Re: night time riding
I look daft when riding out just before dark, as when I leave the yard it will still be light but always get caught after dark coming back into the farm. I will have a Hi Viz yellow jacket, Hi Viz exercise sheet, reflective leg bands, Hi Viz martingale, Hi Viz hat band and even put a head light you get for cycling clipped to the front of my helmet and a flashing red one clipped to the back on the Hi Viz band which shows the cars from a distance that there is something further down the road instead of just turning a corner and "surprise". I even wear the Hi Viz in the day minus the lights! Better to be safe and be seen, I don't care what a wally I look like in the daylight!
As for not wearing a hat, I had an accident on the horse, wearing a hat, I come off the horse, and damaged my back but had landed on my head when I hit the floor. My old hat had 2 hairline cracks in it and Drs said if I had not been wearing my hat, that would have been my skull! I do keep this hat to show ppl on my yard when they think its clever to ride without the hat! Im in my 30's, been riding all my life and in 6 years of having this horse, I fell off, it was the one and only time I come off him. So it can happen to anyone of any experiance!