I am a horse trainer and coach and have always made my junior riders wear helmets and strongly suggested my adult riders should. One day I was called out to ride a Percheron (ex-runaway) that was for sale and some one had fallen off of him. I was not concerned, he was a good boy, but as I put my foot in the stirrup I thought to myself, “if I had a helmet right now, I’d put one on.” The ride was luckily uneventful but on the way home I stopped and bought a certified helmet. My first few were Troxel and now I have a Tipperary. I like the extra coverage at the base of my skull. I have worn one ever since.
I spent a week riding with reining and cutting legend “Al Dunning” down in Arizona, that’s where the picture was taken. I was the only rider who wore a helmet. I even got to warm up horses for him at a big cutting and once again I was the only rider who wore a helmet. No one questioned me on it but I definitely stood out. I think some people assumed I wasn’t a very good rider. Ha, fooled them.
My proudest moment was when two of my trail riding students, husband and wife, followed my example and bought helmets even though their friends don’t wear them.
Trish Hyatt, trainer and coach