Making Sense Of The Many Choices In A Leather Horse Riding Helmet

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What Are Leather Horse Riding Helmets?

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Leather horse riding helmets are the most popular globally, with women riders outnumbering men four to one. Women love the look of natural animal skin. The cool texture that comes from cowhide is a favorite in women’s fashions, not to mention that it is more comfortable than other kinds of leathers used for apparel and protection. But riding requires protective headgear, and the kinds of leathers that provide the most protection are usually the most expensive. This isn’t an issue for women, though, because all kinds of leather are strong enough to protect a rider against serious injury in a crash. A leather horse riding helmet is one of the essential gears any rider can have, so it makes sense that you should choose one carefully.

Unfortunately, many of the cheaper leathers for helmets are lower in quality. This means that a rider will get more use out of them before they’re finally going to wear out and need to be replaced. Many cheap leather riding helmets are made using cheap leather glued or stitched on by hand, making them affordable but dangerous. When a helmet is not maintained correctly, it may crack, split or become very hot on the inside.

Check The Leather Quality

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Another essential thing to look for is the material that the leather used in your helmet is made from. Lower quality leathers may be more susceptible to stretching out or else could split if the rider was not careful. Higher quality leathers will remain stiff and be less prone to stretching out.


It’s also important to consider your personal needs when purchasing and using a helmet. For example, will children be using the helmet? If so, you might want to consider one of the smaller “boy” models that are available. These helmets fit much tighter than a standard full-sized helmet and are great for small children learning to ride. At the same time, you don’t want a very tight helmet that restricts the airflow through the mask. This can lead to discomfort and even damage to the face and scalp.

Full-Face Helmet

A “full-face” helmet is a popular choice for riders. These helmets cover the entire head and face, except for the brow. If you plan to use your helmet as a protective headgear during competitions or perhaps as a work uniform, then a full-face model would be the most appropriate. Many experts recommend that a full-face helmet be worn at all times, but many riders prefer to use one or two of these models for fun or occasional riding. Regardless of whether you wear a full face or a mini face helmet, the leather or foam covering your helmet will become stained over time and may become unsightly.

Final Thoughts

There are other considerations that you should keep in mind when choosing your leather horse riding helmet. Make sure that your helmet fits tightly and that it provides a level of protection against injury. Don’t skimp on the foam or leather padding inside the helmet – this is an essential feature because it takes a bit of a beating and needs to be protected by something. You’ll also want to pay attention to how easy it is to clean and maintain your helmet.

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