One thing you don’t have to tell an equestrian is how physical horseback riding can be. It seems like equestrians everywhere are constantly defending their sport as just that, a sport! Every rider seems to have that friend who just doesn’t get it. They scoff at the idea horseback riding being just as physically demanding and dangerous as other sports. However, a study was done by the Journal of Neurosurgery from 2003-2012, from which they gathered that equestrian sports were the greatest contributors to sports-related traumatic brain injuries in adults at 45.2%!
While we’re talking statistics, let’s look at some of what BrainLine has discovered concerning head injuries and horses.
- The most frequent cause of death and serious injury for mounted and dismounted horse activities is head injury.
- Head injuries are associated with approximately 60% of all equestrian deaths and 18% of equestrian injuries.
- Only 20% of equestrians wear protective headgear every time they ride.
- 80% of horse-related injuries take place while a rider is in the saddle.
- The majority of horse-related injuries occur while riding for pleasure.
- The average age of an injured equestrian is between 10 and 19.
Hopefully everybody is now convinced of a helmet’s importance. Now the next step is to make sure you know how to properly fit your helmet. Imagine; thinking you are doing everything right by strapping that helmet on your or your child’s head, only to have a false sense of security due to an ill-fitted helmet.
To be effective, the helmet must fit firmly but comfortably. A helmet that is too loose may shift position as you ride, possibly reducing the helmet’s protective potential, and one that fits too tightly may cause discomfort. The helmet should sit level on your head, with the front edge just above your eyebrows. The helmet should not easily roll forward or backward. When you do move the helmet, it should move the skin around your eyebrows. If the skin doesn’t move, the helmet is likely too large. The helmet should feel snug around the entire head without pressure points. Here is a great video on how to get the correct fit on Troxel Helmets.
Buy the helmet size you need now – don’t plan to grow into your helmet. This is especially important for children and luckily Valley Vet Supply carries three helmets in size XS. Whether your style is fun and spunky like Fallon Taylor’s or more traditional, you’ll be sure to find the right helmet for you at Valley Vet Supply!