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How To Fit Horse Riding Helmets

Equestrian Collections offers a great variety of horseback riding helmets and accessories that should delight competition, dressage riders, and jumpers. All of our helmets are approved by both the SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) and the ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials). We carry the finest horseback riding helmets and accessories, and premier brands such as One K, Ovation, and Troxel. 

When purchasing a riding helmet, it's extremely important to know how to get the right fit, so that you will be totally comfortable wearing it. Our newer helmets are lighter, made of more advanced materials, and usually provide moisture wicking linings. We carry traditional black velvet helmets as well as a variety of brilliantly decorated schooling helmets. All of our riding helmets have a closure that attaches them to a rider's head that is also connected to a harness. It is very important that your new riding helmet should be fastened correctly so that it will provide the greatest amount of protection.

Before you get started, to help you with your purchase, we offer a guide on how to fit our horse riding helmets below.

Step One: Measure

The circumference of the head should be measured about an inch above your eyebrows with an adjustable fabric measuring tape. Make certain that the measuring tape stays even and flat around your head so you can get an accurate measurement (It might be helpful to have a friend assist you, rather than doing it yourself). Consult the website of the company offering horse riding helmets for sale for a size chart to compare your measurements with.

Step Two: Get the helmet ready

Before trying on a helmet, make sure to open up its fitting system to the widest setting possible (Some horse riding helmets for sale are equipped with a ratcheting mechanism or dial in the back of the helmet that is designed to allow the helmet to fit snugly). Pull its chin strap out sufficiently far so that you'll be capable of buckling it, and proceed to tighten the strap when you are wearing the helmet. Some of our helmets have adjustable padded liners that will help you to achieve a more custom fit. Start with the largest setting, and add some more pads later if necessary.

Step Three: It's time to position the helmet

If the helmet feels too tight or loose and wobbly, you'll need to try on a different size helmet. If the fit is good, tighten the chin strap and the fitting mechanism, if it has one. Make certain that the helmet sits straight on your head and doesn't tilt. Check to see if the brim is level and sits approximately one inch above the eyebrows. The chin strap shouldn't be loose, but it also shouldn't be too tight so that you're not able to move your head comfortably.

Step Four: Double check the fit

Your helmet should not wobble if you shake your head up and down and from side to side. If it's wobbling too much, try a smaller size or another model.

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