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  1. An ASTM-SEI Certified Riding Helmet must be worn when mounted at all times. Please carefully read below on how to fit it properly.
  2. Riders must wear a long or short sleeve shirt that covers the shoulders, no tank tops.
  3. Long pants like jeans or riding pants/jodphurs. No sweat pants or shorts.
  4. Boots that have at least a 1-inch heel; they can be paddock (short or ankle) style. No tennis shoes.
  5. Optional items include, chaps or half-chaps & gloves.

  1. The easiest way to shop for a correctly fitting helmet is to go to your local tack shop. The staff will be eager to help you select and fit a helmet. However, if you find yourself shopping alone...
  2. Find a helmet designed specifically for equestrian activities and like how it looks; remember you will be wearing it every time you ride.
  3. Check inside the helmet for a tag stating the helmet is ASTM-SEI certified. If it is not, since you are shopping for a RIDING helmet, put it back. It will not protect you in a fall.
  4. Put it on. It should fit all the way down onto the top of your head, and cup your entire skull. If it doesn't it is too small.
  5. Make sure the front of the helmet is no more than about 1-1/2 inches or two fingers above your eyebrows.
  6. Give your head a vigorous shake like you are saying "No." If it slides around it is too big.
  7. Grab hold of it and gently rock it back and forth or nod "Yes" vigorously. Your skin should move with it so that your eyebrows go up and down. You don't have to wiggle it very far. You just want to make sure it's not too long for you.
  8. Buckle the chin strap and adjust it so that it fits comfortably under your chin back against your throat. Make sure it is not too loose, but you should be able to chew comfortably. Another method is to yawn as vertically as possible.
  9. Way to go, you have a helmet that fits! Now go wear it and have a great ride!
  • Try a hat one size smaller and one size larger than one that first fits. It doesn't hurt to try and you might find one that fits better.
  • If one size is too big and the next too small, check to see if it has pads that go inside that can change the size a bit. If not, you may have to try a different style or brand.
  • Take the time to find one that fits right and comfortably. It is too easy to decide not to wear it if it's not comfortable.
  • Helmets bearing the ASTM-SEI certification are not expensive and worth every penny.

  • A hat that is not worn or one that does not fit properly will not protect you in a fall. Ride smart!
  • NEVER use a bike helmet for riding a horse. They do not cover the back of your head well enough and are designed for riding bicycles, NOT horses.
  • Never buy a second-hand helmet, you cannot properly determine if it has been previously damaged.
  • Always replace your helmet if you have a big fall or if it gets otherwise damaged.
  • When showing a horse in hunters and jumpers, contestants are required to have their hair secured neatly in a hairnet and tucked up into their helmet to give a neat and polished appearance. Depending on your hair length, this usually requires a different helmet (plus you don't want to use your show hat every day). Keep this in mind when purchasing a helmet for lessons or frequent use. If you have longer hair, decide ahead of time on how you will secure it while riding.

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