04-16-2010, 10:42 AM
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Nope, not a dumb question. I didn't really realize it until it was explained to me by the Clinitian I rode with last Saturday.
Regular hemets have the Bill or the Visor, where Skull Caps do not. The reason being, is that it is a safety reason, which is why Eventers have their own line of helmet.
So lets say a rider is wearing a regular helmet with a "Bill" or "Visor". When and if that Eventer were to come off their horse while out on course, landing face first into an obsticle or the ground or what-have-you...the "Bill" or "Visor" will end up making contact with the object first, causing the riders neck to crane back which can lead to spinal damage.
So with an Eventing Helmet, if the rider were to come off, there will be no "Bill" or "Visor" to make contact first.
Also, without the "Bill" or "Visor" the rider has a much bigger line of vision so that they can see their next fence, and their surroundings far better, than one could with a regular helmet.
So that is why you see many "Hard Core" Eventers while out on course, wearing a Skull Cap due to the safety reason.