I always ride with a helmet. It was drilled in by trainers over the years and, sans a few bareback-barefoot rides as a teenager, I never mount without one on. Earlier this year, I read an article by Riders4Helmets and I learned something new – you should replace your helmet every five years. I had no idea helmets had expiration dates!
I may have been riding in the same helmet my parents bought when I was 9 almost decade later. I have a tiny head. It didn’t have any cracks so I thought I was good. Purely because the velvet was looking ragged, I bought a Troxel something-or-another very inexpensively in high school. That’s the baby I sport these days.
So now that I’m committed to keeping Nibbles and making sure she has a job (aka not pasture ornament), I think it’s time to commit to a new helmet. For a while earlier this year, back before I broke down and thought I was going to sell her, I strongly toyed with the idea of getting a One K.
To be honest, I don’t think I need anything quite that expensive and fancy. Yes, I want to take Nibbles to a few shows but it’s pretty low on our priorities list right now. For goodness sakes, she hasn’t even had 30 rides yet!
So lovely readers, I turn to you for some advice. What helmet would you recommend for schooling purposes? Would you ever buy a helmet second hand (think Facebook group or E-bay)? Is there a type of helmet you would definitely stay away from?
Insert snob moment. I grew up riding hunters then transitioned to dressage so I like pretty things. I’m willing to spend a little extra money (read: not $300) for something that doesn’t look like I borrowed it from a first-time camper.
Okay, snobbery over. Help a girl out, fellow bloggers! I need to satisfy the tack ho but not spend a car payment.