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!