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  1. #1
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    Default Schooling Helmet vs. Show Helmet

    Do you have a separate helmet for schooling versus showing?

    My daughter got a new Charles Owen GR8 because she liked the look better. But she still uses her old helmet for schooling at the barn. After reading the older threads on helmets I realized the helmet she schools in has probably exceeded its life (to many falls and its 3 years old). So, I thought about getting another less expensive helmet for her to wear for schooling. Thoughts?



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    Yes. I figured between sweat, wear & tear and falls, why wear one that was uber-expensive for everyday. I keep my nice one in a case, ready to go to shows, and have a less expensive Troxel at the barn for every day.
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    Yep, I have a pretty rough-looking helmet I bought last year when I got back into riding to wear for everyday stuff and lessons and a nice velvet helmet that stays tucked away which I'll wear for shows.



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    I've got a show helmet and schooling helmet. Last year I bought a standard black velvet International Helmet that was marked down and wear it everyday for schooling.



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    yup. I have a $50 plastic international helmet, yes its ugly but I dont really care if it gets gross or I drop in on the floor. I actually put a hunt cover on it and it looks much better.

    I leave my velvet on in the box unless I am showing/lessoning. And it still gets beat up!



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    Quote Originally Posted by starkissed View Post
    yup. I have a $50 plastic international helmet, yes its ugly but I dont really care if it gets gross or I drop in on the floor. I actually put a hunt cover on it and it looks much better.

    I leave my velvet on in the box unless I am showing/lessoning. And it still gets beat up!
    You should care if you drop it on the floor because it can compromise the protection it affords.

    It is good practice to replace a helmet after every impact, whether the impact comes from a fall from a horse on your head, or from being knocked off a tack trunk.

    As for the OP, I do not have showing and schooling helmets. I have one velvet CO that does double duty. I do have a 'retired' CO that I keep around in case a friend wants to ride with me. (It was retired due to general age, not because it took a hit.)



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    Nope, show and school in the same one- or ones, when I had multiple colored GPAs.
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    I have separate show and schooling helmets, but only because the helmet I find the most comfortable (SpeedAir) just doesn't look like something that belongs in the hunter ring to me. It's a godsend in hot weather though, and I find it cooler and much more comfortable to ride in at home.

    I have a CO Wellington Pro that looks a bit more traditional (IMO) so that is my show helmet for hunters and eq. If I showed in the jumper ring, though, I'd just use the GPA.
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    I have generally kept two - a schooling and show. This way, the show helmet stays nice (not so much dust and horse hair and goo), plus if you have a fall, you always have a spare on hand.

    The helmet should be replaced after even one fall where the rider hits her head. They are one-use-only devices.
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    [QUOTE=meupatdoes;4074845]You should care if you drop it on the floor because it can compromise the protection it affords.

    It is good practice to replace a helmet after every impact, whether the impact comes from a fall from a horse on your head, or from being knocked off a tack trunk.

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    Thanks Meupatodes. Posts like yours are what actually made me realize I needed to replace her "schooling helmet". Hopefully, I can find a deal on one. I know my daughter would love to have one of the vented helmets. The GPA speed air looks great for hot weather, but it is expensive. So, I might go with the IRH Elite.



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    Yes. I use my Jr8 for shows and my IRH for schooling at home.



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    i only dont use my GR8 if its raining, then i use my IRH. but generally i use my GR8 all the time, they replace them for you, even if just cause they smell.... but i ride in it everyday and still doesnt smell, even in this GA humidity!



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    Yep, a Tipperary for lessons and schooling. When (emphasis on "when", please note see thread on "crossrails at A shows" only I plan on starting at C's & B's, ) when I start showing, I plan on getting a new show helmet. I say "new" because I did have two IRH's. Loved them!

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    Yep... Tipp for home. CO for shows.




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    Quote Originally Posted by LSM1212 View Post
    Yep... Tipp for home. CO for shows.

    Same here - Tipperary to school in and GR8 to show in. I always have at least two helmets... just in case .
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    Quote Originally Posted by tikihorse2 View Post
    Yep, a Tipperary for lessons and schooling. When (emphasis on "when", please note see thread on "crossrails at A shows" only I plan on starting at C's & B's, ) when I start showing, I plan on getting a new show helmet. I say "new" because I did have two IRH's. Loved them!

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    Nope, I wear the same helmet for every day and showing. I keep it clean and stored in a helmet bag when it's not in use, and it's held up great. Going on three years w/ this particular one.



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    I wear the same helmet schooling as I do in the shows.



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    Quote Originally Posted by gasrgoose View Post

    The GPA speed air looks great for hot weather, but it is expensive. So, I might go with the IRH Elite.
    The IRH elite is a pretty nice looking helmet for the money. Someone posted pics of a few weeks ago in a thread on here.
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    My IRH is my "good" helmet and my Troxel is for day to day. Actually in the winter I use my IRH alot but the Troxel is far better ventilated for warm weather. I'm not sure if the IRH was "built wrong" but I feel NO air circulation in it.

    Has anyone seen this helmet or tried it? I saw one in a shop and they didn't have my size but it looked nice.
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