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  • Fell but didn t land on my head shoal I still replace horse helmet

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    09-04-2013, 01:20 AM
  #11
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
If you are not able to make it to a tack shop, and must order online, I have found that in general, Troxel has a shape that fits a rounder head, whereas Tipperary fits a more elongated head. Most of the helmets now have tensioning dials in the back , so very adjustable. I only mention Troxel and Tippearary because those are the only two I have any experience with . They are both fair in quality and price, though I MUCH prefere Tipperary.

I have had mine for about 4 years, had 4 falls, but none of them entailed having my head smack the ground. I always seem to land on my tush or my back.
same troxel didn't really fit and gave me headaches if I wore it for over 45 minutes tipperary fits great, totally depends on head shape
     
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    09-04-2013, 01:22 AM
  #12
Trained
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Originally Posted by Samstead    
you're also supposed replace it every five years
I know you're supposed to change it more often but I don't really have money for one right now unfortunately, since I can't really get a job. But it's not small and it fits very comfortably.
     
    09-04-2013, 01:40 AM
  #13
Foal
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Originally Posted by aussiemum    
Thanks all. I do have another cheaper helmet I got when I first started riding, but I know they all have to meet the standards anyway. Its just not as 'attractive' as my newer one. Think i'll just buy a new one the same as my old one and hubby need never know

To AZRJ, as Delfina said, go and try some one. Some will fit you better than others. Different brands fit different size heads differently! Make sure when you get one though that you take into consideration that the foam/padding inside will compact a little once you start wearing, so get it a bit snug to start with, otherwise you'll quickly end up with a helmet that is too loose. (Learnt that one the expensive way!!)
Thanks so much!
     
    09-04-2013, 01:48 AM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by WesternRider88    
I know you're supposed to change it more often but I don't really have money for one right now unfortunately, since I can't really get a job. But it's not small and it fits very comfortably.
I've felt this way in the past too, but recently threw away a 'perfectly good' helmet that I'd been using for years after realizing that it was probably not as safe as it used to be. Damage to your head sustained by wearing an aged helmet is much more expensive than a new helmet. Forgo latte's for a few weeks, or pack some pb&j and get a new one.
     
    09-04-2013, 02:35 AM
  #15
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After I fell once with my first helmet, it looked fine on the outside and it seemed that all these talks of needing to replace it after a fall are rubbish. Still, I were in for an experiment, so I took it apart to see what's inside. The material there was webbed with small cracks... Then I got curious, how would it last after another hit - placed it on the ground and asked my horse to kick at it (he's trained to kick a ball as a trick). The web of cracks quickly turned into a huge opening in the inside materials. No questions any more, replacing helmet after each fall... I'm a huge fan of Tipperary Sportage, very light, comfortable and ventilated.
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    09-04-2013, 03:43 AM
  #16
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I'm going to jump on the replace it bandwagon your helmet is so easy to replace but your head is not

I'm personally very particular with the helmets that I wear, and the only helmet I will wear is the Dublin Silverline (even in the show ring I swapped out my velvet show helmet for my dublin silverline and still won best presented!!). I find it amazingly comfortable and I can wear it for hours with no problem at all.
I'm so addicted to this particular helmet that I actually have 3 usable ones right now... One that I wear, and two brand-spanking-new-still-in-the-box spares, though I will use one for shows and leave the other as a spare for home.
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    09-04-2013, 04:12 AM
  #17
Foal
Definitely replace it! An internally damaged helmet will provide little protection. My friend was knocked out after a fall while wearing one of my old helmets. It didn't do much to protect her from injury, and she had a massive concussion.
     
    09-04-2013, 04:14 AM
  #18
Foal
And I'm sorry about your fall, sounds like it was scary! Hope you heal fast and get back in the saddle soon!
     
    09-04-2013, 05:00 AM
  #19
Green Broke
Replace.

After a fall, I actually decided to 'open' up my helmet. I was shocked; you may not see the damage from the outside but it won't protect you a second time.
     
    09-04-2013, 11:50 AM
  #20
Yearling
After reading the replies, it got me to wondering if there was a method to test the helmet for structural integrity other than ripping it apart?

Wouldn't it be good if the store that sold the helmet had some type of apparatus available that would accurately and safely check a helmet after a fall? Something that x-rayed the inside to show any spider cracks, or something to pressure test the helmet. Just thinking.
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