Originally Posted by smguidotti
I hope that's only sarcasm - regardless of whether or not your horse can lope slow is beside the point.
I've pretty much just given up trying to explain my reasons for not wearing one, and why people don't have the right to make me wear one - the only reason I have to give is "because I don't want to".
Doesn't mean I don't have any brain cells in my head... What's up with that?
Also, my mom wore a helmet show jumping for 30 years and broke her neck. Helmet ain't going to save you from being paralyzed, trampled, or otherwise. Doesn't mean we start condemning jumpers for not wearing neck braces. Though I do wear a helmet when I jump because I am inexperienced and using more of the horse's physical capabilities. Versus in western pleasure where I usually do no more than a crawl.
Sometimes you just play the odds that are in your best favor. The higher the chance of danger, the more likely I will put on a helmet. I.e. Breaking a young horse, difficult trail rides, jumping, inexperience, etc. versus my high experience level with working a western horse on a flat, my capabilities and confidence to train in a "crisis" moment, and my ability to read a horse. There is always the 1% that the horse will randomly "freak out", but my quality of comfort exceeds my concern for that small percentage. Like how driving a car is infinitely more dangerous, but our need to travel to work quickly exceeds our concern for the likelihood of injury.