Equestrian Riding Helmets For Men
There are several factor one needs to consider when riding horses, for instance equestrian riding helmets, and other riding gear are important items. Riding a horse is similar to riding a motor bike you need to wear the correct protective gear. The first thing most people ask do you need to wear a riding helmet; the answer is most definitely. There are many comfortable and attractive equestrian riding helmets for men and women available.
A single fall from a horse can result n a cracked skull which in turn can result in permanent brain damage. Statistics have shown that 60% of equestrian accidents resulted in head injuries and even death. Regardless of disciplines the equestrian helmets that have been approved by the American Medical Equestrian Institute can reduce and prevent a rider from sustaining head injuries.
Reports have shown that in Europe equestrian accidents have dropped by around 46% when riders began making use of helmets regularly. There are several different styles of helmets for the varied equestrian disciplines such as racing, show jumping, English or Western and more. There are dress helmets that are suitable for showing which are usually covered in velvet, as well as sports helmets used for hacking and schooling and many others.
A good equestrian helmet should sit level on top of the head around one inch above the eyebrows. The helmet should not shift when you shake your head and should be totally secure as well as fit comfortably. The chin strap should also fit securely. The most important criteria are that the helmet is ASTM/SEI approved. One cannot make use of other helmets such as those used for cycling, skiing etc as they are not designed to protect a rider.
An equestrian helmet can be purchased from feed stores, tack stores and saddleries. You can also go online and visit the many websites that stock equestrian saddler and tack. It is not advisable to purchase second hand helmets as they may not fit properly and may not be suited to your particular discipline.
A good quality equestrian helmet can cost around $40 upwards. A riding helmet should be replaced, should have had a fall or if the helmet should crack. Most manufacturers will replace your helmet free of charge within a certain time limit. Remember a helmet should fit comfortably even after riding for a few hours. Bear in mind that the helmet sizes differ for women and men.