Horseback riding can be very dangerous even for the most experienced professional. It is therefore critical for every equestrian to always wear proper horse riding hats regardless of the type of horseback riding sport or activity he is joining.
A horseback riding hat technically referred to as an equestrian helmet, is specifically designed to protect a rider’s head in case he or she falls off a horse. The exterior, normally made of resin or plastic, is also hard enough to protect against the impact caused by being struck by a horse’s hoof while the interior is soft to provide maximum comfort and sufficient ventilation to an equestrian’s head. A harness is attached to make sure the helmet does not fall off the rider’s head. Some are even covered in cloth for aesthetic purposes. Equestrians should not use these that are not specifically manufactured for horse riding since such helmets do not have features necessary for the sport.
They come in a variety of looks and sizes to accommodate all tastes and disciplines, although very few people look stylish with an equestrian helmet on. Helmets have a long history. Today’s helmets still reflect the tradition of conservatism proliferated by early English horse riding headgear. All the same, the emphasis is on the wearer’s safety as opposed to just style.
The outer shell of equestrian hat is plastic that resists shock and helps prevent accidental injuries in the event of a fall. The hat is designed to crumple during a fall. Padding is added for comfort and safety. If you do fall and your helmet absorbs serious impact you should replace it because there may be damage that is not visible.
There are many different types of helmets. Schooling helmets are used primarily for learning to ride. These are usually the least expensive. Show hats modelled after the English hunt cap are used in hunter, jumper, and dressage riding. Equestrian helmets concentrate on total safeguarding. Today’s helmets offer the horse rider more western designs. These styles have yet to be adopted by rodeo horse riders.
Using In Competition
Most riding events will not allow you to compete without one. These days, horseback riding instructors are required by insurance companies to make their students wear equestrian riding helmets. Helmets and covers come in many different colours because more and more people find the colours black, brown, and gay boring.
Horse riding hats are so important that they are required to be worn in most horseback riding events, especially those that involve high jumps. Authorised sanctioning organisations should also certify helmets worn. For trail riding, many people prefer leather helmets that are very durable and stand up well to scratches. Kask and Charles Owen are two top brands of helmets. Those planning to purchase equestrian helmets need to make sure to buy only certified helmets from credible sellers.
There are varying standards for different nations, with those followed by New Zealand and the United States being stricter than those in other countries. Among the most popular and rigorous horse riding helmets standard is the ASTM F1163, which is the standard currently adopted by the American National Standards Institute.