Horse racing is entertaining, and it’s one of the most popular among people online betting in Ghana. But you will get even more wonderful emotions if you start riding yourself. To stay safe, you must choose the right equipment. These tips will help you find your helmet and gloves.
How to Choose a Riding Helmet?
When riding or practicing equestrian sports there is always the possibility of falling off the horse. In order to avoid dangerous head injuries, the rider should wear a buckled protective helmet at all times while on the horse: both in training and competition. Even if you are an experienced rider or ride calm horses, you must wear a helmet – one day it may save your life!
Certified riding helmets are made according to a common principle – it is a rigid outer shell with a small visor, made of different materials and having a variety of designs, inside which there is a protective layer of fine mesh polystyrene. This layer can effectively absorb shocks and protects the head of the rider from injury. Modern helmets have a safe three-point or four-point attachment, and a thin inner lining, which can be unfastened and washed.
Helmet size corresponds to head circumference, which is measured with a centimeter tape around the circumference, at the widest part, through the back of the head and forehead. Different helmet models may have a slightly different inner shape so it is better to try on several variants and make sure that the helmet fits comfortably – tightly, but not squeezing the head anywhere and not causing discomfort. The visor should be a few centimeters above the eyebrows at a slight angle without obstructing the view. The brackets are adjustable in length so that the helmet is securely fastened.
Adjustable helmet models can be adjusted to fit with a special wheel or elastic band. This is a big advantage for young riders and a child can wear an adjustable helmet for several years without changing it. Adjustable helmets are lightweight and ventilated and are also suitable for riding or entry level riders due to their value for money. However, this type of helmet is less durable and reliable than one size helmets.
One Size Helmets
These helmets are one-piece construction, and are exactly the same size. One size helmets come in a variety of designs and finishes, with or without ventilation, but they are all very durable and recommended for competitive use. The only disadvantage of these helmets is that the size must be chosen very precisely, and for a child, it will have to be replaced as he grows.
To find your size for a one-size-fits-all helmet, measure your head circumference and look for a helmet with the appropriate markings. The final choice is best made after you try it on.
Helmet Storage and Replacement
A riding helmet, like a protective vest, must be replaced after every fall or impact! The polystyrene in the place of damage deforms, dampening the shock wave, so that it no longer performs its protective function (even if its external integrity is maintained) when struck again. For the same reason, helmets should not be stored near heat sources.
Children’s helmets should be replaced as the child grows, so that the helmet size fits the head circumference and provides comfort and safety.
Helmets are conveniently stored and transported in special bags or pouches to protect them from scratches and dust.
How to Choose Riding Gloves?
Riding gloves protect the rider’s hands against blisters and abrasions, as well as reducing slippage of the reins, allowing them to be secured in the right position. Depending on the weather conditions and intensity of use, gloves can be made of different materials. However, they always have a special cut and reinforced inserts in the areas of most friction – where the reins slip between the fingers.
Which Gloves Are Right for You?
Determine who you are to understand what gloves you need:
- A beginner rider. For your first lessons, you’ll be comfortable in simple and soft knit gloves that feel almost nothing on your hand, but protect against abrasions and blisters. This also applies to recreational riding once a week.
- Regular training. If you ride more intensively (2 – 3 times a week) you will need stronger polyurethane gloves that are hard-wearing and provide a good grip on the lead.
- Intensive training. If you are training daily or training with several horses per day, you will need gloves that are soft, thin and as durable as possible – e.g. leather gloves.
- Competition. The form of clothing required at specific equestrian events is specified in a special regulation. But, as a rule, it is white or light-colored gloves.
What Materials Are the Gloves Made of?
Knit or textile – soft, good value for money, easy to wash, tight and comfortable gloves.
Synthetic material, polyurethane provides you excellent appearance, reminiscent of suede or leather, high wear resistance.
Natural leather is maximum comfort, fits the hand with a “second skin” effect, looks elegant, but requires care.
Cold season gloves are thick with fleece lining, and warm ones have ventilation holes and slits. Riding gloves are adjustable for wrist width with velcro or elastic cuff.