Originally Posted by oh vair oh
.. the day western pleasure horses are required to go anything faster than zero miles an hour?
Horses are unpredictable and things can happen even at "zero miles an hour."
I'm sure wearing a helmet was not the only reason you've decided to poo-poo upper level western pleasure shows. Otherwise, I'd feel sorry for the wasted talent of your horses.
Nope, not the only reason. I also didn't feel like getting a new wardrobe every time the trends changed or getting new tack when the "in" oil color went out of style.
To be clear, my personal horses definitely weren't Western Pleasure prospects, but I passed on a great gelding that could've done well because I just didn't have the heart to get into it.