How to choose a horse riding helmet

There are many factors when choosing your perfect riding helmet. Here are a few to consider:

  • Type of riding

    From jumping to trail riding, there are lots of different ways to enjoy your horseback riding activities. Choose a helmet that matches the needs of your particular riding style.

  • Comfort and fit

    You’ll likely be wearing the helmet for long periods of time, so making sure it’s comfortable will ensure that you keep it on and enjoy wearing it.

  • Rotational management

    Make sure the helmet is designed with a low-friction layer that’s intended to help reduce rotational force to the head during certain angled impacts like a Mips® safety system. 

  • How do I know my riding helmet size?

    Measure the circumference of your head at the widest point, just above your eyebrows. Compare this measurement to the size chart provided by the helmet manufacturer.

  • How do I know if my riding helmet is too small?

    A helmet that is too small will be uncomfortable to wear and may not provide adequate protection. If your helmet feels tight or presses on your forehead, it is too small. You should also be able to fit two fingers between your chin strap and your chin.

  • Are expensive horse riding helmets worth it?

    Expensive helmets may offer more features and protection than less expensive helmets.

    However, it is not necessary to spend a lot of money on a helmet in order to get adequate protection.

  • Which horse riding helmet is safest?

    All helmets that meet the ASTM/SEI certification standards are considered to be safe. However, some helmets may offer more protection than others, depending on their design and features.

    Look for a helmet with a Mips liner, which is intended to help reduce rotational motion in the event of a crash.

  • Brand and style

    There are plenty of great choices of horse riding helmets available today. The most common type of helmet is the all-purpose helmet, which can be used for a variety of riding disciplines. Other types of helmets include cross-country helmets, show jumping helmets, and dressage helmets. Be sure to choose one from a brand you know and trust, with a color and style that you’ll enjoy wearing.

Frequently asked questions about Mips®-equipped equestrian helmets

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