Interestingly enough, I didn't (and still don't) automatically put on my
helmet when I ride a horse (not exactly the cowboy thing here in rural
Utah), but I wouldn't think of racing my corvette or snowmobile without one.
The day Thumper and I parted company at the top of the wash a month ago, I
didn't have on a helmet. When my head hit the ground lightly--in soft
mud--I was given what I call a wakeup tap. I know what a Closed Head Injury
does to people and their lives.
Believe it or not, I don't think a law suit against ride management will
succeed in this sport (assumed risk is a strong defense) but the FEAR of a
law suit will probably cause change. More importantly, by example, the
children will do what they SEE the leaders in this sport doing (which is a
good reason for pictures of winners in helmets). The real change will come
in the next generation of riders just as it has for motorcycles, seatbelts
and bicycle helmets. So, much as I enjoy the freedom of a bare head and
inspite of the ribbing I will take, I shall wear my helmet. For those who
choose not to wear one, that's okay for you but I would like to introduce
you to a few of my clients and then tell me if you will let your children
ride without a helmet.
Joane and Thumper