Breezy
Bluff
Riding
Academy

footwear
and
helmets
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PPROPER FOOTWEAR MUST BE WORN TO ALL LESSONS BY RIDERS.
NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO MOUNT IN IMPROPER FOOTWEAR

Proper footwear is not only safer, but more comfortable and easier to ride in.  


The boot should not be too clunky and heavy; even though the heel at least one inch high, the rider's foot is likely to get jammed in the stirrup if he/she doesn't follow proper riding form. Also the heel should not be so high that this boot
will make it more difficult for the rider to keep his/her heel in the proper position.
Heavy cleats will make it more likely the shoe would hang in a stirrup

The athletic shoe is also a poor choice for horseback riding. The lack of a heel makes this shoe unsafe for riding; the rider's foot is likely to slip around in the stirrup more than it should, and could also become jammed much too far into
the stirrup
.
Western boots  are excellent choices for riding. The paddock boot/shoe is also designed for riding they both have an appropriate heel height, stiffer smooth hard sole, and will give the rider's foot more support in the stirrup. While the
rider's foot can still slide forward in the stirrup, the boot design will likely keep the foot from becoming stuck in the stirrup, which is important if the rider should fall from his/her horse.

It's not necessary to purchase boots that are specifically made for riding, but you should choose a boot or shoe with a similar heel/sole design, i.e., neither too clunky nor flat, and the heel should be 1 inch to 1 1/2 inches high. Work
boots and boots used in rainy weather may be appropriate, but boots with aggressive treads are not ideal as they can hinder your ability to get out of the saddle quickly. Check your closets before running out and spending $$ to see if
you already have an appropriate riding shoe or boot!
                                                                                       
The Importance of Wearing a Helmet
In recent years, the use of helmets for bicycle riding, roller blading and other sports has become more prominent. Safety is obviously more important than a fashion statement! Wearing a helmet around horses is no different.
Recent studies have shown that over 17% of horse injuries impact the head and 60% of those result in fatality. Unlike what most people think, these injuries occur not only when riding. A horses kick or quick jolt of the head can be just
as dangerous.

During the last few years, local, national and international groups have passed rules and legislation requiring the use of approved riding helmets. All junior competitors in Hunter, Jumper and Hunt Seat Equitation Divisions must wear
helmets while mounted anywhere on horse show grounds. And recently New York and Iowa have enacted statutes requiring all riders to wear an approved equestrian helmet while riding a horse. Other states are expected to enact
statutes requiring the same.  
CAUTION  the TROXEL SPIRIT HELMET is NOT approved for use at BREEZY BLUFF
Wearing protective headgear will reduce the severity of potential injuries by absorbing the impact. Effective helmets approved by ASTM/SEI follow basic safety standards of a shock-absorbing liner made of expanded polystyrene and
covered with a hard shell. When choosing a helmet fit is the most important feature.
Now that you know why you need a helmet, here are some tips to help you get the right fit:

1. Make sure the helmet is level.
2. Check that the helmet fits snuggly around the head
3. Fasten the harness so the helmet fits comfortably over the ears.
4. The brim of the helmet should rest at 0.5 to 1 inch above the eyebrows
5. Make sure that the chin strap is snug.
6. Minor adjustments can be made with fitting pads

HELMETS ARE PROVIDED FOR FREE USE FOR FIRST 10 LESSONS &
DURING CAMPS AT BREEZY BLUFF