This is a subject that's been on my mind a lot lately though. (and not just because I almost ate dirt the other day! lol)
Once it was thought that only English riders wore helmets.
Why? Are their brains more important? Are their heads softer?
IMO its because 1) the culture that comes with Western riding and 2) because people assume Western saddles keep a rider more secure. But those are just my personal theories.
?? but I think by Troxel as well
I've heard tons of reasons FOR wearing helmets. But I've been hearing more and more, some seemingly reasonable ones, for NOT wearing a helmet.
Things such as:
*Human skulls were designed to crack to release pressure, a helmet keeps that from happening and therefore sometimes injuries are worse. (from a biker)
*There is some evidence that helmet use makes neck injuries worse. (from a fellow barrel racer that works in the medical field)
*That it gives the rider a false sense of safety and therefore people ride past their skill level/take risks they otherwise wouldn't.
What are your opinions? Do you wear a helmet? Why or why not? Are you considering wearing a helmet?
** this post is not meant to influence for/against helmet use**
*photos found online*