Tuesday, June 2, 2009

It's not only about protecting yourself

I admittedly don't wear a helmet when I ride. Like many people, I learned without a helmet, and have spent a lot of time riding without one, so it never seemed all that necessary. Even after my more serious falls, I wasn't badly injured and it never seemed like a big deal.

But recently on another blog, I read a comment that put it into perspective for me: It's not only about protecting yourself. The point of wearing a helmet is also to protect those who depend on you. That could be a spouse or your children, but at the very least it is the horse you are riding.

It never occurred to me in quite this way before. The issue has come up, though — after this fall last summer, when Panama (unintentionally) ditched me into oncoming traffic, I made my mom promise that if something ever happens to me, she would help Michael with Panama's care, so that he wouldn't have to sell him. (It's my income that pays for the horse expenses.)

But of course, isn't it better to wear a helmet and protect Panama — and Michael — from this even happening in the first place?

It's funny how a single comment can put things into perspective. I'm not rushing right out to buy a helmet, but it's on my mind. I probably won't wear a helmet all the time, either, but definitely whenever I take him out on the trail and when I start working on cantering again.

I'm interested to hear from readers. Do you wear a helmet? If so, do you wear it all the time, or only sometimes? What are your criteria for deciding whether you need to wear a helmet?



At June 2, 2009 at 5:19 PM, Blogger Reddunappy said...

My daughters and I always wear helmets when we ride and have for 15 years. I admittedly did not wear one when I was younger. I did have an accident that gave me a heads up, but I didnt start wearing one until the girls started 4-H, and it was required of them, and how could I not wear one and be a hipocrit, it they had to? So we all wear helmets not, I feel naked without it now. We police each other and say "helmet" if one of us forgets one, and we hold out our hand to hold the horse while the person goes and puts one on! Thats how we are safer around our horses.

LOL and my word Verif. is conke, similar to conk your head??? LOL

At June 2, 2009 at 7:44 PM, Blogger jane augenstein said...

I never wore one as a kid, I don't think there were such things back then. I have fallen off Gilly a few time and once I hit my head hard enough to have concussion, I have a helmet and wear it now. My neighbor got it for me on my birthday one year. I really don't like wearing it, they are hot but I don't want my head mashed either so I wear it. Things happen so fast, so, it's on my head for the protection of not only me but all around me including Gilly and Pokey.

At June 2, 2009 at 11:10 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Pam, Blogger is on a roll tonight! I've been seeing some rather appropriate verification words myself.

Interesting that both of you had the same experience I did -- not wearing a helmet when you were younger. I think things are different these days, and safety is more of a concern than it used to be. I never wore a bike helmet as a kid either, and these days you rarely ever see a kid riding without one.


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