Your helmet is probably the most important piece of riding equipment you will ever own. It could save your life.
How Riding Helmets Are Made And Tested
Modern helmets are made to extremely high standards and rigorously tested. Here’s an overview of what goes into making them. All you need to do is remember to wear one.
WHY SHOULD YOU WEAR A CERTIFIED RIDING HELMET?
Horse back riding is a wonderful sport, but it does carry an element of risk. Medical studies over the years have shown us some surprising things. Horseback riding carries a higher injury rate per hour of exposure than many other sports. This includes downhill ski racing, football, hang-gliding and motorcycle racing.
The age of the rider, number of years of experience, natural ability, and degree of expertise cannot and do not prevent riding accidents. Rider deaths in falls were caused by jumping in 23% of the cases; the rest occurred standing still, or at the walk, trot, canter and gallop. The most dangerous horse activity is riding for pleasure, based on numbers of participants injured.
The most common serious riding accidents affect the head; with the expanded use of the ASTM Standard FEI Certified helmets by riders under the age of 21, the largest group of head-injured riders has become ages 22 to 35. Many of the most serious injuries and deaths happen to riders older than 35.
Medical Examiner reports show that 60 % or more of horse-related deaths are caused by head injuries. Riding Helmets can reduce this possibility by 70 to 80 %.
Repeated blows to the head can cause cumulative damage to the brain; each new accident expands the original damage. Unlike arms and legs, the brain cannot recover 100% from an injury. A serious head injury can quickly use all of a person’s health insurance. The most catastrophic of these average a cost of $4,000,000, plus a lifetime of suffering for both the injured person and his or her family.
Riding Helmet Impact Testing
If you’d like to know more about the sort of impact that your helmet can help to absorb, we recommend you spend a few minutes watching this video which goes into more detail about impact testing. Watch what the helmets can withstand and ask yourself if you want to subject your skull to the same impact.