Horse riding helmet safety standards are there to ensure that you get the protection you need when you ride a horse. There are many things that can go wrong while riding, be it a horseback rider, an amateur rider or someone who rides on a regular basis. The main parts of the body that are covered by the helmet include the face, the brow, the chin and the ears. This is important as any part of the face could be injured if contact is made with the helmet and any other part of the head exposed. Any open sores or cuts in these areas will result in a horseman’s helmet falling off during the ride.
When a horse is hit by anything, it feels like a bone so you need to have the proper padding in place to cushion the impact. Horse riding helmets that don’t fit well or don’t have the right padding are not suitable for this purpose. If you don’t have the proper padding in place, it’s easy for the impact to crack open your visor. This is a very common accident and you would do well to avoid it if at all possible.
Why Safety Standards?
Safety standards ensure that the helmet protects the rider from injury in case of an accident. Any loose straps or pieces should be secured before putting on the helmet. Loose straps can be a problem as they can hang down and cause injury to the rider. Many times the rider puts on the helmet and the strap runs through the back of the helmet and hits the back of the face. This is a very common problem with cheaper helmets but can also occur with expensive helmets.
Wearing a proper helmet can make all the difference when it comes to avoiding an accident and causing injury to yourself or others. Horse riding helmets differ from those used for cycling and motorcycling. In a horseback environment a good helmet should hug the skull and not ride up over the ears. The cheek pads on a modern helmet are made to minimize noise but also act to protect the rider from bruises. A good helmet should have the ability to withstand impacts of up to 200 km per hour and meet other safety standards.
You might think that all the equipment you need for horseback riding horses has to be expensive. On the contrary, horse riding helmet safety standards have made some headgear items much more affordable. There are many manufacturers who have reduced the weight of the helmets so they are not excessively heavy. At the same time, the padding has been improved so they now offer a real sense of security. For example, some horse riding helmet brands have taken the safety ratings a notch up.
Some names that you might recognize are Smith and Nephew, Kona, Bell & Ross and Piranha. These manufacturers not only build good quality helmets but also make other horse riding related equipment such as horse riding tack. They sell everything from saddles and stirrups to lunge whips. If you don’t want to ride a horse, you can still enjoy riding in a motorized version. Most motorized horse riding accessories are also developed to meet the current horse riding helmet safety standards.
When riding a horse, you will inevitably come into contact with some hazards that a helmet simply cannot cover. One such thing is an eye injury which is usually caused by a bad falling accident. Horse riding helmets do not cover the area in front of the eyes, so this is where most peripheral vision is lost. This is why it is always important to wear a helmet that covers the entire head and face.
In recent years there have been some radical attempts by some manufacturers to produce a carbon fiber horse riding helmet that would meet the current helmet safety standards. This was however a hit to the manufacturers of other equestrian equipment as well as riders. Horse riding accessories like saddles and stirrups also have to make a lot of changes in order to stay up to date with new helmet regulations. It has become such a hassle for manufacturers that they often find it cheaper just to make the parts necessary to allow their equipment to continue working in style without any safety concerns. This is good news for riders as it makes the products available to them much more affordable than they once were.