Horse riding, like any other sport, has its own set of indispensable equipment. The bomb or the riding helmet is one of them. For both professionals and amateurs, wearing a helmet is essential for the good practice of this sport. What are the different types and how to choose your ideal helmet, we explain everything.
Why wear a riding helmet
Horse-riding is a high-risk sport. Equestrian accidents are numerous and often cause serious injuries. Whether it is during a ride or during a competition, the chances of falling are always high. Head injuries often result from these falls, sometimes with irreversible after-effects. To limit these risks, it is essential to wear suitable equipment, including a bomb. In France, wearing a helmet is compulsory and subject to very strict regulations. To be approved, a riding bomb must meet the CE safety standard: EN 1384. Nowadays, it is possible to find a multitude of types of bombs on the market. Beginners as well as professionals will easily find in specialized shops the ideal helmet to indulge their passion in complete safety.
The different types of bombs
There are two types of bombs. The first is the adjustable helmet, equipped with a knob that allows you to adjust the helmet’s head circumference by a margin of 4 cm. They are generally used by beginners and for leisure riding such as trekking. The adjustable helmet is also ideal for children as it will adapt to their growth. In addition, it has excellent ventilation and is very light. However, it can move slightly on the head and is therefore not suitable for competitions. For professional use, it is better to turn to the second type of helmet: the helmet with a fixed head circumference. These are models that adjust perfectly to the rider’s head circumference. They offer more comfort and stability. It is chosen by following measurements in centimetres, like a hat.
How to choose your riding helmet?
To ride safely, it is essential to choose a helmet that fits the rider’s head size. The ideal is a model that can absorb shocks and has a neck protector. The helmet should also wrap well around the head and the visor should extend down to the top of the forehead without obstructing visibility. The strap should be adjusted. The rider must be able to turn his head without being obstructed. Finally, although it is a safety device, it is now possible to buy a helmet with an aesthetic design. With a velvet, leather or metallic finish, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing your own. The important thing is to find the right compromise between comfort, safety and aesthetics.