less concerned about dropping my risk by 0.05%.
Every adult (sorry kids it's your parents desision) should have a right to choose to wear or not wear a helmet. Though before making that choice I think they should be well informed of the risks involved. It is their responsibility to seek out the information. It doesn't seem to me that the OPs goal was to judge those who don't wear helmets but to share her experience and her reasoning as to why she wears one. Though there may have been a little undertone of judgment I think it was rather unintentional.
Here is when I wear a helmet:
-Sports (racing, jumping, polo, etc)
-Green Horse (if I don't know how a horse will react to some situations)
-Training (anything new to the horse I usually have a helmet)
-Rough Terrain ( bad footing, lots of low limbs)
-"new" horse (unpredictable)
I accept the risk involved with not always wearing a helmet and don't expect society to wipe my butt or hold my sippy cup if it comes to that.
If I am on someone else's horse or someone else's property I follow their rules.