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    06-04-2012, 07:13 PM
Green Broke
I think a light tap MAY be okay, but really, why ride around with a false sense of security? I don't know about you, but I have a tendency to push myself more when I have my helmet on, because I feel safer in it... therefore I want to KNOW it is safe instead of constantly worrying my whole ride wondering if it is safe....

Did you know there is a fun and educational way to somewhat recycle your helmets? No they can't be used again but.... you can donate them to a local 4H group, or other riding club (pony club, etc)... even if they are banged up. My daughter's got left in the car one day in the summer and it warped and I have a friend who took it to a 4H group to show them what can happen, and then they cut it open and "dissected" the helmet to see what is inside and what is working to keep them safe.....
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    06-05-2012, 11:35 PM
Even if there is no outward damage there can still be internal damage that prevents the helmet from fully protecting you if you were to fall. I personally replace my helmet every time I fall unless I know for a fact my head didnt hit the ground, like the time I landed straight on my butt in a sitting position :p even if your head doesnt hurt and you see no cracks or scrapes, your helmet could have internal ones so you will want to replace it and not ride in it again!!
    06-06-2012, 04:11 AM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Please don't tell someone that, because it's completely incorrect. You don't need to have visible damage for the safety systems to be compromised.

I'd rather buy 3 helmets a year, than not have the proper protection should I take a fall.

Maybe you need a less reactive horse, or more lessons if you fall off that often?
Agreed. My helmet had no visible damage, even though I fell off and landed straight on my head.

A helmet can appear perfectly fine, but the foam inside can be damaged and you wouldn't know it (and would not protect your head as effectively as it should).
    06-06-2012, 06:15 AM
I am very very bad.. I've had my helmet since I was twelve and have not replaced it.

I have a question. What do you do with your "just fell off and must get rid of it" helmets?
    06-06-2012, 06:36 AM
I just got a new helmet after probably 6 years, and multiple falls. Its bad I know, but my brains fine... I think O.O

Anyways, on my new hats lable it says 'the helmet is designed to absorb some of the energy of a blow by partial destruction of the shell or protective padding, or both. This damage may not be visable'

However I think its a little excessive to replace a helmet every time you fall off, especially if you don't fall hard on your head or on a hard surface etc. The manufacturers have to be cautious and tell people to be extra careful about broke helmets so they don't get sued. And, hell, I fell off three times in one showjumping round at my riding school (evil gelding, in a mares field, who had a tendancy to bolt then stop dead, all the jumps stayed up mind... I was going to get that pony round that course even if I died trying!!), they can't really expect you to change helmets every fall?? That woulda been one expensive competition.

Oh and falling 3 times a year is not a lot... 3 times in 10 minutes, well, meby that is a lot XD
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    06-06-2012, 02:09 PM
Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
I'd rather buy 3 helmets a year, than not have the proper protection should I take a fall.

Maybe you need a less reactive horse, or more lessons if you fall off that often?
I fell off probably fifteen times in the first two years of riding... nearly every time because I was doing stupid stuff that the horse thought was inappropriate. Like jumping logs in a western saddle on a trail horse, passing horses on trail rides when they knew better. Riding bareback and not paying attention... putting showsheen on bareback and then attempting to trot. Using a bareback pad and leaning too far over when I attempted to turn and talk to someone.

So I kinda have the logic of "you ONLY fell off 3 times this year????"

Anyways, back to the OP's question.

I replace my helmet once a year, or if there any damage visible to me, like cracks or dented foam before then. Like I noted above, I fall off a lot - and bless those horses for being nice enough to stand and let me back on every time. I kinda weigh out how I fell and if I think I hit my head in the process.... most times I land on my rump, not my head. I go with the logic of if my body hurts, then I replace it.

If I replaced it every time I fell off I think I'd have to buy shares in the company!
    06-06-2012, 02:21 PM
Green Broke
Any time the helmet comes into contact with the ground during a fall, I replace it.

Since I buy mine new and save the receipt, Troxel replaced mine for a minimal fee after I smacked it on the ground during a fall (no visible damage but I wacked it good!).

Helmets aren't exactly the most wonderful thing to wear, so if I am going to go to the effort of wearing the dang thing, I want to KNOW that it's going to do it's job if I should fall.
    06-06-2012, 02:46 PM
We had a clinic at my farm a few years back about helmets and helmet safety. When a rider falls and the head makes contact with the ground and you know your head hit the helmet becomes weakened and no longer guarantees the means to protect the head.
When the helmet cracks its what the helmet is suppose to do. That is the helmet taking the stress of the hit and not your skull. A rider knows when the head has hit hard enough to be concerned for the after use of the helmet. Falling on your butt and then laying back is NOT means to exchange a helmet It takes a contact blow. JMHO

    06-06-2012, 05:56 PM
Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel    

I have a question. What do you do with your "just fell off and must get rid of it" helmets?
I cut all the straps off, I know some people who take to it with a hammer (could be good if your having a not so stellar day) before putting it in the bin.
    06-06-2012, 05:59 PM
Any fall that involves your head at all, even just a dropping of your helmet, should make you highly consider getting a new helmet. Cracks and weak spots may now be beginning inside, and if you were to ever fall again, that helmet may not provide accurate protection. Good luck

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