Troxel is the world's leading provider of ASTM / SEI certified equestrian helmets, having provided over four million helmets to the equestrian market. Established in 1898, Troxel is recognized for its innovative design and physician-developed helmet research leadership.
How often horse-related injuries happen?
- About 70,000 people go to the emergency room each year for equestrian-related injuries. About 12,000 of those people have suffered head injuries.
- Among lifetime riders (people who ride 6 or more times a year), 13% have been hospitalized with a riding injury.
- Horseback riders have the same number of injury accidents per riding hour as motorcycle riders.
Who gets injured?
- All riding disciplines have a significant rate of head injuries. Head injuries are the most common reason for equestrian-related hospitalization and fatal injuries.
- Unpredictable riding events — a horse spooking, bucking, or bolting — account for most head injuries, but 20% happen during non-riding activities or as a bystander. Wear your helmet when around horses even if you are not mounted.
- Your level of expertise doesn’t protect you: The risk of injury is tied to cumulative riding time, not level of expertise.
- Taking it slow isn’t the answer, either: Severity of the injury is most closely influenced by your distance above the ground. A fall from only 2 feet high can cause permanent brain damage.
How helmets protect you?
- When you take a fall, a certified helmet absorbs energy by crushing and extending your head’s stopping time to reduce the peak impact on the brain significantly.
- Helmets are built to compress and fracture on serious impact. A broken helmet is not a sign of a faulty one — in fact, it may crush or crack as it absorbs the energy that could otherwise cause you serious injury.