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Helmet Awareness

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Hobby Horse Saddlery is officially participating in helmet awareness day. Come into the store on August 1st 2015 and receive up to 20% off all your favorite name brand helmets including GPA, Samshield, Charles Owen and many more.

Many barns require you to wear a helmet. Some places give you an option; if you’re over 18 you can opt out of wearing one. At backyard barns and some private facilities helmets are not required at all, neither are rules, which can be scary. Most people think that not wearing a helmet depends on your skill level; this is where the myth lies. Horses are large, unpredictable animals. Your “bomb proof” horse could decide the tree he walks past every day is scary on Saturday… Protect yourself!

Buy a helmet that fits correctly. Your helmet should be snug. Goldilocks style—not too tight, not too loose, but just snug enough that when you wiggle the brim your eye brows move with the helmet. Run your fingers along the edge of the helmet and make sure there are no large gaps or spaces between your head and the shell, there should be contact all around. If you have any questions about the fit of your helmet come down to Hobby Horse Saddlery and ask us! We are more than happy to help with your current helmet or to pick and fit a new one.

When talking about helmets there are a couple “rules” to take into consideration. The first being, if you fall and hit your head; replace your helmet. Cracks can develop that are undetectable making any future falls much more severe and dangerous.  Make sure your helmet is certified, not only for your safety, but if you want to compete, or take lessons, you need a certified helmet.

Your helmet needs an ASTM/SEI certification. ASTM is the American Society for Testing and Materials. The organization is comprised of engineers and physicists whose job is to test and set standards for safety equipment. They developed specific criteria for horseback riding helmets to adhere to. SEI is the safety equipment institute. It is a separate lab that does further testing. The two organizations work directly together to ensure only the safest products pass certification.

Don’t forget to visit us on National Helmet Awareness day (August 1st) to learn more, get fit properly, and receive AWESOME discounts. You don’t want to miss out on these deals.

So, my confession you ask? I can’t resist a good bargain.

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,
Christine

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Pimlicos’ Preakness

“A horse gallops with his lungs, preserves with his heart and wins with his character”

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Two short weeks ago we all watched as American Pharaoh defeated Dortmund and Firing Line in the home stretch of the Kentucky Derby to secure victory. We dedicated a whole blog to the Kentucky Derby and now it’s time to shine some light on the Preakness.

The Preakness is the second race in the Triple Crown series. The series works its way up the coast from Churchill Downs in Kentucky, to Pimlico in Maryland, and ends with the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York. The Preakness is often referred to as the race for the Black Eyed Susan’s because the winner is draped in a blanket of the Black Eyed flowers. FUN FACT: The Black Eyed Susan is the official flower of the Preakness but it doesn’t bloom until late June/July. That being said, the blanket of “black eyed Susan’s” is actually a knock off and is comprised of gerbera daisies, sun flowers or other flowers with a black center. Officials are trying their hardest to one day soon utilize the actual flower.

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Just as the Kentucky Derby participants sip their mint julep, the fans of the Preakness created their own drink, appropriately named the Black Eyed Susan; the drink consists of Vodka, St. Germain, pineapple juice, lime juice and orange juice.

The race this weekend promises excitement. Crowds are buzzing with curiosity—begging the question—will we have a Triple Crown winner?! What do you think? Place your bets, tune into the Preakness and after all is said and done, we will see you on our home turf, Long Island, for the Belmont Stakes on June 6th.

So, my confession you ask? I hope Firing Line delivers the upset.

 

May there always be a hoof print next to your foot print,
Christine 

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