Riding helmets are designed for comfort and safety in the event of a fall and must fit well in order to be effective. For your own protection, it's best to wear a helmet or riding hat every time you ride.
Riding hats and helmets are uniquely designed to protect the rider’s head in the event of a fall. Common sense dictates that riders should wear a helmet every time they are in the saddle. The show and event world requires approved helmets for every rider during competition and Horze carries styles which are certified and provide peace of mind, as well as injury protection. Riding helmets or riding hats should be lightweight and comfortable, and Horze helmets are designed for maximum airflow with plenty of cushioning for comfort all day long.
Horse riding helmets are specifically designed to withstand impact from a fall from a horse. Unlike bike helmets, they are constructed to protect from debris as well as impact, in order to protect the rider from many hazards associated with riding. Horse helmets provide body protection during trail rides, protecting riders from low hanging tree branches, as well as falls. Visors on horse riding helmets protect eyes from sun and rain and offer a classic equestrian look. Add a colourful horse riding hat cover to your traditional black riding helmet to customise your style and coordinate with your other Horze attire. Stay safe on your next ride with a certified, approved riding helmet or riding hat and enjoy your ride with complete peace of mind.
Which helmet is right for you depends on what you ride. In principle, you can use a modern helmet for any riding discipline, but certain helmets have become more common for the individual disciplines. The only thing you should not do is use an old helmet without a three-point attachment. Such a helmet offers no protection because it slips immediately in a fall or is completely loose.
A modern helmet, also called a classic riding helmet, is suitable for leisure, dressage and show jumping riders. For military or competition riding, which is nowadays also called eventing, there are special, particularly robust helmets that also protect the neck. Western riders usually prefer brown helmets with a rough surface and possibly with decorations. At show jumping, dressage riding and military competitions, wearing a helmet is compulsory.
Only a helmet that fits properly will protect the rider's head. Therefore, you should make the effort to find a helmet that is the right size for you. However, this is almost impossible without trying on the helmet. The decisive factor for the right size of helmet is your head circumference. Many manufacturers and online shops indicate the size of the helmet in either the usual hat sizes (e.g. 55) or as S, M, L etc..
However, most helmets can be adjusted slightly in size. In any case, the helmet should fit so that your ears are exactly in the side triangles where the chin strap is attached. When you shake your head, the helmet should stay in place even if the chin strap is open. On the other hand, it should not be so tight that it is uncomfortable.
There are various reasons for replacing a helmet. With children, a new helmet is usually necessary because the child has grown and the circumference of their head has increased.
The following applies to helmets for both children and adults: After a fall from a horse, the helmet should be replaced.
Even if you don't see any damage to the helmet, the material may have developed small, fine cracks - perhaps invisible under the lining. In the event of another fall, the helmet will break in these places, instead of protecting the rider's head. This can lead to additional injuries. Even without falls or with an unchanged head circumference, a riding helmet should be replaced every 10 years at most, but preferably after five. Every material wears out over time. This is especially true for helmets, which are exposed to different temperatures and weather conditions.