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Best Horse Riding Helmets

Updated on November 9, 2010

Equestrian sports are in no doubt one of the most delightful sports to watch and, more than that, take part in. They are like extreme sports quite similar to dirt bike, off road mountain biking and motorcycle racing. Yet unlike these sports, the very obvious difference is that the rider controls a lovely and ever dependable living being, a horse. For a horse rider, there are no mechanical parts to maintain but a horse to love and a heart to connect with.

Yet, like any living animal with a heart, a horse has various emotions similar to what we humans have. A horse may get angry, scared and be out of control at times. Thus, it is very important for a horse rider to be prepared for these situations. One of the preparations of a horse rider that he or she must take into consideration before riding his or her horse is by gearing up and protective equipment like a horse riding helmet.

Like any other helmets, a horse riding helmet, also known as an equestrian helmet, is specially made to protect the head of a horse rider. It is protective gear that protects the rider’s head from the horse hoof’s or any other hard objects that may cause head injuries after a hard fall from the horse’s back. This kind of helmet is commonly made with a hard shell outside of an impact-resistant resin or plastic and is sometimes covered with an attractive cloth for a fashionable look.

There are a lot of equestrian helmets available in the market. Yet some designs are not guaranteed to protect the rider’s head and are not meeting US or international standards. Thus, this article was made to help horse riders to purchase good to great quality equestrian helmets for their practice, competition or casual protective horse rider equipments.

TROXEL Legacy Training Helmet

Available colors: Sky Antiquus, Ruby, Pink Antiquus, Smoke Antiquus, Midnight Blue and Black Available Sizes, S / YTH ( Inches: Up to 22 - Hatsize: Up to 6 ) M ( Inches: 22 - 22  - Hatsize: 7 - 7 ) L ( Inches: 22  + - Hatsize: 7 +)
Available colors: Sky Antiquus, Ruby, Pink Antiquus, Smoke Antiquus, Midnight Blue and Black Available Sizes, S / YTH ( Inches: Up to 22 - Hatsize: Up to 6 ) M ( Inches: 22 - 22 - Hatsize: 7 - 7 ) L ( Inches: 22 + - Hatsize: 7 +) | Source

TROXEL Legacy Training Helmet

Troxel Legacy Training Helmet is an all-purpose equestrian helmet for both English and Western riders. This equestrian helmet is ASTM/SEI certified which assures you that this product was made following the standards laid down.

It is a lightweight hunt cap style that gives the rider a classy and attractive appearance and was designed with the new Gripper Positioning System (GPS) II rear dial to help riders to fasten or loosen the fit with just one hand.

With this feature, the rider can adjust his or her helmet without letting go of the horse. In addition, its new meshed covered vents provide excellent ventilation for the head yet giving a stylish design for the helmet. Also, it is equipped with the Flip-Fold™ headliner which can be removed and is washable. This helmet is available in various colorful designs which match the rider’s fashion or taste.

If you are looking for the lightest, best ventilated, most comfortable and most durable horse riding helmet on the market, then you should consider Troxel Equestrian helmets.

TROXEL Legacy Training Helmet

Troxel® Cheyenne - Western Riding Helmet

Available Colors [Chocolate, Black, Black/Pink] Available Sizes [S ( Inches: Up to 22 - Hatsize: Up to 7) M ( Inches: 22 - 23 - Hatsize: 7 - 7 ) L ( Inches: 23  - 25 - Hatsize: 7  - 7 )]
Available Colors [Chocolate, Black, Black/Pink] Available Sizes [S ( Inches: Up to 22 - Hatsize: Up to 7) M ( Inches: 22 - 23 - Hatsize: 7 - 7 ) L ( Inches: 23 - 25 - Hatsize: 7 - 7 )] | Source

Troxel Cheyenne - Western Riding Helmet

Troxel helmets have been known for being the first lightweight vented equestrian helmets that the ASTM certified. They also consulted physicians in order to design helmets which are not only durable and fashionable but also ergonomically comfortable.

