“So six months ago yesterday this was me.
THANK GOODNESS I was wearing a helmet. I very well might not be here today to post this if I hadn’t! It’s unsettling to me to still see so many people (mostly professionals) not wearing helmets, and having the gall to post pictures and video on social media without helmets. Yes, to each their own. Yes, your safety, your call. Yes, this is my opinion. But take this into consideration – if you are a professional, there is likely more than one rider out there who looks up to you. They want to be like you. Ride fancy horses like you. Look pretty on a horse like you. Get good scores like you. So they wear the same breeches, or ride in the same saddle. If you’re sponsored by a company, they buy that product. Not in a stalker-ish fan-girl way, but in an innocent way where you subtly influence the actions and decisions of others because you, a professional, are a public figure in our industry. So when you don’t wear a helmet and you post a video to YouTube of you riding without your helmet, someone is going to watch that video and say “oh, so and so doesn’t wear a helmet, so it must be ok, I don’t need to wear mine” or “oh, so and so doesn’t wear a helmet and they look so cool while they ride, I want to look like them so I won’t wear mine.” Guess what. That person doesn’t wear a helmet because they were subtly influenced by you, and they get injured as a result. Not cool.
Helmets are like cigarettes and seat belts. Sure, you’re taking your life in your hands and risking your own safety, not hurting anyone else, so it’s no one’s business but yours. But that’s not the case. You indirectly hurt others.
Stop the madness. Wear a f***ing helmet #straponeon
You never know when a baby horse is going to overreact and their antics cause them to lose their balance. This was a horse I never thought would hurt me, as this horse was too kind and had never unseated me. Did you know you can keep your seat even while in the air and with a horse on top of you? Yup #helmetsavedmylife”