The Perfect Fit: Choosing the Right Horse Riding Helmet

Why should you wear a horse riding helmet? Oh that’s easy. Studies have proven that those who fall off their horse have a way better chance of avoiding skull-crushing injuries than those who don’t. Aside from that, you have got to admit that you look better when wearing one, at least most of the time. So here are three valuable tips when choosing the right equestrian helmet.

Purpose

Why do you want to ride a horse at all? Does your family own and tend a cattle ranch? Do you intend to become a professional equestrian and win at the Royal Ascot? Or are you one of those individuals who teach effective horse riding techniques for a living? Whatever the purpose for your buying is, there is a specific design for you.

One type of helmet is called the “skull cap,” which is very popular among cross-country jockeys and equestrians. These do not have visors which other prefer. However, many English-riding disciplines do not use this. Another one is the traditional velveteen show helmet. As the name suggests, this type is for those who’d like to maintain the ageless tradition of horse riding. These are definitely classy, but they aren’t as well-ventilated as the others, especially the most recently produced and designed. If you’re going to just do a trail riding, you won’t have to stress yourself over picking one; a Troxel helmet can be a pretty good helmet to use already.

So if you are going to buy one, be sure to pick according to your riding discipline and its demands.

Quality

This doesn’t need any further explanation. Just one reminder: make sure that the helmet you’re going to buy passes the quality standard of a respected and designated organization in your country. Others might be very appealing and cheap, and there’s no problem with that, as long as you will get your money’s worth.

A word of caution though – just because you paid higher doesn’t necessarily mean that your helmet is safer than the cheaper ones. It might be because you’re just paying for a branded one, and a sleeker design. As long as the helmet has passed the quality standard, then your head’s going to be fine.

Comfort

For many of us, horse riding is a strenuous activity, and we sweat and get weary after a day’s ride. That is why it is very important that the helmet you’re going to wear will not add to the stress that you’re already going to get.

To do that, it’s best that you measure your head’s size through the use of a tape measure before going to a horse tack shop. Aside from the size of your head, another thing to consider is the shape of it – others have oval-shaped heads while other have circular. That is why it is not a good idea to borrow a horse riding helmet from another.

When trying on the helmet of your desire, do not secure the harness yet; try to move your head onwards and backwards, as well as from side to side. Know how it feels when you are actually riding your horse. By the way, your helmet should not be fitted too tightly, as constant use of it will cause the inner linings to compress.

Your helmet should at least be a half-inch to one above your eyebrows. That is to make sure that when the riding gets tough, your helmet will not mess with your vision.

 

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