The horse riding helmet is the most important piece of riding equipment; according to statistics, it is 80% effective in preventing injury and death. So, never take any unnecessary chances and ride without one. Head injuries from horse riding can happen to anyone and anywhere. Regardless if you are a beginner or a professional, you risk your life by riding without proper head protection.
Thanks to modern technology and the growing demand for horse riding helmets, there are today many brands, styles and colours of approved equestrian helmets to choose from. Your choice should be based on fit, skill level, ventilation and quality.
The number one consideration when choosing your horse helmet is that it fits properly and feels comfortable. It is important to understand that an improperly fitted helmet will not provide proper protection and, if it is too small, it will probably create pressure points. To find out what your size is, use a tape measure. You must measure your head just above the eyebrows. This measure in centimetres is the size of your helmet. Use the size guides vendors provide to find the right size for you.
Your Skill Level
When just starting house riding, you will probably need help with your riding and getting your horse ready. At this point, you will need a lighter, easy-to-adjust helmet that fits you snugly. Some models feature a dial at the back that allows you to adjust the helmet to your head size. As you improve your skills and become able to get your horse ready by yourself, you will need a helmet with a foam lining for improved comfort. You may also want to choose a helmet with a removable liner that can be washed easily. When you become an expert and do not need help anymore when riding, a helmet with soft fabric finish for extra comfort, foam padding, and an effective ventilation system will be necessary.
Horse riding helmets can have front and/or ventilation zones, ventilation channels and a ventilated neck protector. When deciding which ventilation system is better, consider the conditions you will be riding and if you tend to start to sweat quickly. For intense rides, plenty of ventilation will be needed.
Make sure that the helmet you choose has passed the quality standard of a reliable and designated organization in your country. Some helmets might be very cheap and appealing, and there is no problem with that, as long as you get value for your money. It is important to mention that just because you pay higher for a helmet it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is safer than the affordable one. Sometimes you are just paying for a branded helmet with a sleeker design. As long as the helmet has passed the quality standard, you are going to be fine.