Governor of Florida signs into law that all children under the age of 16 must were helmets. Similar to the youth-helmet law for riding bicycles, Nicole's Law requires horseback riders 16 and younger to wear a helmet when riding on public roads and rights of way and while taking riding lessons. Rodeos, parades and private property are exempt.
Nicole's law is named after 12 year old Nicole Hornstein who was riding a horse when the animal stumbled and fell, tossing her, and her head slammed into the pavement. She wasn't wearing a helmet, died in 2006 after 20 days in a coma.