Sorry, I’m about to get on my high horse (double meaning intended). I worked in equestrian sport management for 5 years (I was lucky enought to be the CEO of the Australian peak body, the Equestrian Federation of Australia from 1996 to 2001), and I’ve been involved in innury research in the area of eventing for the last 5 years. One of my obsessions is helmets for riders. In fact I’m a woman on a mission.
I KNOW that for almost everyone who rides regularly, who knows their horse, who hasn’t fallen off for years, yada yada yada – I’ve used the same arguments with myself as I rode around an arena for 20 years without a helmet – it’s the same old thing – I won’t fall off, my horse never bucks, I know how to roll when I hit the ground, it’s not as though I’m jumping, it’s a sand arena – you articulate it, I’ve heard it.
It’s all self-delusion folks, and particularly when the justification is used for child riders.
Forgive a passionate diatribe, and it’s probably not totally appropriate on RB, but there’s an audience here, specially through the two equine based groups – PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHILDREN WEAR A HARD HAT WHEN THEY RIDE! Adults can make their own risk assessment, however questionable this may be, but kids are not capable of making these judgements. There are thousands of people in the world who are now suffering the full range of ill effects of falling off, being kicked in the head, etc., without head protection – and there are thousands more WHO ARE DEAD!
It’s classic case of ‘It won’t happen to me’ – but what if it happens to your kid?
Having started this, I’m happy to engage in debate on the topic if people are interested – in fact I’d welcome it! over to you…