Originally Posted by Runninghot88
I do barrel racing and do go to quite a few shows. I am 20 and I wear a helmet. I will be the only one in the show wearing one but it takes one less worry off my mind when running hard. A show is where I will really test my limits, so that's when I wear one the most. Have I been teased and made fun of? Of course and one girl felt the need to open her mouth in warm ups and shout "why aren't you wearing your helmet?"in front of everyone. I wasn't wearing it because it was in my car that my parents were driving to the show and weren't there yet. I also wear one when I am trail riding by myself.
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Well, I would like to shake your hand for putting up with people like that! I realize it's easier to joke around about it to them instead of letting it get to me. My biggest problem when "testing myself" and running or jumping is a pelvic misalignment. It makes my leg a bit shorter than the other, and it's a little harder to stay in the saddle. When my foot slips and but lift out of the seat, I'm going off (usually). I have learned how to fall safely too. Rolling is best! I had a fellow rider with decades of riding tell me the other day that she thinks that's my biggest problem is my pelvis. I have road bareback and stayed on my horse when she spooked and spin, and I can stay with my horse most of the time, but when I have to really on a stirrup of quick maneuvers, I get in a little trouble. It made me feel better.
Bc I seem to go off more than less experienced riders.