In recognition of international helmet awareness weekend – our favorite #mindyourmelon posts!
When I took my spouse riding for the first time, he was terribly embarrassed about the helmet ordeal. His grandfather and many generations prior had been cattle ranchers, and helmets weren’t part of the look.
My husband also happens to be an avid mountain biker, and I said, “If you saw someone heading down a steep slickrock trail on a bike with no helmet, what would you think?” I asked.
“I would think that guy is an idiot,” he responded. Long pause. “Oh.”
A lot of helmet use – across sports – is engrained in the sport’s culture. Sometimes it happens right away, and sometimes it takes years for the culture to shift to what safety technology is available to them. Every time you wear a helmet at home – during flat lessons, during jump lessons, during warm-up – you’re setting an important example for your community and changing the sport for good. In time, it will become unthinkable not to wear them.
Here’s a few of our favorite #mindyourmelon photos and stories from Helmet Awareness Day – Enjoy, wear that brain bucket, and Go Jumping!
"Id rather go naked than ride without a helmet" This campaign is one that is particularly close to my heart. The idea of the campaign is to raise awareness about traumatic brain injury and the importance of wearing a helmet every single time you sit in the saddle. The reason I decided to strip naked in the cold today is in the hope that even if i can make just one rider consider the dangers of riding without a helmet-even just for 5 minutes, then I've achieved my goal… because I know first hand what it's like recovering from a brain injury as a result of a fall. In 2009, I had a fall that left me with 3 bleeds on my brain. I was wearing a helmet and I was still left with these injuries (I've attached a hospital summary for those interested). I can say 100% that wearing a helmet that day is the reason I'm still alive today. The horse I fell from was quiet and it wasn't his fault, he just slipped. It was a long recovery and something I wouldn't wish on anyone. I was forced to quit riding because I couldn't risk another impact to the head, I missed school, social events and was petrified I'd never fully recover. I was so lost without being able to ride and it was a very long six years out of the saddle. Starting again at 22 after a 6 year break has been like starting from scratch. Not only did it take a toll on me but also my Mum. She was there for me every step of the way, but without a helmet on she could have been attending my funeral instead of my hospital bed; remember the impact your choices make not just on you but also your loved ones. So please, if ever you find yourself thinking "he's chill, it'll be fine," or "it's only 5 minutes, nothing will happen," please reconsider-because all it takes is one tiny thing to go wrong, and had I have used any of these excuses-I would have died that day. You only get one brain, so look after it ❤ #nakedchallenge2017 #helmetawareness
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Helmet awareness in equestrian sport is one of the most important things to call attention to. Vicki Wilson is one of those role models worth using as a shining example of this. She participates in cowboy challenges, a massive no-helmet boys club. She wears her helmet, and she wins. Someone like this is sure to have had comments made in her direction about her choice to wear a helmet amongst the cowboys. But who cares! She's so above all of that! 😍 #vickiwilson #helmetawareness #helmetawarenessday #equestrian #horsetrainer #cowboychallenge #equestrian #wearahelmet #horse #horses #horsesofinstagram #horsemanship
Bad news is, I went for a tumble on Saturday. Good news is, Leo's okay, and I'm okay, very much in thanks to my helmet and vest that helped keep my head and body protected when I hit the ground. No matter how much you prepare for it, shit still happens. But by being prepared by wearing an approved helmet and body protector things were much better than they could have been. After a number of hours at the hospital, I'm happy to be walking away with a swollen ankle and a bit of a headache. #helmetawareness #safetyfirst #eventing #harnessracing #highspeedfootinginspection #gpsambassador @charlesowenhelmets @tipperary_equestrian
Just a reminder, on International Helmet Awareness Day, to wear your helmet, every ride. Still not sure how I didn't fall off here. This was back in June 2014 (when Baron was just 4) He tripped, stumbled & went down while cantering. Thankfully, we were both fine, but as with anything to do with horses – you never know #mindyourmelon #samshield #wearahelmet #internationalhelmetawarenessday #helmetawarenessday
International helmet awareness day! Wear your helmet EVERY – RIDE. Use your brain and wear it! I have once made an unplanned dismount from the most calm and reliable horse but guess what? He tripped and we both went down… luckily I was wearing a helmet, even thought a good reality check. I never ride without my helmet ever since! #mindyourmelon #helmetawarenessday #internationalhelmetawarenessday #kepitalia #kepitaliaNL#bettersafethansorry #protection #dressagehorsesofinstagram #horsesofinstagram #equestrian
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