Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
• Horses: 0
You should do what makes you feel comfortable.
Vests and helmets are still freedom of choice when riding a horse.
I won't wear either and don't what to hear any preaching about it:)
I ride bareback, in tennis shoes, tank tops and shorts.
In 54 years of riding and being tossed off horses, I have only had one head accident. Those horse helmets wouldn't have done me one bit of good as the injury was well below where those helmets cover. A motorcycle helmet would have helped but an equine helmet would have been a waste of the sweat on my head.
If you feel safer in a vest and a helmet, that subconscious "comfort" transfers to the horse, whether you realize it or not, and is a good reason to wear the apparel:)
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.