Middle California

Education Resources

Helmet Fit and Safety

Hair and Helmets, part 1 - Helmet Fitting: Abriana Johnson of The Young Black Equestrians Podcast shares her experience and tips for shopping for helmets and getting a great fit.

Helmet Fitting - Advice from SmartPak on getting a great fit.

Putting Your Hair Under Your Helmet - Demonstration video from Mary's Tack & Feed on putting your hair up for a show.

Riding Helmets have Expiry Dates! - Yes, your helmet will need changing eventually, even if you haven't had a fall.

Riding Helmet Safety Standards - Useful summary of acronyms and standards from Charles Owen.

How are Helmets Tested for Safety? - Bill Vero explains how equestrian helmets are tested to ensure they meet safety standards.

History of Helmet Safety - Did you know USPC was in the vanguard of pushing for horse riding helmets and safety standards in the US? From the University of Connecticut, Animal Science Department.

USPC's commitment to safety - poster

Wildfire / Evacations

Managing Horses in an Emergency - Practical advice video from Keystone Sporthorses, PRE (2020).

Ready for Evacuation? Prepare for Wildfire - CalFire's advice on how to prepare for an emergency evacuation.

Horse Evacuation in the time of COVID - The Horse discusses how to take extra precautions when wildfire evacuation and other health emergencies coincide.

Guidelines for Horses Exposed to Smoke - Advice from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis.

Air Quality Index: Should my Horse be Working Today? - Advice from Starwood Equine Veterinary Services on when to let your horse take the day off because of poor air quality.

The local groups listed below offer evacuation training for owners and volunteers:

Central California Animal Disaster Team (Fresno County)

Napa County Large Animal Response Team

San Mateo County Large Animal Evacuation Group

Santa Clara County Large Animal Evacuation Team

Santa Cruz County Equine Evacuation Unit

Sonoma Community Animal Response Team