Day Twenty Eight: Helmet or no helmet?
HELMET. Hell yes. Every time, every ride. I am always utterly amazed at the number of people who make up insane and ridiculous excuses to not wear a helmet.
My hair will get messed up! Seriously? Your hair is more important than, oh I dunno, your LIFE?? You can easily brush out your locks, but I am thinking it is a bit harder to fix your brain.....or your death.
I am a good enough rider to not wear a helmet! Really? And horses are machines and never spook, trip, or otherwise unseat riders, huh? Yeah, OK, smartypants. Do I even NEED to bring up the big name riders who have fallen off recently???
I have earned the right to wear a dressage top hat with my shadbelly! Hmmm. That's nice. And that top hat could also earn you the right to have a brain injury when you fall off. Now THAT'D be fun!
It is my right to not wear a helmet! Oh yeah? And do you think your family has earned the right to have to care for your crippled a** for the rest of your life? Can you look at your family, spouse, kids, whoever and tell them that while you think you don't need a helmet, if you are wrong, then they have to care for you for the rest of your life??
See, in my opinion, it is not a matter of IF you get hurt around horses, it is WHEN. Horses are big unpredictable animals. I don't care if it is a perfectly trained GP horse or an ancient trail horse who can barely move beyond a walk. Horses can kill you. I just don't get why people balk at the idea of using a very simple, affordable, and painless measure (AKA a riding helmet) that could literally save their life, or at the very least, help them continuing living the "normal" life they are accustomed to.
I am so thankful the USEF has finally passed rules about wearing helmets in eventing and dressage. It was a long time coming and I am glad they did the right thing.
Can you tell I am just a little bit passionate about helmet safety?? LOL! Sorry to offend those of you who like to ride without helmets. To be blunt, but I think you are dumb. :-)