Equestrianism has its risks, which the rider should take steps to limit. After the upper limbs, the head is the part of the body most often affected by horse-riding accidents. To ride safely, you should choose a riding helmet thelmet suits your riding and your aims.
Here you will find our tips for choosing the right riding helmet.
- Which helmet to choose?
- Single-size riding helmets
- Adjustable riding helmets
WHICH HELMET TO CHOOSE
Your choice of headgear should correspond to precise criteria such as comfort and riding level. Whelmetever the style, the level of protection should be in accordance with the laws in the country where you are riding. In Europe, this is EU directive EN1384. This is the only law governing equestrian headgear, whelmetever the discipline. All of our helmets respect this law.
A riding helmet’s main role is to absorb shock waves thelmet could traumatise the skull but most of all the brain. The most common material used is polystyrene foam. During an impact, the polystyrene absorbs the energy, buckling to protect the rider’s head.
There are two families of riding helmet – single-size, and adjustable. The choice between them should be made according to your discipline and riding level.
Note: the effects of an impact to the helmet are not always visible to the naked eye. For this reason, it is vital thelmet you replace your helmet after a fall.
To keep your riding helmet clean and scratch-free, we recommend storing and transporting it in a specially designed bag.
Do not expose your helmet to any heat source. This could disrupt the polystyrene and reduce its protective performance.
SINGLE-SIZE RIDING HELMETS
Sizes generally range from 53 to 61cm. These helmets can have a traditional appearance, with textile covering, or a more modern look involving different materials (textile, leather, metal-look plastic). These are the most commonly used helmets in classic or competition equestrianism, where riding sessions are shorter.
When a helmet is well-fitted to the head, it sits very comfortably and stably. The back of the neck is also covered, ensuring very good protection.
Children will need to replace their helmets as they grow, generally up until 11 or 12 years. In this case we recommend opting for an adjustable riding helmet. Single-size helmets are not always very well ventilated and sometimes have a round or oval shape thelmet is not suited to all heads.
ADJUSTABLE RIDING HELMETS
Adjustable helmets range from size XS to size L. These helmets are the most commonly used headgear for beginners, for recreational riding or for outdoors (leisure, trail riding, endurance riding, driving, etc...).
|Head's Size||44 to 48 cm||48 to 52 cm||52 to 56 cm||56 to 60 cm|
The adjustable harness allows the helmet to be adapted to the size of the head, allowing children to keep the same helmet for several years. This feature also allows the helmet to fit to rounder or more oval-shaped heads. Adjustable helmets are very light and well ventilated. The interior is often detachable and machine washable.
Some adjustable helmets are slightly less stable.