Originally Posted by thenrie
For trail riding (this is the trail riding forum, right?) in a western saddle, I'm more concerned about rain down my neck and skin cancer on my neck, face, and ears, than getting my head cracked. In 45 years of handling horses I've gone down a number of times and only got a concussion once. In that instance a horse fell on a road with me and I landed smack on my face. Broke my nose and got a bit of road rash on my cheek. Helmet wouldn't have done a thing.
Thought I'd post those thoughts, because in my mind different styles of riding require different safety equipment.
Worst accident I ever witnessed was a friend who was taking a lap around the arena after having just returned from a trail ride in her western saddle on her dead-broke QH who took a bad step at a walk and went down on his knees, catapulting her off and onto her head. Result was multiple skull fractures and several days in a medically-induced coma. By the grace off all things good, she was very lucky to recover with only some speech impediments after months of physical therapy.
I hope you go another 45 years with no issues. But an accident is an accident by definition of its unexpectedness.
I wear a helmet. I also wear a seatbelt. Wonder what the correlation, if any, between the two is? Do you wear a seatbelt?
In the end, an adult can and should make the choice for him or herself.
Oh, and on a fun note, bet I can get my sneaker-clad foot out of my stirrup just as quick as you can get your booted one.. Maybe faster cause my knees still work!