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    04-30-2010, 05:04 PM
  #11
Foal
Pinto Piny--thanks for the Tipperary helmet info! That's a nice-looking helmet and it's priced reasonably.

Trailhorserider--I'm with you on the paddy hat! I work on a project with a construction site, and there are guy out there who have brims that attach to their hard hats that flare out around their whole heads and protect from the sun. I was hoping there might be something like that for the basic equestrian helmets, but guess not.

KittenVal--thanks for the Troxel info. I will have to go try them on at TSC or something to see which one fits my head best.

Shmurmer4--I really doubt any self-respecting cowboy will wear a helmet, but I have seen them coming out on trail rides in Arkansas and Kentucky, possibly from the endurance riders, and also on kids and young adults coming out with Mom/Dad.

Yukontanya--that's the same hat I posted earlier. It looks great in the pic, but apparently looks huge and silly on someone actually wearing it. But thank you for looking for and posting it for me!

Ooops--Pinto Pony: I missed the shades in your post! That is very similar to the hard-hat shades I see around here. I will have to see if I can order one or make something. Thank you!
     
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    04-30-2010, 07:10 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I love the helmet shades idea! I had never, ever seen that before! They even have a wide-brimmed variety:

https://www.saddleuptack.com/xcart/p...6&cat=0&page=1

Too bad they are a bit pricey though, at around $43 for the big-brimmed version I like. Hmmm. That's something I'll have to think on. But I love the idea, that is exactly what I have been dreaming about! And it doesn't even look half bad. It sounds a lot more plausable than the over-sized cowboy hat without any ventilation.
     
    04-30-2010, 07:42 PM
  #13
Foal
Ou lately I love these: ALL TERRAIN | International Riding Helmets - IRH
I just think they look sooo cool!!!
     
    04-30-2010, 11:44 PM
  #14
Green Broke
I have had my Troxel Sierra for two years now and really like it. It's lightweight and cool. I have it in Tan.
Troxel Sierra Helmet - Western Performance Helmet - Troxel Equestrian Helmets

The Cheyenne just has too much leather for me. I had a Dakota before the Sierra and it did well, though it's a bit plain. I had the plain tan one.
Troxel Dakota Helmet - Maximum Vented All-Trails? Helmet - Troxel Equestrian Helmets
     
    05-01-2010, 12:55 AM
  #15
Yearling
Most trail riders around here ride Western and about a third, I would say, wear a helmet. I bought a foam helmet visor. It was about five dollars. It velcros around the helmet. I can't remember where I got it but I think it was State Line Tack. It is incredibly dorky looking but so soothing on the eyes and face on a sunny day. I have seen some other visors for $35 or more but mine was super cheap and I love it.
     
    05-01-2010, 01:04 AM
  #16
Green Broke
Here are a few visor attachments for you.

Salamander Beak Helmet Visor
EquiVisor® Riding Helmet Visor ~ Fun Colors!
VTO Saddlery: Cashel Helmet Sun Visor - $10!!
Cashel Cap and Riding Helmet Accessories*|*EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM - $12, bigger than the one above.
     
    05-01-2010, 01:07 AM
  #17
Green Broke
Picture of the Cashel "Sunbonnet":
http://americantrailgear.com/pictures3/Sun_Bonnet.JPG
     
    05-01-2010, 01:35 AM
  #18
Yearling
I wish that leopard print one was not so expensive. Someone needs to make them in lots of fun colors!
     
    05-01-2010, 01:43 AM
  #19
Weanling
Though I ride Western I just use my own English helmet :)
     
    05-01-2010, 02:21 AM
  #20
Started
Around here helmet-wearing is about 50/50 for both western and english riders.
I ride both and always wear a helmet. I have a black Troxel Legacy Gold...I guess it's more of an english helmet. I feel like it's suble enough to work for a western rider. Growing up as a western rider I always wore similar englishy looking models until awhile ago when I bought a Dakota in gray. It's another one to check out, it's more of a western style and more subtle than the others IMO, which I like. I prefer even more the smaller size of the Legacy Gold, though. To me the most important thing is that it's small and subtle, not a big flashy thing attracting attention. I'd rather my helmet not be the first thing people notice

All of the western styles suggested on the Troxel website seem nice, as well as the Tipperary. I personally hate the look of the Tipperary, haha, but it seems really popular among western riders.
     

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