Buying a helmet - Page 3 - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 24 Old 09-14-2008, 07:02 AM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: South Wales
Posts: 1,128
• Horses: 0
What a brilliant trend :) The truth is, hats are far less of a bother than people think they are. Like you said, all the fussing comes when you're on the ground - once you're on the horse, who has time to worry about their clothing or hat unless it's giving them pain? It's one of the reasons why I use physical activity to relax: you absolutely have to disengage your mind from whatever you're worrying about and focus utterly on the horse.

When it comes to the strap ... it is a tiny bit safer to have a loose strap than a loose helmet, but obviously both ought to be snug. You could just leave it unclipped while you're on the ground so it doesn't bother you there.

If you believe everything you read, better not read.
Japanese Proverb
claireauriga is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 24 Old 09-14-2008, 09:28 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 10,620
• Horses: 5
It took me awhile to get the chin strap adjusted correctly too. I still have to mess with it. I don't have it snapped in the photo, we were home and about to dismount.
I usually wore some sort of hat, cowboy or ball-cap. so a helmet wasn't a huge leap.
Thanks everyone for the winter cat burglar thingy suggestion. I must have one now.


"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France
Vidaloco is offline  
post #23 of 24 Old 09-16-2008, 09:07 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Missouri
Posts: 6,004
• Horses: 0
I must confess that I like the turkey feather head saver so much that I have decided that it will be my next horsey purchase!!!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

1 Chronicles 28:20








Dumas'_Grrrl is offline  
post #24 of 24 Old 09-20-2008, 09:28 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 12,203
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by claireauriga
Get the cool one, that's the most important. You can always make it warmer later. Before I started lessons, I'd ridden in February on an estuary in biting wind and drizzle. Nothing like what you experience, I imagine, but tough enough for us Brits! To keep my head warm, I used a couple of what my family call neck-scarves. They're those tubes of fabric you pull over your head and leave round your neck as a scarf. We have very thin ones, so I pulled one up until the end was vertically around my head, under my chin, and covered my ears, and then I put the hat on. The other one I was wearing, I pulled up to my chin. It worked wonders.

You can tell how safe a hat is by what safety standards it meets. In America you'll be looking at ASTM F1163; here in the UK you want a hat kite-marked to BS EN 1384 or PAS 015:1998. Above and beyond that, you pay extra for things like it being lightweight or having fancy features or looking good.

The most important thing for hat safety, though, is that it fits properly. There should be no areas of greater pressure or you'll get headaches, and it should be snug enough that when you move the hat, the skin of your forehead moves with it. I was always trying hats that were too big until I got properly fitted. Get yours properly fitted if you can. If you want to buy online cos it's cheaper, go into a tack shop first, find the model that fits and find out what size you need, and then go home and order it.
Interesting points made, not things I had ever thought of. Well said! As I already mentioned, just make sure it's an approved helmet to make sure it's safer. Also per teh advice posted above, you can always get those winter helmet covers so it's excellent advice to get something that will keep you cool as you can dress yourself up.
my2geldings is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome