There are many excuses for not wearing a helmet when you ride, but there is no good reason. The quietest and most well-train hied horse can cause injury if he is startled or injured. Ask anyone who has accidentally run over a wasp’s nest on the ground, or has been riding quietly along when a car turned over on him. A helmet won’t make you invincible, but it will help protect the one part of your body that is among the hardest to repair: your brain. Avoid using these excuses and wear an American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)-approved riding helmet every time you ride.
1. You’re willing to take the risk
You might think, it’s my head and I’m willing to take the risk. But, what if your head hits an arena wall, fence post, rock, or hard ground? Head injuries can cause permanent debilitation. Even though it is your head, have you decided who will spend their life taking care of you if you can’t take care of yourself because of a head injury?
If you think you don’t need a helmet, then you should look your son, daughter, spouse, or friend in the eye and say, “I don’t need a helmet, but if I’m wrong, it’s your job to take care of me.