Close to the stable Mr.Grumpy stays at there is a huge recreational area with a lot of smaller stables surrounding it. I often see many people from these go on hacks with their horses without a helmet on. Generally I think people should do whatever they want, considering its their health their messing with if they fall, however the other day on my hack I came across a riding school on a hack with 10 children and the instructor wasn’t wearing a helmet.
What on earth.
As an instructor your often a person that the children look up to and want to be like. This woman sitting on her horse not wearing a helmet disgusted me. Being such a bad role model. Can you image if this woman had to walk a bit on the asphalt, the horse gets scared, she falls off and the children have the possibility to witness a scattered brain on the pavement. While if she wore a helmet, she might actually be alright. With children involved I truly believe safety should come first.
During the Olympics in Rio the British dressage team decided to make a statement as they all wore helmet/hard hats instead of hats believing they would set a an example for everyone watching. I think its so great that someone on such a big podium tried to show the rest of the world that safety comes before fashion.
With all the different helmets on the market today, there really is no excuse. I could put in loads of disgusting photos of people having fallen of their horses without a helmet on, but I’ll save you the distress, you get the point. Wear a helmet please.