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post #1 of 21 Old 03-17-2016, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Need recommendations for helmet, please!

I posted earlier about what to wear as a beginner. I need your help choosing a helmet. I love the old school velvet ones, but don't want to look older than I already am! Brands and photos appreciated. Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 21 Old 03-17-2016, 09:53 PM
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Around here, Troxels are what the younger folks wear :) I have an old velvet one. Usually, the velvet ones are worn at shows, but for everyday, you can't beat these: Equestrian Riding Helmets - Troxel Helmets
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post #3 of 21 Old 03-17-2016, 09:54 PM
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I suggest trying a few different brands as each fits some heads better than others. They come with a number of adjustment pads -- have someone help you fit your helmet, it's important.
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And hey, congrats on starting (coming back to?) riding! I'm in my mid-40s and while I did have horses in my youth, a few decades went by before I had the time and luxury to get back into it. Not sure what your situation is, but there are lots of us adult "beginners" or "born-again" riders on here! I think you'll find this forum is very welcoming and knowledgeable about everything!
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Thanks everyone. Acadianartist: I rode when I was a lot younger. I was just diagnosed with MS and, fortunately I am asymptotic. Riding will be one of my therapies along withe Pilates yoga and swimming. My goal for this year is to get strong.
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Around here, Troxels are what the younger folks wear :) I have an old velvet one. Usually, the velvet ones are worn at shows, but for everyday, you can't beat these: Equestrian Riding Helmets - Troxel Helmets
That is what my son has too. I don't have a helmet yet but our new horse is like riding a skyscraper so I may get one.

I'm also a 40+ born-again horseback rider. I love that you're being proactive w/ your health despite your condition!
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post #7 of 21 Old 03-18-2016, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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I want this one, but will have to call my tack shop ahead to see if they have various sizes. Can't decide between the black or grey though! ES Modern Show and Dressage Helmet | Troxel Helmets
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Hi Water, All!

Avna is spot on; you simply have to keep trying on different helmets until you find The One. Try them _all_; pick the best.

Remember, you will often be wearing it for hours at a stretch, and frequently your head will be in constant movement. My first, second, and third considerations would be fit, fit, and FIT. The helmet should be snug, but comfortable, and should not move when you nod your head vigorously. Otherwise, the first time you hit a trot, the brim of the helmet will slide down on your nose blocking your vision; not good. Then, it should offer good ventilation, or it will soon be filled with sweat. It should have an absorbent sweat band, or the sweat will soon be in your eyes. Coming in something like tenth on this non-linear scale, is style. 'Nuff said about style; they're _all_ ugly . . . ;-)

And try the helmet on _first_, then look at the price tag. An expensive helmet on your head is much preferred over a cheap one that hangs on a hook in your tack room because it's uncomfortable to wear. Ask yourself just how much your cabeza is worth.

I would suggest finding a large tack store that actually stocks a wide selection of different helmets, even if you have to make a pilgrimage to get to it. We have a Dover Saddlery store about an hour's drive away that is quite good, and recommendable if you have one within reasonable driving distance; otherwise you'll have to ask around, or start making calls.

That said, I really like my Charles Owens GR8, and when time comes for a new one, it will take something pretty special to win me over this model.

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post #9 of 21 Old 03-18-2016, 10:18 AM
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It is important that you find a helmet that you find comfortable.

With that being said, I really like my helmet by International Riding Helmets (IRH).
This is the helmet I have: http://irhhelmets.com/-IRH-Riding-Helmet-ID-102615.html
I think it's very comfortable and lightweight, but very durable.
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post #10 of 21 Old 03-18-2016, 10:20 AM
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I adore my Tipperary Sportage.

I always have two helmets, in case one is in a fall or ages out. I replace them every 5 years or after a fall, whichever comes first.

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