Horse riding helmets should fit correctly. You need to protect your head – it’s the only one you’ve got! A wide variety of items can scare or spook a horse. I’ve seen them run away from a bag that is blowing in the breeze.
When they react to something different or new in their environment, you can never be sure what their reaction will be.
Wear a riding helmet and make sure that it fits correctly!
I’ve had ambulances at my farm several times over the years. I have seen horse riding helmets be the difference between a serious injury, to something that you can walk away from, or get right back on and ride again.
Charles Owen helmets aren’t the least expensive, but they are excellent quality at a decent price.
If you are not in an area where you can try on horse riding helmets then you need to measure your head. If you don’t have a cloth or flexible tape measure, you can use a string.
Measuring Horse Riding Helmets
Take the string or tape measure and wrap it around your head about 1.5 cm, or about 1/2 inch, above your eyebrows. Go around above the top of the ears encircling the fullest part of the head.
Assuming you used a string, lay it down next to a tape measure and get the measurement in centimeters. Once you have that you can use the table below to select the correct size for your head.
|Head Measurement||Hat size||Skull Cap Size|
|50cm||6 1/8||000 1/2|
|52cm||6 3/8||00 1/2|
|54cm||6 5/8||0 1/2|
|56cm||6 7/8||1 1/2|
|58cm||7 1/8||2 1/2|
|60cm||7 3/8||3 1/2|
|62cm||7 5/8||4 1/2|
The best way to see if a helmet fits, is try it on. When you do this, make sure you are standing comfortably erect.
Next, place a helmet on your head. When you push it down it should feel snug and the straps on the inside should come to the top of your head.
Have someone stand alongside of you and have them gently rock the helmet back and forth.
You want a horse riding helmet to move only slightly, causing your eyebrows to move up and down. Make sure the helmet isn’t so tight that it hurts you.
You’ll want to move your head around and make sure that it stays in place and that all the straps fit snugly.
The Troxel Liberty Schooling Helmet is a less costly alternative to some of the more expensive horse riding helmets. It has an attractive profile and is available in a variety of colors. We use Troxel helmets extensively in the lesson program at my farm.
Riding Helmet Damage
If you fall off and hit your head with a helmet on you should replace it. Even though it doesn’t appear to be broken, something may have happened to the inside, rendering it unable to protect you.
You also need to replace it every three years or so, as the padding on the inside can become compressed, as well as the sun or other elements wear on the plastic. this compromises the strength and safety of your horse riding helmet.