How to Fit a Horse Riding Helmet

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Hi this is Paul from Pleasant Hills the
Western Experience. Today we’re gonna talk about horse riding helmets helmets. Helmets have come a long way over the last few years, you’ll notice how much smaller and
compact they are, very much more of a low profile so you’ll be quite comfortable
wearing these helmets. And of course they’re designed for horse riding. This
is not a bicycle helmet this is designed to take the impact from falling off of a
horse. Hopefully it’ll never happen to you but this is the best investment that
you could make for your own personal safety as a helmet.
I’ve got Rebecca with me today and she does some trail riding and some eventing
and and our horse events I should say and so we’d like to fit her in a helmet
and I’ll show you how to fit a helmet today. So let’s try on a helmet Rebecca
there’s all kinds of different varieties and helmets we’re gonna put a fun one on
ya. A lot of the barrel racers and people that are running timed events are
wearing some really fun helmets. Great for out on the trail as well. Let’s
try it on. So a proper fitting helmet should be
snug to where it moves your scalp with the helmet. When you move that does it
move a little with ya? Does it feel a little big? It feels like it comes too far down on my ears. Okay, so let’s take it off I think we’re close
in size but a lot of helmets have a features.This one’s called flip fold. And
the flip fold feature is very simple you simply it’s just a shim that you can
fold under the liner of the helmet and reattach it. We’re gonna do that on both
sides for you and have you try it again. So if you’re in between sizes a little
bit, or you’ve got a the shape of your head doesn’t fit the helmet quite right,
oftentimes a little shim inside or in this case the flipfold works very well.
So we’re gonna try it on again. We want that’s just that area the helmet to come down just above the ears and be snug. That feels better. There, now that looks good you’ll notice when
you move that now does it feel like it’s kind of moving
with your scalp and that that’s what we’re after. Of course if the helmet doesn’t fit properly it’s not gonna do the proper
job of protecting your head. When it comes to adjusting ears if you want to
attach the harness. Get the hair out of the way. And this is the first time when you’re adjusting this you’re going to spend a little bit of time adjusting
the harness, of course you want the harness snug, under the… uncomfortably,
under the chin. When you do the ears, you’ll want it so you can adjust it, and
there is a a Y in the harness and this is better to do this without on your
head, but you can actually slide this back so that it’s centers the ear
perfectly. Once that’s done I think you’re pretty well set. If your helmet
has a dial adjustment in the back, like this, you can simply put the helmet on
and then snug it up and it’ll cradle the back your head. All of these, what we call
next-generation helmets, have some sort of a cradle system in the back whether
it’s it’s a floating system like this little elastic on it or the dial system
but there’s typically something to to keep it firmer on your head and to hold
it on your head as as it becomes upside down. So this will help protect the the
back of your head as well as keep the helmet in place. There’s helmets for trail riding that have leather trim on them, they almost
look more like a ball cap as I mentioned we’ve got some really fun designs that
that you’ll find for for various sporting events. There’s even helmets that are designed for the for the young small youth rider
we go down to an extra small and and they’re really fun so they encourage the
younger rider to wear a helmet as well. Hope you learned a little bit about
fitting a helmet and wearing a helmet and I encourage you to do so. Thanks for watching the video, be sure to like and share. See us at either one of our
locations in Rogers or Lakeville. That’s Pleasant Hills the Western experience or visit us online at phsaddle.com

 

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