So you have decided you are going to ride half a tonne of horse which has a mind of its own, is a prey animal so its first response to fear is flight (note: humans are predators) and you decide that wearing a safety helmet is not for you.
Honestly, if you don’t wear a helmet every time you get in the saddle, in my opinion your a bloody idiot.
On my recent trip to Red Hills I was gob-smacked that most event riders, present at Red Hills, did not wear a safety helmet with chin strap when mounted. Instead they wore velvet caps without straps, they were clearly not safety helmets. For one if you have a fall and you have no strap there is a good chance by the time you hit the deck there will be no helmet on your head,
When jumping and during XC they all donned a safety helmet, so they all own one. But for some reason they did not wear them on the flat. Here in Australia, if you are mounted at a competition you must wear a safety helmet with a strap fastened.
So I am very impressed that the campaign Riders 4 Helmets is building momentum.
I have copied this direct from their website
Fact: Wearing helmets can saves lives.
What is our goal?
The goal of the riders4helmets© campaign is simple: to get more equestrians wearing helmets…period.
What is the purpose of this website?
To educate equestrians on the basic facts of wearing a helmet, to promote the helmet wearing campaign on a National level by involving leading equestrians in various disciplines that hopefully encourage an increased use of helmets, and, to provide important links/resources to enable riders to become further educated on the importance of wearing a helmet.
So what can you do?
First up: wear a helmet every time you hop in the saddle, every time!
Second: Visit the website http://www.riders4helmets.com/
This is a great way to finish this blog from the Riders 4 Helmets site again
Jean White, whose article ‘Will You Save a Life?‘ is featured on this website, summed it up perfectly when she said “the better you ride the harder you fall. Beginners fall off. Good riders get launched.”