Why Dappled Grey Always Wears a Helmet
If you’re a frequent reader, you know that Dappled Grey is an equestrian lifestyle blog. We leave the show results and horsemanship how-to’s to other publications that specialize in those kind of stories and focus on style & culture for the equestrian. But that doesn’t mean that riding and horsemanship isn’t an enormous part of our day to day life. And day in and day out, that includes wearing a helmet. Here’s why:
Writing this blog gets balanced with riding and caring for my coming 7 year old Warmblood “Fitch” as well as maintaining a 5 acre farm. All of this gets done with the incredible support of my husband, Mr. Dappled Grey, and it’s because of him that I have not been on a horse without a helmet since 2009. When I backed Fitch that year, it became quickly clear that he was bigger, stronger, and more expressive that any other horse I had ridden. Starting and training him myself, with the help of an incredible trainer, has been a “life’s work” experience – extraordinarily humbling, gratifying, and life changing.
Like any horse & rider pair, we have great, good, and bad days and through it all, Mr. Dappled Grey is right by our side – rooting for us, encouraging us, photographing us (see above) and always backing up my belief in putting our horse first. What can I do in exchange for this kind of unconditional support? Wear a helmet. Plain and simple, this is the best way I know how to respect and show appreciation for his support. Don’t get me wrong: I hate helmet hair and I love the feeling of the wind in my ponytail, but I will never, ever sit on a horse without a helmet again.
Do you have a special reason for wearing your helmet?
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