All those children without helmets make my "people should be licensed to have children" nerve itchy.
I guess it's SO safe you don't need a helmet?!?!?
Reminds me of the skit from George Carlin where he said we don't have to get rid of the stupid people, just take the warning labels off everything & the problem will take care of itself!
I could see the benefit for severely disabled riders. It would allow the rider to have a person hold/position them easier while the horse was moving at a reasonible rate. The holder would also be at eye level, which may be a very comforting thing for a severly disabled person.
It's similar to that old method of putting a horse in a chute and filling the box with grain (or something?) so that the horse can't move, and then desensitizing it to whatever.
It reminded me of this too -- But, I thought the theory behind 'burrying' a horse in grain (I've seen video of it done with wheat hulls) is that they're comforted by the pressure/contact with the grain -- I've heard similar techniques are comforting to autistic children --
Anyway, this contraption scares me a bit -- I just think that if a horse does blow up in it, he or the humans near him could be seriously injured --
"I never mind if an adult uses safety stirrups." GM