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EXTRA SMALL HELMETS

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I looked at the CHA website. I would like to know if I can get some prices and styles of helmets from you to fit a 5-7 year old child. Thanx, Denise

Hi Denise,

If you'll send me your mailing address, I'll have the office send you information on our discounted helmet purchasing program. However, I must warn you, it is difficult to find extra small helmets. I have been researching this matter and thus far have not found any resources. I consulted with Holly DeBlois, Rural Youth Safety Specialist for the National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety. She too is looking into this issue. Right now, my best guess is that extra small helmets are not made because it might be inappropriate for extra small children to ride. There is also an issue about putting the extra weight on a small child's head. Proportionately, the smaller the child, the heavier their head is in relation to their body. When you increase the weight of the head with a helmet, it could put the child at greater risk. Please do not mistake this information as me saying your child should not wear a helmet, because I definitely think all children should wear a helmet each and every time they are mounted on a horse. I am sorry I do not have more definitive information on this matter but I will continue to look into it. It is quite possible that your child could fit in a regularly sized small helmet. My son did at the age of 5. Head size does not necessarily correlate to body size and age. The schooling helmets by Lexington are available is sizes as small as 6 ¹ and that is pretty small. I am forwarding this message to Barbara Lee as well and you may want to contact her for additional information on horses and children. The National Children's Center is a valuable resource available to all of us, you can get lots of safety information from them. Good luck and let me know if I can answer other questions for you.