International Helmet Awareness Day

So Saturday (the 1st) is International Helmet Awareness Day. I have a helmet. It’s old, and I don’t wear it. I know it is weird for a self-described nervous rider to not wear a helmet, but for some reason that’s been my norm for the last…eleven years?

A Soft Spot for Stars-International Helmet Awareness Day

The most recent photo of me in my helmet. The timestamp I cropped out said 2004. I’ve worn a helmet since then, but only when showing in hunter classes because it is part of the attire. I know that it isn’t safe. I bought a helmet the other day because it occurred to me that my confidence is on the up swing. Just last night I put a halter on Paige, tied the lead rope back to the halter, shoved her against a random lump on dirt in the field and climbed on her bareback.

A Soft Spot for Stars-International Helmet Awareness Day

“Hi, my name is Paige and I make you feel like you’re a better rider than you actually are.”

Of course, Paige is amazing and didn’t do anything silly. Note that my lead rope is totally NOT securely tied to the halter. I fail at helmet wearing and knot tying. But let’s assume that Paige decided that she didn’t want to play pony rides anymore last night. Let’s assume something scared her. If she’d suddenly darted anywhere, I can say with relative certainty I would’ve been on the ground. Paige is great, but my balance on a horse without a saddle isn’t impressive in the slightest, much less on inclines in the field.

With that being said, I like my head. I also like that my brain functions fairly well (despite how I act…). I bought a helmet last week and it arrived yesterday. I didn’t wear it to ride last night because it is too small, which is weird because I tried on a similar one in a small and it fit. Plus I had a friend measure my head and the measurements aligned with the small size in the helmet. There’s a button/screw cover piece that juts into the side of my head on the right side that I think is the source of the issue.

This is the helmet I bought that doesn’t fit. I blame the concho thing that hols the visor on as I think that is where the button/screw cover is.

A Soft Spot for Stars-International Helmet Awareness DayAnd this is the helmet I tried on in a small that fits. No concho/screw cover/lump at my temple.

A Soft Spot for Stars-International Helmet Awareness DayIf you know me at all, you know about my intense love for turquoise. I did think it may be a bit much for even me though. Despite the turquoise being subtle, I feel like it would make me look like a 14 year old girl. hah. I feel like the other helmet says that I have personality without being too loud about it.

So now I’m having the conundrum of do I replace the small beige one with a medium beige one, or do I get the one that I know fits? Or do I go outside of the box altogether and get something different, like this? I have delusions of getting one that I could show in as well, but that adds another level of crazy to this shopping. This one looks like it has potential as far as being able to show in it as well.

I guess I’ll see what kind of sales are happening on Saturday and pull the plug then. I need to return the one sitting in my den as well. Of course I didn’t buy it somewhere that has free returns…ugh…

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