Injuries to the head and brain are the leading cause of equestrian-related deaths and hospitalization.1 Wearing a properly fitted and safety approved horseback riding helmet can reduce the risk of head injuries during equestrian activities by 70-80%.2
It is important to ensure that horseback riding helmets are properly fitted.
Manufacturers are required to include a helmet manual. This will outline proper care and fit guidelines specific to the helmet brand.
Equestrian helmets must be certified under one of the following safety standards:1
Equestrian helmets are designed for one impact only. To learn more about single versus multi-impact helmets, click here. An equestrian helmet that has taken an impact from any type of fall should be replaced. Otherwise, equestrian helmets should be replaced every five years.1
Click here for more information from the Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation on choosing and fitting an equestrian helmet.
1. Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation. A guide for new riders: Tips for first-time horseback riders and parents. Retrieved from https://www.horsenovascotia.ca/Coaching-New-to-the-sport.
2. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. (2014, June 26). Safety up – on equestrian helmets. Retrieved December 17, 2014 from http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/aet12574.