With yesterday being International Helmet Awareness Day (fitting for Tevis Cup race day) I’ve seen lots of posts all “for” the wearing of helmets. Interesting that non one takes the time to blog on all the reasons NOT to wear a helmet. I am also on the side that believes every ride should find a helmet on the head, but it is a personal choice and I don’t cringe or judge when people don’t wear them.
At least I don’t usually judge. This weekend, while spectating at the local Junior Rodeo Championships I noticed that NONE (except for one) of all those kids were wearing a helmet. Now maybe this judgement came from the fact that it was so fresh in my mind from all the wordpress media helmets have been getting, but still some of these kids were small. Like really small, like couldn’t reach the stirrups small, out there cantering around, hoping of the horses and generally just being amongst the livestock all with unprotected skulls. It bothered me. It really did. As an adult, make the choice you will about head protection but please put a helmet on those junior fragile noggins.