It’s time for Equi-est Summer of Horse Safety tip number 3!
This time we’re talking about riding hats; a vital piece of equipment to keep you safe whilst riding. Whilst it may only be a legal requirement to wear a riding hat whilst on the road if you’re under fourteen, very few riders choose to ride without one- and rightly so! You should always ride wearing your own hat, so that you know that it fits you properly and is providing the best possible protection. But how do you know if your riding hat is fitted properly?
- Your hat should sit level on your head, just above your eyebrows.
- Your hat should have a close fit, although not comfortably tight, and not rock forwards.
- You should be able to fit one finger between your jaw and the strap.
- There should be a small space at your temples.
Wearing a riding hat for a riding event can mean that you have to take other things into consideration including colour, style, and different standards. You can take a look here to find out about the British Horse Society’s 2017 Riding Hat Standards.
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