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Equestrian Helmets – A Necessity for Riders of all Skill Levels

September 16th & 17th are International Helmet Awareness Day(s).


For International Horse Helmet Awareness Day, many tack shops and online stores are offering discounts on their equestrian helmets. Check out www.Riders4Helmets.com for a store near you.

Rockin’ L&D Ranch is an active facility for Horses4Heroes, and Troxel Helmets is a proud sponsor of this program.  They are offering a 20% discount for International Horse Helmet Awareness Day.


Equestrian helmets are an important part of riding safety

Equestrian helmets are not just for kids or inexperienced riders. When I was a kid, we didn’t know the dangers of small head traumas from a fall off a horse. That was then, this is now. We know better with all the concussion data that has been collected for years. I try not to get preachy about helmets, after all, I am a third generation cowgirl. Over the decades the bloody accidents I’ve seen could have turned out much better if a helmet had been worn. I’ve seen lives saved due to a $30 helmet.

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Lori on Shamrock 1978

In the late 1980s, the American Society for Testing Materials (ASTM) and Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) developed a standard of equestrian helmet testing to increase rider safety. They found that bicycle or other types of helmets were inadequate to protect the rider from head injury due to a fall from a horse or kick in the head.

Certified Horsemanship Association’s Every Time, Every Ride Video


Sara Mastellar, a San Diego State University Equine Instructor for the Department of Animal Science, has written several articles on equestrians and injuries. Mastellar’s Horseback Riding Helmets answers many common questions with scientific studies.


Riding safety doesn’t have to be boring

Today’s equestrian helmets are lightweight, fun, and fashionable designs that can range from extremely colorful to basic black or brown.

Prices range from schooling helmets starting under $30, all the way to English helmets that can go as high as $500. Regardless of price, all helmets should have the ASTM/SEI logo on the inside tag.


At Rockin’ L&D Ranch, we take riding safety seriously

Looking to start riding lessons?

At Rockin’ L&D Ranch in San Diego County/Escondido, we provide equestrian helmets and riding boots during horseback riding lessons.

Of course, as in any sport if you enjoy riding, buy your own safety equipment (link to Hawthorne Country Store)

September 16 & 17 is International Helmet Awareness.  

The brain you save could be your own. Ride safe. Wear a helmet.

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