A helmet is only as safe as it fits. A good helmet fit is essential when riding. Follow these simple steps to ensure that your new helmet is effective in the event of a fall.
Step-By-Step to a Great Fit
1. To properly size your helmet, measure the circumference of your head by placing a measuring tape around your head and roughly one inch above the eyebrow. Different helmet manufacturers have different sizing, so consult the size chart for the particular helmet that you are purchasing. Also consider how you will wear your hair in your helmet. If you are planning on wearing your hair up inside the helmet, allow room for this when choosing a size.
2. When you receive the helmet, place it on your head without fastening the harness. If applicable, adjust the dial on the back of the helmet.
3. Make sure the brim is resting no more than one inch above your eyebrows. Gently try to move the brim up and down. If your eyebrows move, your helmet fits correctly from front to back.
4. Next, shake your head side to side, to the left and to the right. The helmet should remain in place.
If either of these tests result in movement, you will want to drop down a size. If the helmet seems to be “perched” on top of your head, you will want to consider moving up a size.
Replacing Your Damaged Helmet
If you fall and your helmet takes an impact, contact the manufacturer to have it inspected. The material inside is designed to absorb impact – once this has happened, the effectiveness of the helmet is compromised. Many helmet manufacturers will replace a helmet that has suffered an impact for less than retail if within several years from the original purchase date.
Helmet Safety Certifications (ASTM and SEI)
On most equestrian helmets, excluding hunt caps that are designed as traditional apparel rather than for safety, you will see ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials) and SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) certifications. Most equestrian competitions require that helmets be approved by these associations to be show legal. Many equestrian helmet vendors, like Troxel or GPA, only manufacture helmets that meet these criteria. Always confirm these certifications, both to ensure that the helmet has undergone testing for safety and that the helmet is show legal.
Finding the Right Helmet for You
Equestrian helmets come in many different styles to suit many different applications. A helmet you will be trail riding in will look much different than one you would show in. Most people can use one helmet for both. Helmets suitable for show, however, tend to be more expensive. English hunt seat riders prefer “skunk” style helmets, such as GPA’s like this one, or velvet covered helmets like this one from IRH. Many trail riders prefer helmets like this one from Troxel because of increased ventilation for summer rides. Asking your trainer is a great first step when deciding which helmet style is right for you. Your local tack shop may also be able to help.
We hope this information has been helpful to you! Be sure to check out sstack.com for our wide selection of riding helmets, tack and apparel.
While searching for inspiration for our upcoming Summer catalog, I stumbled across these fashions from our 1980 spring catalog. Enjoy!
If you need an updated show wardrobe, shop sstack.com for what’s current in show ring attire!
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TuffRider Stretch Fleece Pull On Breeches
Perfect weight for fall and winter, these breeches feature fleece lining to keep you warm on cold days. The outside fabric is smooth to resist dirt. With elastic ankle cuffs and Ultra Grip imitation leather knee patches, they keep you warm and secure in the saddle. Ladies and childrens sizes available, in black and brown. Careful, once you wear these breeches out in the cold you’ll never wear traditional breeches in the winter again!
Sticky Seat Power Stretch Fleece Tights
Want more security in the saddle? Try these Sticky Seat breeches. They have a patented grip seat with authentic Ultra Suede knee patches, and are made of polar tec power 4-way stretch fleece poly/nylon/spandex fabric. The best part about these breeches? They’re made in the United States and the manufacturer donates 10% of their profits to help horses in need.
Previously we shared our favorite winter tops for this season’s outerwear. Today we bring you Schneiders’ favorite winter gloves! (I don’t know about you, but I used to always complain about my hands being cold in the wintertime!)
Mountain Horse Avoriaz Gloves
These gloves are my favorite. They are durable, and the inside hand and between the fingers is reinforced. They feature a warm knitted cuff, with an adjustable wrist strap with snap to keep out the cold and snow. “Mountain Horse” is embroidered on the index fingers, and the top of the hand features a slim reflective strip. Whether you’re doing barn work or riding, these gloves will serve you well.
Ovation Micro-Fibre Gloves
If your looking for an economical glove similar in style to the Avoriaz gloves, check out Ovation’s Micro-Fibre Gloves. They feature a Micro-Fiber exterior with Thinsulate lining, suede palm and finger grips. Schneiders carries both Ladies and Childrens sizes.
This week Schneiders is going to help you dress for cold weather from head to toe! Proper outerwear makes the difference between a pleasant season and a miserable winter. Consider the following so you can enjoy the snow and your horses this year!
Today we’re featuring the best winter tops from several of our favorite retailers.
Ariat Taft Jacket
This jacket has a poly blend shell that is wind and water resistant, contains polyfill insulation and features diamond quilting and ribbed cuffs at the wrists. It features a front zipper closure with traditional pockets and chest pockets. It is offered in blue or gunmetal, in sizes small through xx-large. Style on while beating the cold!
Mountain Horse Regal Down Vest
This vest is one of my personal favorites. The quilted pattern with duck down fill is classy looking and effective when the temperature drops. It has a front zipper closure with an extra-tall collar to block out the wind. Mountain Horse spared no expense when it came to details – this vest features an intricately embroidered crest that traditionalists would die for, and “Mountain Horse” is embroidered across the back of the tall collar. Four color choices, Snow White, Royal Red, Sassy Orange and Carbon Black, ensure that you can coordinate with any wardrobe!
Goode Rider Ideal ¼ Zip Shirt
This close fitting cotton/lycra knit love sleeve shirt is a perfect layering piece for winter. It has an anti-pill finish with a zip-front mock neck. We love the streamlined silhouette, and I personally love the snaffle bit zipper detail. It is offered in White, Winter White (off-white), Olive, Chocolate and Black in sizes small through x-large. It is certainly the “ideal” shirt whether you are riding or out around town.