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How to Buy a Horse Riding Helmet

Protect yourself while riding a horse by purchasing a helmet with these features and safety standards.


  • Step 1: Ensure the helmet meets safety standards Ensure the helmet meets official U.S. safety standards by purchasing a helmet that is marked with the ASTM/SEI logo.
  • TIP: Never wear a bike or skateboarding helmet for horse riding.
  • Step 2: Choose the style Choose the style of helmet depending on the type of riding you will be participating in.
  • Step 3: Choose size correctly Purchase a helmet that is the correct size and that fits properly.
  • TIP: Avoid purchasing a used helmet.
  • Step 4: Get an adjustable dial fit system Get an adjustable dial fit system and a three-point retention harness to ensure a snug, comfortable fit.
  • Step 5: Keep cool Keep cool when you ride by opting for a helmet with vent ports to allow air circulation.
  • Step 6: Look for removable headliner Look for a headliner that is removable and washable -- your helmet will last longer with proper maintenance.
  • Step 7: Get a durable outer shell Get a lightweight, durable outer shell that comes in a color that expresses your style and personality. Hi-yo Silver, away!
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You Will Need

  • ASTM/SEI logo
  • Correct size and fit
  • Adjustable dial fit system
  • 3-point retention harness
  • Vent ports
  • Removable headliner
  • Lightweight
  • durable shell

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