There's an issue in the riding world that can really heat people up, an issue that shouldn't even be an issue in my opinion. It's the issue of helmets. Since I've been riding I've worn a helmet whenever riding horses....wait let me correct this a bit, not always. I like, many other riders, sometimes opted not to wear a helmet for certain situations, such as when going on one of those wrangler led western trail rides. I scold myself now the more I think about it. Whenever you are on a horse you should wear a helmet, I don't care if it's a slow-pokie-walkie western trail ride or a Grand Prix dressage test! Anything can happen on horseback whether you've ridden for a week or ridden for 30 years. Courtney King-Dye was a Grand Prix dressage rider and earlier this year fell off a horse she was riding when he tripped....anyone ever been on a horse that tripped while walking? Um yeah...hello! She cracked her skull, went into a coma and has now just been released as an outpatient. She is undergoing therapies of all kinds, has seizures and other issues...remember brain injuries don't mend like a broken bone!
|He's wearing a helmet and the brim helmet shade makes it look more "traditional" Genius!!! |
Way back in time, when many of our riding disciplines were in their infancy, helmets did not exist. Derby's were worn in English country pleasure because gentlemen in their finest would ride their horses over their homestead/plantation/whatever you call it in England etc. Top hats were traditional for dressage, cowboy hats for western riders. Which brings me on a tangent here. I've read some arguments for and against western riders wearing helmets. First off the traditional attire included a cowboy hat, to protect the cowboy from the elements and sun, gloves to protect their hands, chaps to protect their legs from the leather of the saddle, boots to protect their feet....you see where I am going here? They wore these items to PROTECT themselves. This was before the helmet, so why now that the helmet exists and has for a long time do cowboys not want to continue to increase their protection like they have traditionally? Vanity and tradition are quite apparent in all riding disciplines from Dressage, English Country Pleasure, Western Pleasure to Cutting. Many of these disciplines can be fast paced....barrel racers rarely wear a helmet yet they are running at top speeds. Most English eventers wear helmets and some even wear those protective vests! But alas some people will ride their horse over a course of jumps without a helmet!
|I bet at least one of the many thoughts in this rider's head was "Man I'm glad I have my helmet on!" |
|Just as handsome as a top hat!|