*shrug* We can't force you. I used to only wear one when jumping or riding in an area new to my horse, e.g., Golden Gate Park or on the beach. Then I realized that it didn't matter how well I rode, or how reliable MY horse was, I can't control other riders or outside influences. My horse (then) wasn't at all spooky, but that's not going to help with an out of control bicyclist or any number of "I can't believe that happened...." circumstances.
Now, my old event horse trainer was schooling a horse one day. She realized she was running later for another appointment. When she finished with the horse, the owner said they would take care of cool out and grooming, so trainer jumped in her car and drove off, not bothering to remove her helmet. About a mile down the road, another car ran a stop sign and plowed into her. Even though she had a seat belt, she did get thrown into the windshield (this is before airbags). They said afterwards she could have been seriously hurt, but since she was wearing her helmet, she wasn't even concussed.
Sandy M, this thread is from 2007 and county has since passed away, so don't expect a reply.
In my younger years when I spent all my daylight hours training, yes, I wore my helment even when driving! LOL. It was just that much a part of my 'everyday' clothing that I often forgot to take it off when I left home. Fortunately never had an accident while driving to find out if it could save my life while behind the wheel.
Honestly, I am a pony tail, no make-up, jeans and T-shirt kind of girl. No hair-do here.
I just think that freedom of choice is important, and the arguement about it being sooo dangerous is just goofy. As County pointed out, most head injuries in cars could be prevented with helmets. Do you wear a helmet in your car? I can almost guarantee that many people here spend more time in their car then on their horse. Also, the amount of car accident deaths due to head injuries is probably a lot higher then the amount of horse related deaths due to head injuries.
Obviously, you know nothing about statistics. Sure the number of car accidental deaths due to head injuries is probably higher than horse related deaths, but how many people drive or ride in cars vs. ride horses? Statistically speaking, head injuries are fairly common riding injury.
We had another sad story occur just east of Cincinnati in August. A single mother of I think 6 kids was trailriding at a local state park and was thrown. She died instantly as well. She was not wearing a helmet. Kids now have no mother or father, so sad.
While wearing a helmet is an adult's choice, if I owned/managed/ran that boarding barn, it would be a rule..... no matter the age.
It's a rule where I board (private/self-care) because I wrote the rules for the farm owner!
Exactly... Just because something is allowed doesn't mean it is smart!
Florida still allows motorcycle riders to go without helmets, but I would smack any kid (or adult for that matter) in my family if they told me they took advantage of that stupid lack of Law!
Poor girl...safety stirrups are you friend. I managed to put them on my saddle the day before my horse gave a big spook forward and I came off behind the boy. Phew, for once time it well. Always wear a helmet since Mrs. Trakehner almost died in a riding accident (didn't wear a helmet, but the surgeon said it probably wouldn't have made a big difference..yeah, right).