How do I measure my head?
Use a soft measuring tape with centimeter increments to get the most accurate measurement. Start an inch above your eyebrows, just above the top of your ears, and around the bump at the back of your head, measuring the widest part of your head.
Is my head oval or round?
If the helmet presses against your forehead but rocks from side to side it’s too round for your head shape. If it presses against the sides of your head but rocks forward and backward, it’s too oval.
What if my helmet is too big?
If it shifts when you shake your head or sits low on the eyebrows, it’s too big. It will be a distraction while you ride and will not protect you well during a fall.
…Or too small?
Your helmet is too small if it pops up and sits on the top of your head or causes a head ache soon after you put it on.
Your Helmet Fits Correctly When…
• The brim rests 2 fingers (about 1 inch) above your eye brows.
• The skin on your forehead and eyebrows moves with the helmet when you try to move it up and down from the brim.
• The chin strap should be snug but not tight.
• Side straps should meet just below and in front of your ear lobes.
Did You Know?
• Equestrian helmets are designed to protect the riders head from one impact only. The foam materials inside the helmet will crush on impact so while there may be no visible damage, the helmet no longer offers the same degree of protection.
• Due to evolving helmet standards, technologies and the potential for unseen material deterioration, it is recommended that you replace your helmet every ﬁve years – more often if you ride daily or ride multiple horses.
• Most competitions and equestrian events require you to wear a helmet that meets approved standards such as ASTM/SEI certification. Always check for the certification label when shopping for a helmet.
• A concussion is a brain injury caused by a bump or blow to the head that can change the way the brain normally works. Even what seems to be a mild bump to the head can be serious. Go to USEF.org for more information on concussions and how to prevent and treat them.
• 1 in 5 people who are seriously injured around horses weren’t even riding.
• Follow manufacturer recommendations on cleaning your helmet. NEVER wash it in the dishwasher and do not store it in a hot car or trailer.
• Wash helmet liner monthly and replace liner once a year or sooner depending on use