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Second hand riding helmets
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WhereTheFuckIsWonderWoman · 24/03/2018 06:51

I know it's not recommended to buy second hand, but with a growing child and limited budget, what's the alternative? What do you do with too small helmets if the advice is not to sell them? I don't know anyone personally with the right size for DD so would you say my only option is to buy new?

I've found two Harry Hall helmets the right size on a pre-loved selling site. Obviously they're both claiming little wear and no falls but they would say that wouldn't they?

At the moment there's nothing I can get my hands on that fits DD properly (other than an adjustable one but I don't trust it and she finds it uncomfortable)

What would your advice be?

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ilovetvandchocolates · 24/03/2018 07:24

I personally would never buy my kids or advise anyone else to buy second hand. Most have been dropped or worn during falls the unseen damage inside is just not worth it. Go to your local tack shop for a fitting. You will probably pay around £58 for a basic child's hat.

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happygardening · 24/03/2018 17:05

My children used to have adjustable one like cycling helmets. This was years ago so don’t know if you can still buy them.

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happygardening · 24/03/2018 17:11

Adjustable fitting is a fairly standard fitting style on all bicycle helmets I don’t think cyclist find them uncomfortable. With regard to “trusting them” DH has been knocked off his bike four times over the years and hit his head on every occasion on the road/kerb/car and his helmet has always been fine.

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ReinettePompadour · 24/03/2018 17:19

Never buy 2nd hand. Its your childs life you are putting at risk. Hmm

If youre dc is new to riding then the bicycle style helmets and skull caps are cheap to buy and some adjustable.

www.robinsonsequestrian.com/harry-hall-junior-riding-hat-pas015-767007?colcode=76700703

www.robinsonsequestrian.com/troxel-spirit-riding-hat-767611?colcode=76761118

www.robinsonsequestrian.com/shires-skull-cap-junior-767222?colcode=76722203

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DiseasesOfTheSheep · 25/03/2018 16:13

I would strongly advise anyone not to buy helmets second hand. You really don't know if they've been dropped, fallen off in, or even stored incorrectly. It's just not worth it - better to skip a lesson or two until you've covered the cost of the new hat if you really are struggling to afford one.

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RatherBeRiding · 26/03/2018 16:48

I wouldn't. It's a risk not worth taking. My DD and I both replaced our skull caps after landing on our heads. They might have been fine, but our heads aren't replaceable?

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spanishwife · 25/07/2018 17:01

I would highly recommend Decathlon for lower-cost riding gear (and everything else so far in my experience!).

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TroubledLichen · 25/07/2018 17:05

You can buy a riding hat from Tesco or Decathlon for well under £50. If you can’t afford the necessary safety equipment then you can’t afford for your DD to do horse riding. It’s a dangerous sport, second hand helmets are not safe and if she can’t practice it safely, in the correct equipment she shouldn’t be doing it all. Sorry if that sounds harsh but after a bad fall that cracked my hat on a tree it’s something I take very seriously.

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Gabilan · 25/07/2018 19:27

DH has been knocked off his bike four times over the years and hit his head on every occasion on the road/kerb/car and his helmet has always been fine

I'm not sure what you mean by "fine". I wouldn't trust any helmet that had received a bad whack. They may superficially look fine but the internal structures can be weakened so they become less effective.

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Booboostwo · 25/07/2018 21:05

Honestly if you are going to let your child ride it’s worth buying the best helmet you can afford. Riding is a high risk sport and the right helmet could save his life or prevent a life changing injury.

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cherrytree63 · 27/07/2018 08:50

I wouldn't buy a hat without having it professionally fitted. Heads come in different shapes as well as sizes, ie Champion don't fit me but the same size in Charles Owen does.

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cherrytree63 · 27/07/2018 08:54

Ps when I had my Charles Owen fitted, I was told that I can go back to have some extra padding put in ifhad settled (I haven't needed to yet).
It may be worth asking if the hat could have a bit of extra padding that you can remove if necessary (I have no idea if that's possible/advisable though).

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maxelly · 27/07/2018 12:33

Helmets are the one thing I won't skimp on, either for myself or kids. Absolutely everything else can be second-hand, including body protectors, tack etc. but you really can't tell with hats what's happened to them, as others say they can look fine on the outside and the protection inside can be cracked. It's just not worth risking a head injury...

But you certainly don't have to buy the most expensive models (Decathlon etc is fine so long as it meets the relevant safety standard, PAS015 I think it is). I also would say it is fine to pass on an outgrown hat to a younger sibling providing you are sure it has been well looked after and not dropped onto hard surfaces...

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SeventeenTwoChestnutMare · 28/07/2018 22:59

My eldest (8) has been riding for a year now and wears an adjustable helmet (Uvex, £50-odd quid). She’s still only walk/trot in the indoor school on riding school ponies though. It’s incredibly light, which is helpful when they’re finding their balance, and doesn’t move at all, even without the strap done up. (Obviously you wouldn’t ride without the strap, I just mean the strap’s not doing the work of holding the helmet snugly on the head.) Big-headed DS (4) has also worn it for a couple of ‘lessons’.

If DD carries on and progresses I’ll be looking again at the options, but for now I’m happy enough.

For all the reasons given on the thread, I wouldn’t go second hand, and for helmets, I’d want a specialist store with properly trained fitters. There’s a lot to like about Decathlon but it’s not a specialist.

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Booboostwo · 29/07/2018 09:46

IMO hats should be changed every two years as the materials degrade. Also I buy the highest safety standard available rather than a hat that passes the lowest safety standard. I have seen a lot of friends fall off though in the last 32 years as a lot of my friends are horse mad.

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SavvySaver24 · 02/08/2018 14:05

Personally I would disagree. I used to sell my old hats (used for competitions, as I outgrew them). I had never had falls in them and I told people that when they bought them. Obbiously I know some people may lie but you can generally tell if a hat is in good condition or not.

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Almostflownthenest · 04/08/2018 16:37

You can order helmets online from Decathlon. 365 day return policy.

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SisyphusDad · 04/08/2018 20:55

I remember a Police Motorcyclist coming to our school (many years ago). He told us that standing orders were that if you dropped your helmet you got it replaced. And a bollocking. But you couldn't tell by looking at the helmet's outside whether the protective layer had been compressed. Sorry, but it's just not worth the risk. And not everyone is honest.

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LaPufalina · 04/08/2018 21:00

Bought an adjustable one for my toddler in decathlon last week for £11.99!

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horseymum · 17/08/2018 13:52

Another one to say your head protection is vital. Also just beware that not all the decathlon helmets reach current standards which are acceptable in riding schools/ pony club etc, especially the cheapest ones. Pretty sure the adjustable one I have for my kids was about £25 from Polly hats ( although I think they may not be made anymore). Light weight is best for young children as their necks are not as well developed.

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DiseasesOfTheSheep · 17/08/2018 18:57

but you can generally tell if a hat is in good condition or not.

You really can't.

mackey.ie/when-to-replace-your-riding-hat/

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MyNameIsFartacus · 29/08/2018 13:58

Pretty sure the decathlon own brand hats do not meet the current PAS 015 standards, they are all BSEN 1384!

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Santaclarita · 31/08/2018 14:15

Put your child at risk if you want. But you're an idiot if you buy them second hand when there's lots of cheap new options available.

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Santaclarita · 31/08/2018 14:17

Pretty sure the decathlon own brand hats do not meet the current PAS 015 standards, they are all BSEN 1384!

I think you only need PAS if you want to compete. Otherwise bsen is OK for general riding.

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