The Troxel Cheyenne has the usual features of any Troxel horse riding protective headgear but has more to offer. This helmet was designed to become Troxel’s epitome of Western styling. It shows off a Traditional Western styling with tumbled grain leather, an elegant swirl stitch design and classy embroidery.

The design gives a Western look without compromising the safety of the rider. Its Flip-Fold headliner is removable and washable allowing the user to clean the helmet easily. With this elegant design and features, you’ll look classy with a touch of Western horse riding fashion.

Troxel® Cheyenne - Western Riding Helmet

Available Colors [Starlight, Dreamscape, Honeydew, Orchid, Black   Duratec, Periwinkle, Fuchsia, White, Black] Available Sizes [S ( Inches: Up to 22 - Hatsize: Up to 7) M ( Inches: 22 - 22  - Hatsize: 7 - 7 ) L ( Inches: 23  - Hatsize: 7  +)]
Available Colors [Starlight, Dreamscape, Honeydew, Orchid, Black Duratec, Periwinkle, Fuchsia, White, Black] Available Sizes [S ( Inches: Up to 22 - Hatsize: Up to 7) M ( Inches: 22 - 22 - Hatsize: 7 - 7 ) L ( Inches: 23 - Hatsize: 7 +)] | Source

Troxel Spirit - Horseback Riding Helmet

Troxel have created state of the art helmets that ensure protection for their clients. In fact, they have reported only one head injury death over 17 years in the market with over 40 million helmets sold. They have the best safety record in the world for head protection equipment.

The Troxel Spirit has been noted as one of the safest equestrian helmets on the market. This physician designed helmet is ASTM/SEI certified which means it can be used as protective equipment for tournaments.

Not only does it protect its user from a hard fall, it also protects the rider’s eyes from the sun’s glare with its extended sun visor. Furthermore, it protects the head from the sun’s heat with its meshed vents making it more comfortable to wear even in summer. It is also equipped with Gripper Positioning System (GPS) II that gives ease to the rider by loosening or tightening his or her helmet with one hand.

Its style is as fantastic as its protection. The Troxel Spirit is available in variety of colors. Choose the style that would fit your personality.

With Troxel Spirit, you get peace of mind.

IRH Medalist
IRH Medalist | Source

IRH Medalist Helmet

Another fantastoc brand in the equestrian helmet industry is the International Riding Helmets (IRH). Their helmets are innovatively designed by Frank Plastino not only to create a fashion sense in horse riding but to meet the safety standards as well. The designer was one of the original members of American Society of Testing Material (ASTM) committee on equestrian headgear. With almost thirty years of experience, IRH has gained knowledge for the right design of equestrian protective headgear. Thus they have become a premier designer and manufacturer of equestrian helmets for all horse riding disciplines.

The IRH Medalist was built for comfort. It is a lightweight horse riding helmet that is truly comfortable you will probably not even realize you are wearing it. It is built with top and rear vents that provide a cooling airflow that soothes your head. A stylish rich and durable velveteen covers the core giving a trendy rider look. The inner and outer core are made of very strong materials that will definitely protect you from a very hard fall. Highly recommended.

Tipperary Sportage 8500 Helmet

Available colors (Navy, Cocoa, Carbon Grey)
Available colors (Navy, Cocoa, Carbon Grey) | Source

Tipperary Sportage 8500 Helmet

If you want to get away from the traditional (although classy) look of English horse riding and gear yourself with a sportier look, then the Tipperary Sportage 8500 helmet is the right one for you. Its design was specially made for sporty equestrians that train real hard.

It is built with front and rear vents to cool the head. This contoured drop-back helmet is built using ABS material which is lightweight yet will still protect the rider from any head impacts. Inside the helmet is a comfort foam interior that will give you a secure fit. It also has added a rear reflective strip for increased visibility when on the road. And on top of that, this helmet is ASTM/SEI approved which is allowed for any equestrian events. You will surely feel cozy and protected wearing this helmet.

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