Until this year I have never worn one and have never had a problem. But now that I am going to be barrel racing next year I bought one and I love it. I only wear it when I am competeing or when I am training my young horse but that is because I like to live on the edge the rest of the time haha. I thought it would be uncomfortable and ugly but to be honest, it is more comfortable than my cowboy hat and it doesn't look as bad as I thought. I always thought when I was younger that people who rode western shouldn't wear helmets but my tune has changed. My theory now is, which is more important, my head or the way I look. I picked head.