While I was helping Cricket and YR keep it together, Fancy Pony was giving Pony Rides. All by herself!
Not everyone has their own helmet.
So, I loaned them mine!
Cricket started getting a little fussy (as she typically does when the box you set for her gets too small or compressed). YR was getting nervous and wasn't sure how to make Cricket happy again. I asked her, "Do you want me to get on?"
So, I hop up and try to figure out what is bugging Cricket today...
She continued to be a little fussy, but quieted as I insisted nothing was changing and she could relax.
I 'put her in a box' where she will experience increased pressure from a leg or rein depending on how she evades with hips or shoulders. Once she finds the edges, she tends to relax inside the boundaries.
Just as she settled, the wind blew and I realized...
...I wasn't wearing my helmet!
THAT was rectified immediately...
But, it really got me thinking. AGAIN!
YR's mom commented, "Jacq is a real advocate for wearing helmets!"
And, I am! To hear someone say it, though, told me that I really am making a statement. My statement is being heard!
We all sort of noticed it at the same time... I even said, "I just realized that I am not wearing a helmet..."
I felt so naked and exposed!
I put my helmet on, and go about my horse activities! It doesn't come off until I go back into the barn. And THAT is how I got caught riding without a helmet...