A friend of mine was riding and had left her barn door open. The horse took off and ran into the barn, and she fell on the concrete, on her head. She then developed 'Jacksonian March' seizures. They start in your little toe, and work their way up to every part of your body, and then you have a whole body seizure. That's when I got very diligent about wearing a helmet. I was working with a horse some months ago and he knocked me over. I hit the ground really hard. I 'tasted the rainbow' (you do get kind of a taste in your mouth). And I stood up and walked away. I would have had a whole lot more if I didn't have the helmet on. At the race track, people have to have their helmet on before they even go into the barn area. Everybody has to wear one, I'm told. Most of the employees at the track drive into the parking lot with their helmets already on. As far as I am concerned, wearing a helmet when leading horses around and working with them is a real fine idea. Rick Gore's irrational blab about wearing a helmet causing people to do stupid stuff...that's nuts, but just plain irrational.