EQUUS - - Eq Tack & Gear -

Any rid­ing hel­met mar­keted as pro­tec­tive head­gear must be la­beled “ASTM/SEI cer­ti­fied” or carry an equiv­a­lent rat­ing from the Bri­tish Equestrian Trade As­so­ci­a­tion (BETA) or the Euro­pean Com­mit­tee for Stan­dard­iza­tion (CEN or EN 13158). Those la­bels have been in our hel­mets for years, but it’s good to re­mem­ber what they mean:

• it must with­stand blows on a flat anvil as well as on an anvil with a raised edge to sim­u­late a horse­shoe; it must slow the ac­cel­er­a­tion of the head on im­pact; it must per­form just as well at tem­per­a­ture ex­tremes.

• would af­fect a rider’s head. If in any test the forces in­side the hel­met ex­ceed 300 g, the min­i­mum amount re­quired to in­jure the brain, the hel­met fails.

ASTM stan­dards are up­dated pe­ri­od­i­cally as tech­nolo­gies ad­vance. The most re­cent change, which went into ef­fect in Jan­uary 2016, re­quires some hel­mets to un­dergo im­pact test­ing on a wider range of head forms. Hel­mets cer­ti­fied prior to Jan­uary 2016 do not need to be re­placed.

For more in­for­ma­tion, read “The Safety Hel­met Suc­cess Story” (EQUUS 429).

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