CKD is what changed my habits
I wore a helmet "most" of the time before the CKD accident. If I was out in the arena and had forgotten it, I just rode without it. If it was sweaty from a previous ride, I would skip it.
But after CKD's accident I realized that I needed to be more safe and that a helmet was a minor inconvenience. Now I wear a helmet every ride, no exceptions. I have several helmets so there is no excuse anymore.
We also have our own barn and in 2012 made it a requirement that helmets be worn anytime when mounted. Most people had already migrated to that but we decided that this was one issue where we could impose the 'my barn;my rules'.
I hear all the arguments and respect an individual's right to choose but the pros far outweigh the cons. I also read the thread about folks not being able to wear their tophat when they go down centerline for their first FEI test. I get that too. I did wear my tophat for that first FEI ride as it was pre-CKD. I can tell you that it is not what is on your head that you will remember but what is in your heart. I was fighting back tears when I finished and it had nothing to do with what I was wearing. I dream of my first GP. I can tell you that I won't even care or know what is on my head.