Helmets are a necessity.  I hate wearing them, but force myself.  Now it’s a habit. Plus the dressage world has become pretty adamant about them.

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It’s a good idea too, when working with an unfamiliar horse on the ground, to wear your helmet.  The horse’s head weighs approximately 10% of its weight, so a 1000 lb horse wields a head weighing about 100 lbs.  Some horses object to what is being asked of them by swinging their heads around…

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