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post #1 of 8 Old 03-04-2013, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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What kind of helmet did I just buy?

Hello! I am a beginner rider. I was shopping around in a thrift store when by chance I saw what looked like an English riding helmet. It was only $20, so I bought it.
After I bought it (go figure) I noticed it had a tag that claimed it offered no protection in case of a fall.
The brand is International Riding Helmets. Can someone help shed some light on what type of helmet this is? Tag says a hunt cap, but I guess I really want to know is if this has any use to a beginner like me?
Also, it does not have chin straps. Can these be added or was it made like that? I have attached pictures. I know next to nothing about riding equipment, so I apologize if any of these are obvious questions.
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-04-2013, 05:52 PM
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It's a very old hunt cap and as stated by the warning on the label, offers NO protection whatsoever to your head in a fall.

If you paid $20 for it, you got ripped off. It's essentially useless for anything except decoration or maybe as part of a Halloween costume.

IRH is a well known brand, but that helmet should never be worn while riding. Even if it were an approved helmet, it's far too old to offer any protection. It indicates that it was manufactured in 1997; well past the 5 year mark where even an approved helmet should be replaced if it's never been in a fall.

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It's a very old hunt cap and as stated by the warning on the label, offers NO protection whatsoever to your head in a fall.

If you paid $20 for it, you got ripped off. It's essentially useless for anything except decoration or maybe as part of a Halloween costume.

IRH is a well known brand, but that helmet should never be worn while riding. Even if it were an approved helmet, it's far too old to offer any protection. It indicates that it was manufactured in 1997; well past the 5 year mark where even an approved helmet should be replaced if it's never been in a fall.
Ok, thanks for clearing that up. I should've guessed that any "helmet" at a thrift store would not be good. Lesson learned!

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Not quite right.

It's an old fashioned hunt cap. Even though it might be hard-shelled, it wouldn't comply with most modern safety standards (which include attachment methods as well as protection) so legally they have to advise you it's unsuitable for riding.

Plenty of showing competitors in the UK ride in this type of hat (Google 'Charles Owen Beagler').

Personally, I might use one for showing horse in-hand (except I have a soft bowler) but I'd think twice about riding in one. That's not to say you can't - some protection is better than none at all.

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It's 16 years old unclear, which makes it an OLD hunt cap. So even if it were an approved helmet, it's long since past the time it would be safe to wear. May as wear well a ball cap.

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Its a hunt cap. A lot of Hunter Under Saddle riders at the stock breed shows will wear one. It is basically a fancy hat. I would never wear one personally. You can get nice schooling helmets in the $50 range. They are safety tested and approved. You can never put a price on your brain. Also please for the sake of your head never buy a helmet second hand. Never ever ever. Even if it looks to be in the best of shape. There is no way of knowing it hasn't been in a fall.

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I would not buy a used helmet, as stated earlier, a helmet needs to be replaced if ever in a fall and you have no idea of the history of a used helmet.
I have broken a perfectly good helmet by dropping it from my hand onto a concrete floor.

They do make nice decorations.
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It's 16 years old unclear, which makes it an OLD hunt cap. So even if it were an approved helmet, it's long since past the time it would be safe to wear. May as wear well a ball cap.
Ah - I disagree. You're comparing a modern helmet, which relies on foam padding plus shell for protection, with an older design using shell and cradle. Replacement recommendations for the former are based on assumptions of 'average' use (and storage conditions) and this hunt cap has obviously rarely, if ever, been used. The date may even be one of patterning rather than actual manufacture.

Before BSI/ASTM/SEI I rode in a cap of similar design for years, latterly with separate chin harness attached. Modern helmets are much better, but I guarantee a baseball cap would give you no protection from a flailing hoof, which the hunt cap would.

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