Western helmets?
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Riding Horses > Western Riding

Western helmets?

This is a discussion on Western helmets? within the Western Riding forums, part of the Riding Horses category
  • Western helmets
  • Western trail helmet

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    07-05-2011, 08:02 PM
  #1
Foal
Western helmets?

I just saw some really cool western helmets from Troxel and I was wondering if anyone had tried them out. It hit me that I should wear a helmet the other day when I watched a video of a woman (who wasn't wearing a helmet) hit her head from a bad horse fall. It got me thinking about my safety..before I never really thought about it. I really only do trail riding, so would these be could for that?
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    07-05-2011, 10:08 PM
  #2
Foal
You can absolutely wear a helmet for trail riding! I think it's a very good idea, actually. The Troxel Sierra has that "rugged" kind of look, if that's the model you're talking about. I haven't tried that particular style, although I have another Troxel that I'm pretty happy with. But anything that's lightweight and well-vented would probably be a good choice. I'd just suggest reading some online reviews first. Happy shopping!
     
    07-05-2011, 10:11 PM
  #3
Super Moderator
They even make a "cowboy hat" helmet.
     
    07-05-2011, 10:25 PM
  #4
Yearling
I use one of Troxel's western helmets, don't remember which one, but bought it last year. Only wear it when riding a new horse I don't know or on the trail. I'm usually the only one with a helmet on, but I feel so much safer. I hate the strap under the chin, but it is better than cracking my head open if I fall on a rock. They are well ventilated.
Farmpony, one of the cowboy hat helmets was discontinued in the past few years because of its huge size. Maybe they came out with a better one.
     
    07-05-2011, 10:28 PM
  #5
Weanling
I saw it in the tack store yesterday. It looks nice. I'm assuming it fits like the english troxel helmates, it looked very similar in shape. I've been riding in an english troxel helmate for 6 yrs now and I've got nothing to complain about. It works great and I forget it's there when I ride. It also keeps the sun off and has saved me so many times from sunburns, as well as branches on trails =P I would suggest getting a helmate, you never know if you horse will decide to spook next to some rocks or other unfriendly surface. Hope this helps =)
     
    07-05-2011, 11:54 PM
  #6
Weanling
I actually was searching for a western helmet so I have some opinions.

I tried on the Cheyenne Rowdy (my original choice off the internet), which is VERY Western looking, but my only comment would be it looks sort of basketball-ish. Really didn't like how it looked on, but it might look great on other people. I chose to pass on it.



Then I tried on a couple other helmets, including the Dakota. The Dakota's quality reflects its cheap price. It was just your basic helmet and you could do as well with a bicycle helmet to be honest.



Finally I tried on the Sierra, and guess what, I LOVE this helmet! It's very cushiony inside while it still has breathable mesh openings etc. I would really recommend any helmet with those mesh openings... it is a lot cooler while still not looking like a cycling helmet. It's also a lot more durable then the Dakota.:P



(I didn't buy it in pink, though the pink is cute, I got the Sand colour.)
     
    07-06-2011, 12:06 AM
  #7
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by cfralic    
I actually was searching for a western helmet so I have some opinions.

I tried on the Cheyenne Rowdy (my original choice off the internet), which is VERY Western looking, but my only comment would be it looks sort of basketball-ish. Really didn't like how it looked on, but it might look great on other people. I chose to pass on it.



Then I tried on a couple other helmets, including the Dakota. The Dakota's quality reflects its cheap price. It was just your basic helmet and you could do as well with a bicycle helmet to be honest.



Finally I tried on the Sierra, and guess what, I LOVE this helmet! It's very cushiony inside while it still has breathable mesh openings etc. I would really recommend any helmet with those mesh openings... it is a lot cooler while still not looking like a cycling helmet. It's also a lot more durable then the Dakota.:P



(I didn't buy it in pink, though the pink is cute, I got the Sand colour.)
i have the last one too
     
    07-06-2011, 12:14 AM
  #8
Foal
I had a sierra for a few years, but decided to retire it. We used to tack our horses before loading them up in my friend's stock trailer for the 5 mile trip to the trail head and I'd forgotten it had been clipped to the saddle when I loaded my horse and heard a loud crack as my boy banged it against the side of the opening of the trailer. I still haven't gotten a new one yet...but I haven't done much riding lately anyway. I'm really thinking I may try the IRH All Terrain helmet...but only because it's cheaper than the sierra. I'm not sure though. I REALLY REALLY loved my sierra...and they've come out with new colors since I bought my first one.
     
    07-06-2011, 12:22 AM
  #9
Yearling
Those are surprisingly good looking helmets!
     
    07-06-2011, 02:35 AM
  #10
Super Moderator
My friend had that leather covered Troxel Cheyeanne one. It is HEAVY!! All that leather makes it heavy . I will take comfort over style, every time.
AND, her helmet caught on something and literally ripped the leather partway off. Now it's hanging off the side. The less there is on your helmet to catch on tree branches and such the better. Get a well fitting, lightweigth NO foo-foo helmet.

Troxel workes well for folks with generally round heads, Tipperary for folks with more oblong heads . IRH? Others? Not sure.
     

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
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:

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

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Helmets -- HELP! eventerwannabe Horse Tack and Equipment 11 01-08-2010 11:15 AM
Helmets? TwendeHaraka Horse Tack and Equipment 4 11-21-2009 07:56 PM
Western Show Helmets - opinion? 7Ponies Western Riding 36 09-25-2009 05:13 PM
GPA Helmets MoonlightEm Tack and Equipment Classifieds 1 05-18-2009 06:16 PM
Helmets .Delete. Horse Riding 83 03-12-2008 09:38 AM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0