I am starting off my blog with a topic that is imperative to anyone who wants to be involved with horses - the riding helmet. The riding helmet is a piece of safety equipment that aids an equestrian in preserving their brain from trauma from a fall or kick. I was taught to wear a helmet anytime I lunged a horse, worked a horse in hand, or was mounted on an equine. I teach this same principle to my students.
Mounted competitors at a USDF/USEF competition must wear an ASTM-approved helmet. However, the riding helmet is really something that should be utilized anytime a rider is schooling at home or at a show. The great thing about helmets nowadays is that there are so many safe, yet stylish choices to choose from.
Riders have countless brands and styles to try on to find a helmet that fits their head ideally. I choose to school and show in helmets by Tipperary Equestrian, first and foremost because they fit the shape of my head well. I love the sleek look of the Tipperary helmets, their comfort, and their affordable price point, which makes them accessible for a variety of riders. I school in the Sportage 8500 and compete in the T-Series T2.
Whether you are a professional, adult amateur, or junior/young rider, the riding helmet is one piece of equipment that should be utilized in the schooling, and in most cases must be worn in the showing of horses in dressage. Wearing a helmet is a safety measure that not only defends a rider against injury, but it sets a precedent for students and anyone else who walks into a barn. To me, wearing a helmet is a safe and necessary practice.
Read a USEF article on helmet fit here
Read about the FEI rule on helmets here
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Opinions expressed in this blog are the sole ideas of Clara J. Etzel. Resources are provided for further edification on the topic.