My daughter always wears a helmet when she rides. She even wears one in her WP classes. We have had judges refuse to place her because of it. It's awful that there are people who condem others for being safe, but we knew the "risks" and chose safety over ribbons.
I also will not get on a horse without a helmet. I don't care if it's that dead broke 30 year old arthritic gelding who just shuffles along the trail...I have a helmet on my head.
We have been to two shows where children were seriously hurt. Those injuries would have been greatly reduced had they been wearing helmets. The first child was strapped onto a nutty gelding who bolted into the arena, tore around twice and threw her into a wall. Concussion, cracked skull and broken ribs for that 7 year old. The second was on a very sweet horse, walking across the parking lot when he was stung by a bee and suddenly bucked. His rider struck her head on the pavement and immediately had a seizure. She is 14 and now has seizures regularly when she never had them before.
Those are my reasons. I tell everyone that it is their choice...unless it is my daughter or any of the children tht I claim as "mine" (Godsons, girls in my troop, or kids we invite to ride with us).
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