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Tips for the Rider: Riding Helmets & Safety Equipment

How Do I Choose a Riding Helmet? 

Riding helmets and safety gear are important parts of the equestrian's wardrobe. Riding hats come in a wide variety of styles from lightweight, schooling helmets to traditional show helmets.

When you are purchasing a riding hat, there are several things you need to consider. Fit is an important factor in choosing your ideal hat. You also need to consider where you are using the riding helmet and how best to preserve your most expensive equestrian equipment. For example, you should consider having a schooling helmet and a showing helmet in order to prolong the lifespan of more expensive competition riding hats.

Styles of riding helmets have changed a good deal over the years. European innovation has opened the door for a wider variety of options in the hunter/jumper and eventing scene. LAS riding hats work to provide a European look at a great price. The AYR8, from legendary riding hat maker Charles Owen, is a versatile cross discipline competition hat that fits a wide variety of heads and has a contemporary look without losing its traditional roots.

Troxel Riding Helmets are a favorite for its highly vented schooling hats that now come in a variety of styles to keep you comfortable in the ring or on the trail. Western helmets are also popular through Troxel and come in a variety of colors. Troxel also offers a number of innovative equestrian accessories to keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Riding helmets are for your safety, so you need to make sure you are taking good care of your helmet and that you replace it if anything should happen to it. For instance, it’s important to replace your helmet after any impact, such as a fall or dropping your hat from a height of more than a few feet. A riding helmet protects your head by absorbing the impact of a fall, and even if the riding hat does not appear to be damaged, it can be compromised. In the event of a true fall, the compromised area of the riding helmet can fail, leaving you at risk for injury.

What Other Safety Equipment is Available for Riders?

A discussion of equestrian safety equipment would not be complete without a discussion of riding body protectors. Body protectors are a critical part of many riders’ equipment. They provide important protection and are required for competitive Eventers. Like riding helmets, they are designed to absorb high amounts of energy on impact and greatly reduce injury to the body. Charles Owen is an industry leader that offers many different components of the body protector that work as a unit for a high level of protection. These body protectors are also rated Beta Level 3 as well ASTM certified. As an alternate, Woof Wear and Lami-Cell also offer an ASTM certified body protector.

Browse all of our riding hats and safety equipment here at Equestrian Collections. You’ll find the right level of protection and a variety of styles and fits from which to choose.


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