Helmet Crash Replacements—What to Do Before and After a Fall

helmet crash replacementAlthough a riding helmet can make a fashion statement reflective of your personal style, it’s far from a simple accessory. Use of a protective helmet is always wise for riding, and in fact is mandated by the U.S.E.F. and the F.E.I. for mounted riders on show grounds. Some horse handlers even choose to wear a helmet for lungeing or while working with young or fractious horses on the ground as an added precaution.

A fall can happen by any rider from any horse at any time. When it does, the rider is checked out, the horse is checked out and plans to avoid a similar occurrence in the future are usually made. The next step should always be to replace the crash helmet even if it appears to be intact. The protective materials inside the helmet, which have performed their job successfully once, can be severely compromised and unable to work properly in the future.

Often, riders want to avoid replacing a helmet because of the cost. Helmet manufactures are sympathetic to this concern. They actively try to enforce that you should never ride again in a helmet that sustained a crash, and to this end, all offer wonderful crash replacement policies. These crash helmet policies allow you to get a replacement helmet a fraction of the cost in the event of a fall where your helmet is impacted. Generally, you will need to send your original receipt, an accident report form or letter explaining the incident and the crashed helmet, but make sure you follow the specifics for each manufacturer.

We’ve outlined differences in helmet ages and contact information for some of our manufacturers below, so you know where to start if you find yourself needing a replacement. But first and foremost, whenever you purchase a riding helmet, save your receipt and any manufacturer’s tags or documentation that accompanies it!

Let Dover Saddlery Help You
GPA, Charles Owen and Uvex helmet crash replacements can be done through Dover Saddlery if you purchased your helmet with us. Just give us a call or come into one of our many stores.

  • GPA:  Helmet must be purchased within the last year.
  • Charles Owen:  Helmet must be purchased within the last 3 years; the  age of helmet determines discount on the replacement.
  • Uvex:  Helmet must be purchased within the last 3 years; the  age of helmet determines discount on the replacement.

 Contact Manufactures Directly

Helpful Riding Helmet Resources

helmet resourcesIt’s Helmet Week here at Dover! A helmet is perhaps the most important piece of equipment a rider will purchase. Choosing the right helmet requires a rider to find a model that is aesthetically pleasing, appropriate for use in his or her riding discipline—and most critically—well fitting.  A helmet purchase can represent a significant investment once all these factors are met, so proper helmet care is also critical. We’ve put together some helpful resources about riding helmets so that you can arm yourself with the knowledge to get the most out of your riding helmet. Continue reading

Change the Way You Clean Stalls – Noble Outfitters Wave Fork

wave fork

Regardless of if you clean one stall, twenty or just your trailer, the Wave Fork from Noble Outfitters™ will change your mucking experience. The Wave Fork is made from a heavy-duty i-beam rail and flexible tines attached to a lightweight, aircraft grade, aluminum handle. This lightweight composition, which weighs only 2.1 pounds, combined with a signature basket design make using the Wave Fork extremely easy, comfortable and enjoyable. Continue reading

In the Saddle with Jonny Lavine – A Life of Polo

jonny lavineIf you haven’t had the experience of watching a polo match, it’s something to definitely get on your schedule. While different from the horse show circuits many of us know well, polo offers a different, fast-pace way to enjoy the sport of horseback riding. Jonny Lavine, who currently plays for the University of Miami polo team, was happy to tell us how he got into the sport, what makes a good polo pony and what he finds necessary around the stable.  Continue reading

Guest Blog: Relieve Sore Feet with Magic Cushion

With so many great products, Absorbine® is always happy to give us more information about any we are particularly excited for. Here they let us know how Magic Cushion® can help painful hooves and provide instructions on how they recommend using it.hoof care

Many types of equestrian activities and environmental conditions, whether training and competition, endurance and trail rides, dry and hard ground or even a transition from shod to barefoot, can put an added strain on your horse’s hooves. Continue reading

On Location at Brackenside Estate

brackenside estateAs you drive onto the grounds of Brackenside Estate, you are almost transported into another era. The gravel drive, expansive fields, meticulously manicured grounds and soft nickers of horses nearby all make the experience enchanting. During our fall photo shoot at Brackenside this week, we were lucky enough to be given a tour of the estate by the owner and learned about the rich history of the property. Continue reading

Guest Blog: Hoof Care with Ice Horse

Icing and cold therapy can benefit a variety of areas on the horse. Pro-Equine Grooms and Ice Horse® outline how you can help your horse’s hooves with the Ice Horse Big Black Boot.

hoof careMany of us have grooming routines that include icing our horse’s legs after exercise.  We can take this one step further to treat our horse’s hooves as well.  Hoof icing can be a daily occurrence done for maintenance; there is no need to wait for an unfortunate incident or medical condition to consider icing your horse’s hooves.  Work closely with your veterinarian to create an icing plan for your horse based on his medical history, his exercise, his conformation and his job.  Your veterinarian is also the only one who can diagnose, treat and prescribe medications for your horse’s hoof issues, so involve the vet if you even suspect any hoof injuries or diseases.  Time is of the essence! Continue reading

Guest Blog: Fly Control for Every Horse from UltraShield

Our friends at Absorbine® explain the different types of UltraShield® fly spray and how each works best.fly controlSpring and summer offer the perfect breeding grounds for all those pesky flies, gnats, mosquitoes and ticks, and their many species that pose a threat to the comfort and well-being of our horses. With a plethora of different products to pick from, choosing how to combat these insects can prove to be a tough decision. Understanding these options the best you can is a good start to knowing the right protection for your horse. Continue reading