I’m a helmet advocate. That being said, when you post pictures riding without a helmet on your blog I’m not going to comment things like WEAR A HELMET YOU GD MORON or YOU DON’T DESERVE TO OWN HORSES IF YOU DON’T WEAR A HELMET!!!
Some people are like that – I’m not.
I recognize it’s a choice, but the choice I make is to do the best I can to protect my head. My head keeps my husband from having to feed me (except when he cooks dinner on late barn nights… that can continue please) and take care of me. My head keeps me employed.
Truthfully, I used to not wear a helmet often (before I deeply considered what it would do to my family if I could not work anymore). My reason was that I trusted my horse. I’ve heard this from other people too, so I know I’m not the only one.
Simon and I have a good partnership, even though it’s early, and I trust him a lot.
I trust him to trip and stumble when the ground is uneven or his feet are due.
I trust him to over jump strange fences that he’s a bit leery of, which may or may not pop me out of the tack enough to go flying out of the saddle.
I trust him to spook if a barn swallow swoops at him, or a horse in a near by pasture abruptly takes off galloping.
I trust him to step on a hollow piece of ground and go somersaulting forward head over heels (this has actually happened to me on a different horse, and yes it was a bad fall).
I trust him to make an abrupt, major leap out of the way if an out of control horse is about to run into us.
I trust him to be a horse and have a mind of his own from time to time.
I trust that accidents happen.
I trust the safety of my head to an approved helmet.
Have you had a fall or situation before where your good trustworthy horse proved that wearing a helmet is a good idea?