A vet, Jill Butterworth, has started a campaign to raise awareness and to encourage equine vets and others who handle horses and other large beasts to wear a safety helmet, after a friend’s daughter, Bun was almost killed by a kick to the head when turning out a horse.
A British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) study in 2014 showed that being a vet is the most dangerous civilian occupation, and it seems logical that vets and handlers should wear a hard hat to examine equine patients. Handling accidents are known to be just as likely to be fatal as riding accidents. People need to change their mindset and reach for their hat. Horses, even quiet ones, can sometimes be unpredictable.
Attitudes can be changed, hardly anyone rides a horse, bike or even skis without a helmet nowadays, and vets have a responsibility towards themselves and their staff.
At the very least, people should not make others feel foolish if they chose to wear a hard hat.
If you want to find out more, contact Jill.