Maximizing Safety: What You Need to Know About Helmets
Why is a horseback riding helmet important?
A horseback riding helmet is a crucial piece of safety equipment that protects the rider's head in case of a fall or accident. It is designed to absorb the impact and reduce the risk of head injuries, including concussions and skull fractures.
Choosing the right horseback riding helmet
When selecting a horseback riding helmet, there are several factors to consider:
- Fit: The helmet should fit snugly on the rider's head without being too tight or too loose. It should sit level on the head, covering the forehead and the back of the skull.
- Certification: Look for helmets that meet safety standards such as ASTM/SEI certification. This ensures that the helmet has undergone rigorous testing and meets the necessary safety requirements.
- Material: Helmets are typically made of lightweight and impact-resistant materials such as polycarbonate or fiberglass. Choose a helmet that provides adequate protection without compromising comfort.
- Adjustability: Opt for a helmet with adjustable straps or harness to ensure a secure and comfortable fit. This allows for customization according to the rider's head shape and size.
Proper care and maintenance
To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your horseback riding helmet, follow these care and maintenance tips:
- Cleaning: Use a mild soap and water solution to clean the helmet's exterior. Avoid using harsh chemicals or solvents that may damage the helmet's protective coating.
- Storage: Store the helmet in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Avoid placing heavy objects on top of the helmet, as it may cause deformation.
- Replacement: Replace your helmet if it has been involved in a fall or accident, or if it shows signs of wear and tear. Helmets should be replaced every 5 years, even if they haven't been subjected to any impact.
Investing in a high-quality horseback riding helmet is essential for every rider's safety. By choosing the right helmet, ensuring proper fit, and maintaining it correctly, riders can enjoy their equestrian activities with peace of mind, knowing they have taken the necessary precautions to protect their head. We are happy to help fit you with the perfect helmet and offer a wide variety to fit everyone's preference.