While no helmet will prevent all injuries, they’re far less likely to suffer a serious head injury if they’re wearing a properly fitted helmet with ASTM/SEI-certification. Every helmet Troxel makes meets and exceeds the current ASTM equestrian helmet safety standard as verified by SEI.
The Troxel Kids Helmet Guide will help you to navigate the process of selecting a helmet that is best suited for your young rider.
Use a measuring tape to measure around the child’s head one inch above their eyebrows. Or use a string to measure and then lay it out and measure the length of the string.
Use the chart to convert measurement to hat size
Now that you have a size measurement, you can review the various helmet styles. Most Troxel helmet styles come in XS and S sizes that will fit young riders. You can view the full selection of available styles and review the specific model sizing information to see if the model comes in a size range that would be a good potential fit for your young rider.
The three most popular all-purpose riding helmets for kids are the Spirit, Legacy and Sport helmet models.
The Spirit offers a deeper full coverage fit for incredible comfort and security. The DialFit™ system makes comfort adjustment quick when little heads grow or hair styles change. The XS size was specifically designed to fit young rider’s heads well. The inside shape of the Spirit will fit both round to long oval shaped heads with the use of the FlipFold™ tabs in the removable and washable helmet liner.
Spirit Sizes: XS (6 ¼ - 6 ½), S (6 ½ - 6 ⅞), M (7 – 7 ⅜), L (7 ⅜ – 7 ¾)
The Legacy is a classic schooling helmet for young riders. The DialFit™ system makes comfort adjustment quick when little heads grow or hair styles change. The Legacy is very lightweight and has more of a long oval inside helmet shape. The helmet liner is removable and washable and includes FlipFold™ tabs for further fit customization.
Legacy Sizes: S (6 ½ – 6 ⅞), M (7 - 7 ¼), L (7 ¼ - 7 ½)
The Sport is the original lightweight, all-purpose, vented riding helmet and remains one of the most trusted helmets in the market. It features a removable and washable headliner with shim pads that can be added and removed to customize fit.
Sizes: XS (6 ⅜ - 6 ⅝), S (6 ¾ – 6 ⅞), M (7 – 7 ⅛), L (7 ¼ – 7 ½)
Now that you have Selected a helmet its time to properly Fit it
Achieving the proper helmet fit is important for a helmet to be able to do it’s job. Don’t buy thinking, “They’ll grow into it.” Purchase a helmet that fits properly now, not a loose-fitting one.
Bike helmets won’t cut it for horse riding. Equestrian helmets are specifically designed and tested for a fall from a horse, and you want to make sure you have the right protection. Bike helmet testing mimics being dropped onto a surface like a curb, but equestrian helmets are put through a test that ensures they’ll protect you if your head hits a rock, fence, or the edge of a barrel. Equestrian helmets also cover a larger area of your head than bike helmets do and have straps that ensure they’ll stay in the right position both on the horse and if you fall.
Actually, the risk of injury is more closely tied to your distance above the ground, not speed. Falls from only over two feet high can cause serious injury.
You can spend $500 on a helmet, but it won’t make it any safer. As long as it’s ASTM/SEI-certified, you’re buying a certified protective helmet. Spending more might get you different padding, fancier decorations or materials, but it doesn’t translate into more protection.
Your helmet needs to fit YOU - not your friend. Even if your heads look like a similar size, head shape can make a difference. Also you don’t know if a borrowed helmet has been taken care of properly.
You need to replace your helmet if you’re ever in a fall. Even if you can't see damage, if you fall on that same part of the helmet again, you won’t have the protection that you should. And even if your helmet never takes a hit, it’s a good idea to replace it at least every five years (or sooner if you ride often), just because the helmet material can take a beating from all the sweat, heat, dust, and rain.