I’ve been wanting a new helmet for a long time. Of course, this want happened during my “don’t spend any money and pay off your credit card” budget time this summer, so I missed all the Helmet Awareness day sales. I decided that my current helmet was two years old with no falls, so I didn’t really need a new one.
At the show on Saturday, I complained about my helmet all day. See, I can only perfect hunter hair one per horse show. It’s impossible for me to take my helmet off, re-do my sweaty hair and get it right again… so once I set it on for the day I leave it until I’m showing again. This isn’t a big deal when your helmet fits, but when you’re an oval shape with a square helmet you complain.. a lot.
To make a long (not very important) story short, one of the first thoughts I had when I got up from my fall was, ‘YAY I GET TO BUY A NEW HELMET NOW!’
I’ve had IRH’s since college, and while they are not bad helmets at all (really nice helmets for the price really) I knew I did not want an IRH. Call it high school insecurities, but I wanted a helmet that was an “in” brand for hunter/jumpers so I headed to the tack store with a budget in mind and tried on all the things.
True to my AA circuit helmet stereotype, the one that fit like a glove and looked snazzy was the Charles Owen Ayr8.
Later that day to celebrate my new helmet, I decided my first ride testing it out should be bareback after Simon had two days off. Obviously. In typical Simon fashion, he jogged around like a western pleasure pony.
I’m quickly realizing there is really not much point to this post besides this – your head is really important. Buying a Charles Owen made me really happy in a “Maybe I’m finally in the hunter princess club!” kind of way, but it doesn’t matter what kind of helmet you wear.
I hear the excuse a lot that “I don’t fall often” or “My horse is really well behaved so I don’t need to wear a helmet”, but that’s a bunch of bull. It had been two years since I fell off, and I fell because I asked my horse to turn left. That’s the only reason. He wasn’t being naughty or fresh, I was just being a pudgy adult amateur who was tired 🙂
This helmet wasn’t cheap, but it’s a whole lot cheaper than a ride to the ER for a bad concussion… and that’s very low on the list of things that can happen when you fall and hit your head.
So do yourself a favor. Be a big girl (or guy) and pick out a big girl helmet if you don’t already own it. Find something that fits, something that makes you feel a little extra special, and wear it with every ride.