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post #1 of 34 Old 10-16-2019, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Helmets- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I'm here to ask the dreaded question.
I'm on my fourth concussion at 18 years old, and as much as I know it's not the helmet's fault, I'm a tad desperate for answers. I've had concussions in GPAs, Charles Owens, and OneK's. I don't fit in the Back on Tracks.
I'm looking to replace my OneK after my recent concussion. Considering going back to a GPA. Now, I know the best helmet is the one that fits best. That's obviously my number one priority. If you had to give an answer though, from your experience/research, and from a safety standpoint, what is your favourite helmet and why?
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post #2 of 34 Old 10-16-2019, 12:10 PM
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I'm new to helmets. I have only worn them when jumping as a kid and teen. I am not sure which brand I wore then, but I recently purchased Troxels for my self and my stepdaughter. I haven't come off wearing it, nor has she. But I have no complaints about the comfort or fit.

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post #3 of 34 Old 10-16-2019, 12:16 PM
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Maybe you should ask yourself what you're doing to get yourself concussions in the first place

All jokes aside, I've had a Charles Owen for years and it's never failed me. I've been in a lot of situations where I probably should have gotten a concussion but didn't. It's definitely overdue for replacement if you follow the "replace every time you have a bad fall" rule, but even as recently as a couple weeks ago, it's held up and done its job when I've come flying off. I also have no opinions on other helmet brands because I can't remember what brand(s) I had before this one, so I might be highly biased.
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post #4 of 34 Old 10-16-2019, 12:35 PM
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I love my Ovation Z6 Glitz helmet. I'll actually wear it and not gripe about it or get a headache while wearing it.

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I would think about what condition you would be in without wearing any of these helmets - you came out of what I'm guessing were pretty nasty falls with only a concussion. The helmets are doing their job, without them you would likely have had a much more severe brain injury or wouldn't have walked away. All helmets are certified through the same organization, and as far as I can tell, the only thing that more money buys you is a prettier helmet, not necessarily better protective technologies. Others may have more opinions on this, but in my experience, my $70 Tipperary works just as well as my $200 nice-branded helmet.

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It's also important to remember that helmets cannot prevent concussions. Concussions are the result of the brain moving inside the skull which nothing except not having the whip-like motion or impact cause. Helmets prevent things like skull fracture, etc. Obviously, wearing a helmet is a smarter idea than not wearing it in extreme sports, but it is important to remember what a concussion actually is and the limitations of helmets.

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post #7 of 34 Old 10-16-2019, 03:41 PM
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The helmets are doing their job, without them you would likely have had a much more severe brain injury or wouldn't have walked away. All helmets are certified through the same organization, [...] my $70 Tipperary works just as well as my $200 nice-branded helmet.
I agree with that and have heard the same info repeated to me. I have (likely the same) Tipperary helmet. It's very popular. When I was reading reviews of that helmet and deciding which to purchase, many people praised it as 'walking away with only a concussion.'

The best helmet is the one that you will wear, and one that fits correctly. A helmet that fits will feel snug but comfortable, and won't fall off your head when you bend over...even when you haven't fastened or secured it. Also, every helmet should have proper 'back of the head' protection so as to cover the entire skull. That said, I've often wondered if a slightly larger helmet with more foam padding, so long as the setup abides by those stipulations, might help to dissipate the energy of a blow? Wouldn't necessarily be as streamlined for speed and jumping, but it might be more protective.

Here is another thread where we discussed protective riding vests. https://www.horseforum.com/barn-ridi...g-vest-805101/
The Hit Air inflatable vest has neck protection, and if you're able to land in such a way that you don't go head-first into a landing, you might be less likely to get a concussion? Something to consider.

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Something is not working out with your riding, and it's not the helmet. Even with high risk horses and in a high risk sport, your concussion rate is too high. You need to assess what is going on and realize that at this rate you are heading toward permanent brain damage or a spinal cord injury.

Young people often take more risks, but smart young people will understand that those risks are only sensible if they don't lead to lasting consequences. Many 18 year olds have to assess their behavior and think about the rest of their lives, and the long term effects of what they are doing.

There is something in your equation that needs to change. Whether you're going out when the environment is not safe enough, or your horse is not ready physically or mentally for what is being asked, or your riding is not yet to the level you are trying.

Two or even three concussions can be from freak accidents. When you hit four it is going beyond the level of chance and bad luck, so I suggest you really think about preventable causes more than about what type of helmet to wear.
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post #9 of 34 Old 10-16-2019, 04:03 PM
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A friend rode racehorses in the mornings for years, starts colts, rides fire-breathing 3-day eventers, and rehabs OTTBs with dangerous habits, and she's had 2 concussions in her life, and she's 42. Something is wrong with your skills, the horses you are riding, or the risks you are taking to have four serious concussions at such a young age.
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post #10 of 34 Old 10-16-2019, 06:46 PM
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It's also important to remember that helmets cannot prevent concussions. Concussions are the result of the brain moving inside the skull which nothing except not having the whip-like motion or impact cause. Helmets prevent things like skull fracture, etc. Obviously, wearing a helmet is a smarter idea than not wearing it in extreme sports, but it is important to remember what a concussion actually is and the limitations of helmets.

This is true and this is why you have NFL players with permanent brain damage. Even their helmets don't prevent concussions.


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A friend rode racehorses in the mornings for years, starts colts, rides fire-breathing 3-day eventers, and rehabs OTTBs with dangerous habits, and she's had 2 concussions in her life, and she's 42. Something is wrong with your skills, the horses you are riding, or the risks you are taking to have four serious concussions at such a young age.

I too have questions about the frequency. What on earth is going on that this is happening so often?
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