I grew up lucky to have horses in my backyard. Over the years I have worn helmets when dealing with them.
Throughout 4-H, Pony Club, and open shows, to training my horses on my own farm, I am a firm believer in protecting your head as well as taking other safety measures. It is always worth preventing and accident rather than recovering from one.
In my career as a CT Technologist, I have seen the results of many brain injuries, and sadly some were horse related.
Over the years I have witnessed many bad accidents and have also been in a few myself, some of which were horse related.
The last accident sent me to the ER for a Cat Scan myself. I am glad to say I was wearing my helmet when the accident occurred, as always when dealing with horses, and am here to tell you about it. Horses are unpredictable creatures and we owe it to ourselves and those we care about to be as safe as possible when working with them. Even the most bombproof horse can startle and/ or react badly when stung by a swarm of bees.
I really hope to encourage more people to wear helmets. And I'd like to encourage those who wear them sometimes to wear them every time.
Many western or recreational riders do not wear helmets. Many who ride English only wear a helmet when jumping, taking a lesson, or at a show.
Some trainers only wear a helmet when getting on a young horse the first time, and some instructors don't wear them at all.
In carriage driving it is traditional to wear fancy hats in pleasure show competitions and driven dressage.
I feel the Hide A Helmet is a good solution and allows the wearer to be safe and stylish at the same time.
The brim is also functional for recreational equestrians to keep the shade off and remains flexible in case of impact. It is also washable and may be used on many helmets and decorated to the individual's taste.
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