. If you feel you need a helmet, then you should probably wear one.
I didn't want to get into this... But this is the exact mentality that needs to be nipped in the bud. Parelli has the same attitude and it drives me bonkers. His attitude is that you don't trust your horse if you wear a helmet, or your horse isn't trained enough if you "have to" wear a helmet.
I don't feel I "need" to wear my helmet. I feel that I SHOULD protect MY brain. I'm speaking for myself here, I don't care if anyone else wears a helmet or not. Anything can happen when riding. I was hacking out an old gelding who needed to be encouraged every.step.of.the.way -- until a bee stung him. No way to predict or prevent that.
Courtney King-Dye is the reason I put my helmet on in those moments of "man, I don't wanna!" She was a grand Prix dressage rider. She was riding a horse one day (who she made a point of mentioning had NEVER done anything naughty!) when he tripped. Tripped. No spooking, bucking, bolting... Nothing "naughty." She incurred a massive brain injury. She is now able to ride tests at a walk. One video I saw of her riding a test at a walk, the announcer asked for everyone to hold their applause until after she was back on a lead line.
Oh my god. I couldn't imagine going from riding (and competing successfully) to having to be on a lead line.
I still occasionally ride without a helmet, but those rides are few and far between now.
I don't care of anyone else wears a helmet or not, it's your decision. But do NOT chastise or belittle me for choosing to do so. Posted via Mobile Device