The single most effective way to reduce head injuries and deaths from riding accidents is to wear a helmet. According to research, helmets can reduce injury risks by up to 85% and brain injuries by up to 80%. Here are some tips to make sure your helmet is providing the best protection possible.
1. Wear a properly fitting certified helmet during equestrian activities. ALL Ovation helmets are ASTM/Safety Equipment Institute certified.
2. Always fasten the safety harness on your helmet. A helmet will NOT protect you if it comes off your head before you hit the ground.
3. Do NOT wear other riders’ helmets. Your helmet is designed to fit YOUR head. An incorrectly fitting helmet offers no protection.
3. If you have a hard blow impact accident while wearing your helmet, IMMEDIATELY replace it for a new model (view the Ovation Helmet Replacement Policy). There may be damage to the helmet that is not visible to the naked eye.
Helmet Manufacturers generally recommend replacing your helmet every 5 years or sooner. Helmets take a beating over time from sweat, heat, dust and rain etc. Replacing your helmet sooner may be necessary based on how many hours of wear it receives per day.
If you purchase your helmet online, check the date of manufacture.
4. Purchasing a used helmet can be very risky and is NOT recommended. The helmet may have sustained previous damage not visible to the naked eye.
5. A ponytail or different hairstyle can affect the fit of your helmet. When you try on helmets prior to purchase, wear your hair in the style that you expect to wear it when riding.
6. Do NOT tilt up your helmet. Helmets should be worn with the visor parallel to the ground.
7. Do NOT wear a helmet designed for use in other sports when riding i.e. a bike helmet. Equestrian helmets are specifically designed and tested for a fall from a horse.
8. DO THE RESPONSIBLE THING AND WEAR A HELMET. View the entire Ovation helmet range.