Helmet Safety - It's A No Brainer!Most helmets now meet the SEI / ASTM national safety standards established by a certified safety testing organization. While the primary purpose of the riding helmet is to provide safety and protection, designs now offer comfort and styling as well!
High tech fabric liners, engineered front ventilating systems and rear vents help keep the head cooler and more comfortable while riding. Lightweight, durable outer shells in exciting new colors make a fun fashion statement appealing to many riders!The trend continues to feature an adjustable dial fit system. This makes it easy to get a snug comfortable fit which is a most critical factor in achieving adequate protection provided by wearing a helmet. Almost all camp and schooling helmets use a dial system while only a few show helmets are designed this way. Helmets for the show ring are still available in the more traditional run of hat sizes from 6 1/2 to 7 1/2.
Helmets basically cushion your brain if it were to experience an impact with the ground, a jump, a tree, or the like. With its protective polystyrene shell, the inner materials actually compress to absorb the shock that your head would normally take on by itself.
While no safety equipment can protect you 100 percent, helmets certainly reduce the likelihood of severe injury or death. Helmets work.Most deaths from head injury could have been prevented by wearing a well-fitting, secured safety helmet approved by the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) and the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI). A bike helmet is tested and approved for a totally different sport therefore it is not recommended for wear while riding horses.
If you experience a fall, the integrity of your helmet may be compromised. You need to contact your local tack shop or the manufacturer of your helmet so that it can be inspected for damage. Note: A helmet has a lifespan, especially in hotter climates. Even if you do not experience a fall, you need to replace your helmet every 2-3 years. Wearing a helmet is a personal choice. Many riders and trainers never put a helmet on top of their heads, and they have made it through life without a mishap. Are you willing to gamble on yours?