I cannot figure out why Western riders don't wear helmets in the show ring... especially YOUTH. I really think all associations should make it mandatory for youth riders to wear a helmet while mounted at a horse show.
If just one or two of the bigger associations would implement this rule, everyone would follow.
It's just plain ole safety.
No young rider in the western classes will wear one for fear of ridicule from his peers. That's why I feel the associations need to mandate the change.
What is your opinion?