Bike helmets and horseback riding helmets are made differently. You should not wear your bike helmet to ride.
Bicycle helmets may seem sufficient for protecting your head and you may find them lighter, cooler and more comfortable. However, bike crashes and falls from horses are not at all similar and therefore the helmet design is drastically different. The results? Bike helmets are not designed to protect your head when you’re horseback riding! The height of a fall from a horse is far greater than the height of a fall from a bicycle. Bicycle helmets are not designed to withstand impact from the height of a horse. Also, bike helmets are designed to Protect the top of the head since most falls from bicycles are forward. Falls from horses occur in all directions and therefore the back and sides of the head are just as vulnerable. These parts of the head are not protected by a bike helmet.*
Riding helmets are lighter and cooler than ever. Many have air vents and come in great colors. There are many helmet companies out there making ASTM and SEI certified riding helmets specifically designed for a fall from a horse. We carry a large selection of show and schooling helmets so you can find the comfy great looking one you want. Click here to view our helmets.
Riding helmets can be purchased for as little as $39.99, your brain is worth much more than that. Your brain does not heal as well as other parts of your body, such as a bone. Brain injuries can cause life long effects. Wear the proper helmet for the proper sport.
Stay Safe Out There!