Updated Helmet Regulations (Australia)

Today was the first day of pony club for the year, yay! It was  a great day and fun was had by all. Anyway Equestrian Australia has updated their helmet regulations and their seems to be a fair amount of confusion as to what complies which meant I spent a good portion of the morning inspecting helmets and matching number sequences to the new regulations.

All helmets must now meet one or more of the following standards:

  • Current Australian standard AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards) provided they are SAI Global marked.
  • New Australian standard ARB HS 2012 provided they are SAI Global marked.
  • Current American standard ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards) provided they are SEI marked.
  • Current American standard SNELL E2001.
  • Current British standard PAS 015 (1998 or 2011) provided they are BSI Kitemarked.
  • Interim European Standard VG1 (01.040: 2014-12) with or without BSI Kitemarked.

(Image: Equestrian Australia)

This information can be found on the tag inside your helmet or on a sticker under the lining.

For more information or to see if your helmet complies check out the Equestrian Australia website: http://www.equestrian.org.au/news/helmet-regulations-updated


The Great Blanket Debate

Rugs are a giant pain in the butt, should I put his rug on now even though it’s not that cold but it will get cold later, is it to hot for them to to have it on, should they just have a rain sheet on??? Ahhhh! 

There is always a debate on whether horses should be rugged and of course it depends on we’re you live and what kind of horse you have, whether or not they’re clipped, etc. 

Maybe it’s because I’m a design student or maybe it’s because I love order and organisation but I love me an infographic ❤️📊📈 and this one is great, it’s informative and easy to read and understand!

Image credit: http://visual.ly/complete-guide-horse-blanketing

Oscar rocking Prince’s hand me downs ❤️

This photo was taken before the little devil broke one of the front clips 😈 #justlovemakingthingsdifficult #goodthinghescute

I can’t be the only one who wishes their horse could talk right? Why did you throw me off? On a scale of 1-10 how bad the pain? Do you want your rug on or off? Well your wishes have come true! Well the rug part maybe.

This amazing article talks about training horses to communicate weather they would like their rugs on or off using simple symbols: http://australian-rider.com/2016/09/22/new-study-claims-your-horse-could-tell-you-if-he-wants-his-rug-on-or-off/

Out with the outdated! 🎩

It has long been the tradition for dressage riders to compete in top hats no doubt dating back to the sports inception however New Zealand has now made it compulsory for all riders to compete in a helmet that meets their safety standards.

“This is a major step forward for safety of riders competing in New Zealand and is accompanied by the ESNZ recommendation that helmets should be worn at all time when handling horses” said ESNZ CEO Vicki Glynn. “Horses can be unpredictable and we know that riding is a risk sport so we must do everything we can to make our equestrians safe” she says. “Sadly we can no longer allow the use of the top hat in competition but the design and elegance of the contemporary safety helmet makes them a worthy replacement and safety must come first.” 

I think this is an excellent example of embracing modern science, knowledge and technology over more “traditional” or outdated equestrian practices.