Ever since I learnt to ride I was made aware of the importance of wearing a helmet...I think I have only ever ridden 3 times without a helmet in the past 10years, and I feel naked without it. I would just not risk riding without a helmet in the event of a fall, and considering even the most well trained and quiet horses are unpredictable due to the flight or fight instinct I think it is extremeley safe and responsible to wear a helmet no matter what horse you're on or what level of riding and experience you're at. I ask this question because my partner who has been on a horse since age 2 has NEVER worn a helmet and absolutely refuses to. He was bought up with the stupid idea that good riders don't need to wear helmets and he thinks it is 'poofy' for blokes to wear helmets. Even though someone we know is in the spinal injury unit in Sydney as we speak and they think he will be lucky to live life outside a wheel chair. This even has not opened his eyes to what can happen. I cannot understand where he is coming from and as of late we're having HUGE fights and debates...I think it is selfish of him to risk his life (potentially leaving me and his family to live without him) when there is a safety option available. Of course deaths and major injuries can occur even with a helmet but not as many as without. For those of you who don't wear helmets, what is your reason?