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  1. #1
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    Horseriding helmets

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    I haven't been on a horse in 20 years. No lie. I just realized the last time I was on a horse was a 3-day horse trek in 1991.

    Sheeee-it.

    That's too long. Right now I'm debating between working on a motorcycle endorsement or getting to the point where I feel confident on a horse. I need to learn and get involved doing SOMETHING p.d.q. (I'm leaning toward the horse.)

    My question of the hour is: does a bike helmet work as a riding helmet? I had a nifty head injury from a bike crash, and I am not ashamed to wear a helmet on a horse nor on a bike. My Bell Citi fits me very well, has a rounded back, and looks a lot like the horse riding helmets I see on the interwebs. However, it is brilliant lime green. Do horses see in Hi-Vis? Would screaming lime green freak them out? Does a bike helmet protect the noggin in the same way as a horse riding helmet?

    Teach me, oh horsey babes of TE!
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    Hey, i ride! Used to ride jumpers now I've cut back to low key flat stuff due to pregnancy. Get back on. You won't regret it. Horses are absolutely incredible animals.

    I won't get on a horse without a helmet. In my equestrian helmet collection, I have a GPA, a Charles Owen, and a Tiperrary. The biggest difference I notice between them and my bike helmets is the coverage in the back. They come down much lower on my skull than my bike helmet. My riding helmets also have more substantial harnesses than my bike helmet. Despite the differences, I wouldn't hesitate to get on a horse with a cycling helmet over no helmet at all. No frills schooling, but approved equestrian helmets can be bought inexpensively if you decide to keep riding.

    Don't worry about the lime green. No guarantee the horse won't mistake your green clad head for a tasty apple though....

    If you do ride, an update is a must!

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    Cycling helmets aren't rated for horse-back riding. I have a nice Troxel helmet I got from a local tack shop (LTS!). It was 40 dollars about 4 years ago.

    I think they provide much more coverage, and the angle of a fall from a horse is quite different that what you'd get from a bike. I wouldn't try a cycling helmet.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    I know nothing about horse riding helmets, but biking helmets are only required (Refer to: http://www.bhsi.org/testing.htm ) to protect the head from a 2 meter (~6 foot) fall on a flat surface and a 1.2m fall on a more pointed surface. I'd guess that you'd be higher than that on a horse. Regardless, a biking helmet would be better than no helmet at all.
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    Here's what the BHSI has to say about it:

    http://www.bhsi.org/other.htm

    Short answer: don't.
    Trying to live every day as though it were my first

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    Quote Originally Posted by KnottedYet View Post
    I haven't been on a horse in 20 years. No lie. I just realized the last time I was on a horse was a 3-day horse trek in 1991.

    Sheeee-it.

    That's too long. Right now I'm debating between working on a motorcycle endorsement or getting to the point where I feel confident on a horse. I need to learn and get involved doing SOMETHING p.d.q. (I'm leaning toward the horse.)

    My question of the hour is: does a bike helmet work as a riding helmet? I had a nifty head injury from a bike crash, and I am not ashamed to wear a helmet on a horse nor on a bike. My Bell Citi fits me very well, has a rounded back, and looks a lot like the horse riding helmets I see on the interwebs. However, it is brilliant lime green. Do horses see in Hi-Vis? Would screaming lime green freak them out? Does a bike helmet protect the noggin in the same way as a horse riding helmet?

    Teach me, oh horsey babes of TE!
    I would get a helmet for the purpose. I understand your need to do something else - horses are great (that was my livelihood and hobby for many years). They are, however, pretty expensive! If you are thinking about buying your own, get ready, you will have no time for anything else! You can't just park them in the garage and leave them alone when you get busy!

    However, motorcycles, you can!

    I used to keep my horse up at Lorimer's at the top of Oakland Hills when I lived in the Bay Area. It used to be pretty nice, but I know it has changed ownership since I lived there. You might try lessons there and see if you like it.

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    Here you go. They also have some close-outs for 49 dollars, but they are available only in small and large. (I wear medium. Seems like you mentioned your size as medium once, and the head circumference sizing is similar to bike helmet sizes.

    Of course, I got to try mine on in a shop. I'm happy to report that the Troxels seem to fit oblong heads.

    Edit: I have this model in navy. It's a good helmet. Plus quite stylish with the Percheron horse design. (That was my horse, I did beginning hunter-jumping before I had to stop due to an unrelated knee-trauma that landed me on crutches for 6 months!). When I rehabbed, I switched to cycling. But I do want to get back into equestrian someday! Well, the horse belonged to my instructor, and when she moved she took my horse with her! !!!

    It does mention something about 'youth' sizing, but I don't have a small head, so not sure.

    My instructor was quite partial to Troxel for the safety ratings. At the age of 36, she'd been riding for about 33 years. She knew her stuff.
    Last edited by Muirenn; 10-01-2011 at 07:15 AM.
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    Thanks you, everyone!

    Ok, I will buy an equestrian helmet. The stable where I am thinking of taking lessons only requires them for people under 18 years old and does have them to rent.

    I'd prefer to have my own, and it looks like I can get them fairly cheap all the way up to stupid expensive - just like bike helmets! Thanks for the testing standard number, Oak. I'll be sure I get one that has the sticker. Muirenn - I will look for a Troxel. Oblong heads FTW!

    Spoke - Not buying a horse, no way! I'm planning to take lessons for a while.

    The stable also leases horses. Can't take a horse out into the nearby horse park without a serious commitment, not just an hourly-fee jaunt, and only a limited number of people are allowed to lease each horse. I have a feeling their horses are probably better off than the hourly-fee ones. So if I decide I want to expand out from lessons at the stable to riding on the trails, I can get a lease-share of a horse.
    "If Americans want to live the American Dream, they should go to Denmark." - Richard Wilkinson

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    I just looked at that helmet again. They have adult s,m,l, and also a special youth size available.

    I think my instructor had something against some of the other brands, they hadn't passed certain safety standards,...? Not sure really. But Troxel is excellent.

    When you actually hold a helmet in your hands, you'll be able to detect the vast difference between the protection offered in a horse-back riding helmet and a cycling helmet.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

 

 

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