• British Equestrian Announces Concussion and Return to Riding Guidelines
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    British Equestrian Announces Concussion and Return to Riding Guidelines

    If you ride horses, chances are you have fallen off a time or two. Which can cause a concussion. Concussion is an injury to the brain resulting in a disturbance of brain function. It can be causedby a direct blow to the head, but can also occur when a blow to another part of the body resultsin rapid movement of the head, such as whiplash-type injuries. Loss of consciousness does not always occur – in fact, it occurs in less than 10% of concussions. None of this info is new. What is new, is that there has never been a “Return to Riding” guideline or outline available, until now. In…

  • Horse Riding Helmet Ratings and Stats
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    Virginia Tech 2022 Equestrian Helmet Ratings

    Virginia Tech has put together a great resource for equestrians everywhere! These ratings can help you understand how protected you are in your current helmet, and help you decide what helmet to buy in the future! With sponsorship from Jacqueline Mars, USHJA, USEF, USEA, we have rated a total of 40 equestrian helmets using the STAR evaluation system. Our impact tests evaluate a helmet’s ability to reduce linear and rotational acceleration of the head from a range of head impacts a rider might experience. Helmets with more stars provide a reduction in concussion risk for these impacts compared to helmets with fewer stars. Click here to see the full list of helmets…

  • International Helmet Awareness Day 2019
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    International Helmet Awareness Day 2019

    In 2010, Riders4Helmets hosted the first national event designed to educate equestrians on the benefits of wearing a properly fitting, secured and certified helmet. The event brought over 300 U.S.-based retailers and eight helmet manufacturers together, to help educate their customers on topics such as correct helmet fit and why wearing a helmet is important.

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    Snaffle Bit vs. Curb Bit

    One of the most commonly (mis)used pieces of tack is the bit! Almost everyone uses one when riding, and they don’t know the effect the bit they are using, has on their horse, nor what it was designed for. There are a WIDE variety of bits with a wide variety of purposes, but today we are just going to cover the snaffle bit vs. curb bit. The snaffle bit works off of direct pressure, whereas the curb bit works off of leverage. The mouthpiece (inside the horse’s mouth) has no bearing on this. The only piece that decides if you are using a snaffle bit vs. curb bit is the cheekpiece…

  • Helmet Safety
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    Equestrian Safety Program with Helmet Fitting in Parker, CO

    Did you know that Parker Adventist Hospital offers an Equestrian Safety Program? Well, they do! This class is great for adults just getting into riding, kids that need to learn about safety while riding, or anyone that rides needing a brush up on safety while riding. During the class (which lasts under an hour) you learn about how injury can affect you and why wearing a helmet while riding is so important. After the class, the facilitator fits you for a helmet and you get to take it home with you. They only ask for a minimal donation to help keep their program running for other equestrians in the area.

  • Colorado Horse Forum Bling Hat
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    Colorado Horse Forum Bling Hats

    We will be getting a batch of Colorado Horse Forum bling hats made. The hats will be black with clear rhinestones and will resemble closely this pictured version. The hats are one-size fits all but have an adjustable back strap to make it fit you better. They are a high quality hat. Design measures 3.4″ x 3″. If you want one of these hats, you need to get in on the pre-order! Please use the form below to let us know if you are interested in ordering one of these hats.