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Charles Owen's mission to create a safer world involves developing safety products that prepare equestrians for the unexpected. Every time a rider puts on their Charles Owen helmet, they are protected against a wide range of possible accident scenarios, from falling onto solid ground to hitting the sharp edge of a cross-country jump. Though no rider expects to have a fall during their ride, having the proper equipment can mean the difference between staying safe and facing the debilitating consequences of an injury.

A correctly fitted helmet is vital to the helmet's ability to function as it should, which means that the safest helmet is the one that fits the best. Keep in mind:

1. A new helmet should fit snugly with an even pressure around the head.
2. It should sit one finger's width above the brow and around the occipital bone that forms a bump at the base of the skull.
3. There should be no specific pressure points or gaps between the helmet and the head.
4. Every model of helmet - even within the same brand – fits slightly different, so it's important to try on a variety of helmets before making a final decision on which to purchase.
5. Proceed to payment & place your order!

Helmets should be replaced after a fall in which the rider hits their head since the Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) layer, which made up of microscopic bubbles that burst upon impact, will be compromised. Once those tiny bubbles have burst, that part of the helmet will be unable to offer the same level of protection should it be impacted again. If a helmet is never involved in a fall, it should still be replaced approximately every five years due to natural wear and tear on the materials.

*Dover Saddlery always recommends wearing helmets around horses.
**See Helmet Notice, Warning & Disclaimer at