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Rachel Kosmal McCart
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Helmets Revisited

Q: Is it law in California that riding helmets (for horseback riding) must be worn for riders ages 18 and under?

A: California does not mandate the use of helmets for anyone engaging in horse related activities. However, parents should be aware that Section 21212 of the California Motor Vehicle Code requires persons under 18 to wear helmets during the following activities in public areas such as parks, roadways and bike paths: skateboarding, skating (in-line or regular roller skates), riding a scooter or riding a bicycle. In addition, the California Motor Vehicle Code requires persons of all ages operating motorcycles, motorized bicycles or motorized scooters on public roadways to wear helmets. Many private boarding stables and public riding areas also require riders to wear helmets.

About the Author: Rachel Kosmal McCart, the founder of Equine Legal Solutions, is a lifelong horsewoman and experienced lawyer. Equine Legal Solutions, the Legal Counsel with Horse Sense TM , offers a full range of legal services for the horse community, including dispute resolution, customized contracts and risk management assessment.
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