Another Reason Many Men Are Idiots
This title is a little misleading because I know a great many women who are idiots as well, or at least well on their way to becoming one.
What I'm talking about here is that I get to see a lot of people riding horses. I am one of the few males. Most riders I see in groups are women with probably 1 male for every 25 women. I'd say 95% of women wear helmets when they ride, but I am the only man I ever see wearing one. Sure helmets look dorky, but head injuries look even dorkier. Come on guys, are you that stupid?
I've fallen from a horse three times in the last ten years, once on sand, once in the ocean and once in a swamp. All there times I was on well trained dead broke horses, but I wasn't paying attention and ended up flying through the air. Had the surfaces I landed on not been soft I could have had serious injuries. A log, rock or even pavement could have done me in.
Sure, I was in macho mode for years but at the same time I've seen so many people suffer injuries. I realized that I wear a helmet when I ride my bicycle and when I ride my horse I often going at faster than I go on a bike and I'm higher up. A fall could easily render me brain damaged.
It's funny, but I get a good feeling when I see kids wearing helmets while riding their bikes. At the same time I want to shout at the kids that aren't wearing them. Having had a relative in a rehabilitation hospital where most patients were recovering from brain injuries; I've seen how little it takes to injure ones brain and have a life altered forever.