Study shows helmets do not protect from lateral crush impact

Helmet study on side impact crush resistance

A study published in Applied Sciences suggests that current riding helmets do not prevent skull fractures in adults when crushed from the side, as may occur if a horse falls on its rider. The study team comprised Connor, Michio Clark, Pieter Brama, Matt Stewart, Aisling Ní Annaidh and Michael Gilchrist, variously affiliated with University College […]

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FEI Requires Protective Headgear for all Riders beginning in 2021

The days of the traditional top hat are numbered. Dressage riders must wear protective headgear at all times, in the show ring and out, at FEI events as of January 1, 2021. In addition, helmets are required during the marathon phase of combined driving events.  The delay in implementation is to allow time for education […]

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Treat yourself to a new Helmet: It’s National Helmet Awareness Weekend

It’s that time of year again when retailers have banded together and made it easier and less expensive to keep you safer while you’re riding. Sponsored by Riders4Helmets and supported by retailers worldwide, you can save up to 30% on helmets, depending on the brand and the location. Last year I splurged and bought myself […]

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Need another reason to wear a helmet?


This image and the story below is from Elaine Ward, who posted it to Riders4 Helmets. Back in 2010 when Courtney King-Dye was injured, many of us in Ontario Canada felt compelled to wear a helmet even though we were showing FEI Level. It was to show our support for Courtney, and it also really […]

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EQ3 Helmet Review — Two Thumbs Up

EQ3 Helmet

So, I finally got the chance to test ride my new Back on Track EQ3 helmet. My verdict? Two thumbs up. I wore the helmet for an hour and a half ride and there were no pressure points, my head stayed cool, and it didn’t move at all. What I like: Although initially I was […]

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My New Helmet

My new Trauma Void EQ3

Before the Helmet Awareness sale, I spent a lot of time trying to decide which helmet to splurge on. Even with a 20% discount, many of these helmets are, as we say in New England “wicked” expensive. And, as you might have read yesterday in the study from Folksam Insurance, spending more on a helmet […]

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It’s Time for a New Helmet

International Helmet Awareness Day

When I had my accident in January, I don’t know if I hit my head. Given how many other things broke, I decided it was time to retire my helmet, which was already a couple of years old. Since then, I’ve been wearing my Charles Owen skull cap. Honestly, I can’t remember when I bought […]

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