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  • Is a irh medalist helmet better than a obeation deluxe schooler
  • How to clean irh medalist helmet

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    06-09-2012, 01:16 AM
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Foal
Helmet Questions/Help!

I have a few helmet questions!

1.) This might sound silly, but is buying a used helmet a good or bad idea? I found one online, it's a used IRH for $50. It's my size too, 6 7/8.

-I figured I should just buy a new one but I'm very limited on my card (thanks to my wonderful addiction to spending that was supposed to be for college!). I'm just tired of showing up to lessons/trying out horses with either an old troxel helmet for younger kids or a very used/old helmet with no visor. I look ridiculous.

2.) I found a nice IRH Medalist helmet. IRH Medalist Helmet - Statelinetack.com My question here is, does anyone have an IRH Medalist? It strikes me as a helmet that would be used for strictly showing. I need something for both lessons/showing as I'd like to start getting into rated shows come sometime this year. But I don't have the money for two helmets.

3.) What is your favorite helmet brand? IRH, Troxel, Tipperary?

I want to try and get out to the tack shop this weekend and talk to my mom about getting a helmet/possibly have her put towards something like a new IRH. If possible I'd love one by Tuesday when I go to try the warmblood out, so I at least look like I've been riding since I was 9!

-Keep in mind I will be riding at a high-end hunter/jumper stable and hope to do rated shows once I acquire my own horse, whenever that may be. But would like to keep a low-ish price in mind (between $60-$100ish)! *I also don't have $200+ for a Charles Owen, sadly. I wish though!

Thanks!!
     
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    06-09-2012, 02:08 AM
  #2
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A used helmet is a bad idea as you don't know its history. The previous rider might have taken a fall or the helmet might be compromised in some way that isn't visible to the naked eye. Also helmets should be replaced regularly as time goes by. If its used then how old is the helmet? Probably older than recommended I would think.

I worry less about brand than about fit, followed by price and what I am looking for.

I have a helmet that I also used for showing and it was never a problem...you just have to be careful to keep it clean. I never needed one but maybe consider a helmet cover? Definitely keep the helmet in something like a hat bag to keep it clean when you aren't using it. It doesn't have to be something fancy...a backpackers or keeping it in the box it comes in would also do the trick.

Just remember the helmet is for safety-wearing a helmet you may not like is better than brain damage that could occur from not wearing a properly fitting helmet.
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    06-09-2012, 12:02 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by Nitefeatherz    
A used helmet is a bad idea as you don't know its history. The previous rider might have taken a fall or the helmet might be compromised in some way that isn't visible to the naked eye. Also helmets should be replaced regularly as time goes by. If its used then how old is the helmet? Probably older than recommended I would think.

I worry less about brand than about fit, followed by price and what I am looking for.

I have a helmet that I also used for showing and it was never a problem...you just have to be careful to keep it clean. I never needed one but maybe consider a helmet cover? Definitely keep the helmet in something like a hat bag to keep it clean when you aren't using it. It doesn't have to be something fancy...a backpackers or keeping it in the box it comes in would also do the trick.

Just remember the helmet is for safety-wearing a helmet you may not like is better than brain damage that could occur from not wearing a properly fitting helmet.
Yeah I did give it thought, and realized I probably wouldn't want a used helmet anyway because solely for the fact that it was used for someone's head..just kinda grosses me out I guess, lol. Plus you really don't know the history of it.

And I think it doesn't really have to do with the look, so much as I'm curious if there is a brand that is built better and more sturdier than the other.
     
    06-09-2012, 01:42 PM
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I rode yesterday in my old Troxel Grand Prix, which would look good for any showing, but man! Was I hot! My Tipperary is so cool in comparison. I wonder what it would look like with a cheap velvet helmet cover.?

Comfort and safety trumps looks, every time.
     
    06-09-2012, 03:09 PM
  #5
Foal
So I went to the tack shop and ended up getting an Ovation schooling helmet for $55 and it's not a fancy Charles Owen but it will do for now. It fits it's comfortable, and when the time comes I start showing, I'll go back and buy a nicer helmet for showing. The Ovation will be good especially since I'm starting to try horses out until I can afford something really good.
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    06-10-2012, 03:14 PM
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Foal
I like my Troxel Grand Prix- it does get a little hot compared to helmets with vents but meh it's a good helmet and useable in the show ring. My money is tight right now since I'm saving for a new car/saddle lol I'm turned of my old collegiate >.< and I want a nice sporty convertible.... Oh so much money needed :(
     

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