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post #1 of 6 Old 05-05-2012, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Helmets with no straps

So I was looking through my paint horse journal and there was this picture of a horse show line up and the riders had there helmets on...but they were the kind that didnt have the straps on there chins.

What kind of helmet is that? Does it really protect you head? Does it come off easy? It doesnt look like it sits on your head to well. It looks like it was tilted up a little bit.

Why do you see those kinds of helmets in big paint shows?

I found a picture on google of the type of helmet im talking about http://news.horsetrader.com/images/803677B_large.jpg

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So I was looking through my paint horse journal and there was this picture of a horse show line up and the riders had there helmets on...but they were the kind that didnt have the straps on there chins.

What kind of helmet is that? Does it really protect you head? Does it come off easy? It doesnt look like it sits on your head to well. It looks like it was tilted up a little bit.

Why do you see those kinds of helmets in big paint shows?

I found a picture on google of the type of helmet im talking about http://news.horsetrader.com/images/803677B_large.jpg
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Yes it does protect your head if it stays on. Opinions on whether they come off easily are divided, the debate is as hot as the 'should I wear a hat?' debate.

If you have one made for you it will sit on your head better than any hat you have ever worn before because they are made to measure.

Your show classes are different from ours, and your fashions seem to vary too. Suffice it to say that they are worn because a) without a strap the look is cleaner, and tidier or b) they are more traditional or c) they are more expensive or d) because everyone else does.
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I agree with Shropshire Rosie.
I have my hunting caps made for me so they are a tight fit. When expecting problems with a difficult horse I will wear a crash cap with a strap.

Traditionally in the show ring in the UK bowler hats are worn by men or top hats for a championships (with a red coat)
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Those things pass no current safety standards and most are just decorative hats completely unable to offer any level of head injury protection.

They are a fashion statement and no different than a bowler, top hat, cowboy hat, or being bare headed.
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Though I question the safety of those helmets, I do love the differences in each breed classes. In my breed classes, top hats are quite the norm (morgan saddle seat) I don't ride saddle seat, but if I did, I'd still wear my helmet, I'm a safety girl :)

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With Grace makes a good point. You will only find those anachronisms accepted in breed shows.

Any english show (dressage, hunters, jumpers, eventing) rated by the US Equestrian Federation will not allow such a hat to be worn. You must wear a proper helmet certified to ANSI standards by the Safety Equipment Institute or not ride.
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