If there's one thing above all else you need to know about riding is that helmets save lives. But so many unnecessary chances and drive without it. Professional and amateur riders of all different kinds of equestrian risk their lives by riding without head protection. Unfortunately, many know what consequences the hard way.
Both Western and English riding enthusiasts should wear riding helmets. It should not matter if you want to jump the fence or take a slow walk through a field. Head injury from riding can occur at any time, anywhere. The only surefire way to protect them by wearing a riding helmet.
Grab every helmet is not the best way to go about choosing the right protection against head injuries. The helmet must be ASTM / SEI certified, which means passing strict guidelines for the protection of human skulls. Non-certified helmets do not offer adequate protection. Furthermore, your helmet fit snugly to be used. Inexperienced riders should be a trainer or instructor is always cause for advice or ask a salesman for help.
It is essential that the helmet fits your horse properly. Improper an appropriate helmet should not be the maximum protection. Here are some tips to ensure your horse helmet fit:
Measure the size of your head. Place tape measure around one inch above your eyebrows. Always round the measurement to the nearest quarter inch.
Your bike helmet should not move forward or back when touched.
Test your helmet from left to right. It is all fits tightly around the head. If you notice that there is space between your head and helmet down to a smaller size. If your head feels cramped or squeezed in the helmet to the point where it is uncomfortable, try a larger size.
If you have longer hair, pulling it back into a low ponytail at the neck. Customize your helmet chinstrap. preferably'd you really like it fits snug under your chin. Test the helmet rim. It should be about one and a half inch above your eyebrows. If it is higher than that, the helmet will not offer complete protection.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Different brands fit in their own way.
It is important to remember that safety is constantly changing and improving. So even if your helmet meets ASTM standards and sei, can still be traced. Experts recommend replacing your helmet every 4-5 years, though it will never be broken by a fall or other accident.