A young woman wearing a helmet showing affection to her horse’s snout

I horse back rode regularly from ages 8–16. I wore a helmet regularly up until those last two years because I was young, dumb, and reckless. I also rode Western just about exclusively those last two years, where helmet wearing is much less common than say English riding. “English vs Western” refers to the style of saddle and type of riding activities you do with your horse if you are unfamiliar with equestrian terminology. “English riding” tends to…