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Recapping 2019

I had many great horsey experiences in 2019!  I am really pleased with how the year went overall; nothing is ever perfect, but both horses are sound, happy, and healthy, which is really what matters to me. Some of my 2019 goals were met easily or with lots of hard work, and a few of them were utter fails haha.  C'est la vie! Let's recap! Happy, health, sound Both mares are doing well in this regard!  Dreamy will be 29 this year, and while she definitely shows signs of her age at times, she overall looks and acts much younger than she really is!  Ellie has really matured this year, filling out as well as mentally becoming more comfortable in her own skin.  As she will be eight this year, I feel like we have moved through the baby phase. having this photo shoot was definitely a highlight of 2019! Continue lessons with Beth and Babette This goal was met and then some!  I took almost weekly dressage lessons with Beth and monthly jump lessons with Babette. Thanks to the

Day Twenty Eight: 30 Day Challenge

Day Twenty Eight: Helmet or no helmet?

HELMET.  Hell yes.  Every time, every ride.  I am always utterly amazed at the number of people who make up insane and ridiculous excuses to not wear a helmet.
My hair will get messed up!  Seriously?  Your hair is more important than, oh I dunno, your LIFE??  You can easily brush out your locks, but I am thinking it is a bit harder to fix your brain.....or your death.

I am a good enough rider to not wear a helmet!  Really?  And horses are machines and never spook, trip, or otherwise unseat riders, huh?  Yeah, OK, smartypants.  Do I even NEED to bring up the big name riders who have fallen off recently???

I have earned the right to wear a dressage top hat with my shadbelly!  Hmmm.  That's nice.  And that top hat could also earn you the right to have a brain injury when you fall off.  Now THAT'D be fun!

It is my right to not wear a helmet!  Oh yeah?  And do you think your family has earned the right to have to care for your crippled a** for the rest of your life?  Can you look at your family, spouse, kids, whoever and tell them that while you think you don't need a helmet, if you are wrong, then they have to care for you for the rest of your life??

See, in my opinion, it is not a matter of IF you get hurt around horses, it is WHEN.  Horses are big unpredictable animals.  I don't care if it is a perfectly trained GP horse or an ancient trail horse who can barely move beyond a walk.  Horses can kill you.  I just don't get why people balk at the idea of using a very simple, affordable, and painless measure (AKA a riding helmet) that could literally save their life, or at the very least, help them continuing living the "normal" life they are accustomed to.

I am so thankful the USEF has finally passed rules about wearing helmets in eventing and dressage.  It was a long time coming and I am glad they did the right thing.  
Can you tell I am just a little bit passionate about helmet safety??  LOL!  Sorry to offend those of you who like to ride without helmets.  To be blunt, but I think you are dumb.  :-)



  1. I'd much rather spend the money for a nice-looking, functioning helmet then have my family spend the money on my being a vegetable (or something less severe, hopefully). Courtney King was in a coma for HOW long? Imagine the expenses for that, PLUS PT, PLUS home care, PLUS people to ride her horses while she was out. And the horse simply tripped at a walk from what I understand! Anything goes!

    But honestly, I have yet to fall on my head (knock on wood). It would be even more sensible for me to invest in a body vest because I always land on some part of my back or torso! Nothing serious yet, though (knock on wood AGAIN). I know in Norway it is mandatory for all competitors in their national showjumping organization to wear a protective vest, even if they're jumping crossrails or on the flat in competition. That might be the next step, at least for showjumping here, I don't think it would be needed for dressage. Not a bad idea, either. And surprisingly, it doesn't look awkward over a show coats.

    Pardon me, I went off on a tangent there!

  2. I agree Bre! And we are already required to wear vests for cross country. I also wear mine for stadium.

  3. Helmet ALWAYS! My brain may not be the smartest one out there, but it is all mine and needs all the protection I can give it. I can live with a little helmet hair, nothing a quick brush can´t deal with.

  4. This, this, THIS!

    Ironically, the word verification on this comment is 'scare'.


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