Should you wear a helmet when riding a horse?

Horseback riding carries a higher injury rate per hour of exposure than downhill ski racing, football, hang-gliding and motorcycle racing. Medical Examiner reports show that 60% or more of horse-related deaths are caused by head injuries. Helmets can reduce this possibility by 70-80%.

Why should you wear a helmet when riding a horse?

A riding helmet does not only protect your head from hitting the ground hard, but it also protects you from sharp objects. You may hit a tree branch while riding. This may sound trivial but at fast speeds, hitting a branch can be pretty dangerous. But your helmet has got your back – or your head in this case.

What do Western riders wear?

It’s typically a long-sleeved, button-up shirt or jacket, with traditional styles featuring a collar, a wallpaper print, and a Western yoke. Modern Western riders opt for stretchy, breathable shirts and tank tops. During competition, Western riders often swap the shirt for a jacket.

Do horse riders wear helmets?

Whether you ride English or Western, whether you’re a beginner or a professional, whether you’re a man or a woman, you should always wear an equestrian helmet that meets ASTM standards and is SEI certified.

Why do equestrian horses wear hats?

No, the hats are not a fashion statement, they are called “ear bonnets” or “ear nets”, and serve a very important purpose besides keeping flies off the horses’ ears. They help to keep the horses calm by muffling sounds, and help keep cotton balls in place if extra sound muffling is needed for super sensitive horses.

Should kids wear helmets when riding horses?

Of the group of children who were injured while being around horses and not riding, about one-third sustained a TBI. Because of this, the team recommends children wear helmets while working around horses in addition to while mounted.

What are two basic disciplines of riding?

English Riding. Almost every type of horseback riding falls into one of two basic riding styles: Western and English.

Is riding a horse hard?

Horse riding can be hard work physically, involving a lot of cardio. If you’re thinking about getting lessons, you might want to do some preparation beforehand by improving your fitness; this depends upon how fit you are currently of course!


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