How to Measure for a Horse Riding Helmet
Horseback riding is a very dangerous sport, and unfortunately head injuries are fairly common. Because of this reality, the most important piece of equipment that a rider has will always be their helmet. We cannot stress enough the importance of having a helmet that properly fits your head. We also would like to stress the importance of being sure that your helmet should be certified for safety specific to horseback riding. You can always check the rating on your helmet, as it will be printed on the inside of your helmet for easy reference. All of our helmets are double, or triple certified for safety.
The purpose of a helmet is to protect the head in case of an accident. A properly fitted helmet is extremely important because it decreases the chances of a head injury. Moreover, a helmet that does not fit right has a negative impact on your performance. If your helmet is too tight, wearing it will be distracting. In contrast, a loose helmet can obscure your vision, which can make horse riding dangerous. If you are currently shopping for a horse-riding helmet, here is a guide that will help you to get the helmet of the right size.
Measuring Your Head for a Helmet
You should follow the following step to measure your head correctly and get the best-fitted helmet possible:
- Measure the head. You need to measure the widest part of your head that is about one inch above the eyebrows. It is recommended to use a soft fabric measuring tape, so it is fitted snugly to the head. It is better to have a family member or friend with you who can help you with the measurements.
- Try a helmet on. When you place a helmet on your head, you need to make sure that it is lying horizontally. A helmet should feel snug but comfortable at the same time. It should not rock forwards or backward. Also, be sure to try on a helmet with your hair in the same style in which you are going to ride. Make sure that the chinstrap fits snugly and is not hanging loose under the chin. There should be enough space between the strap and chin to squeeze a finger.
- Evaluate how a helmet fits. When you are evaluating the fit, consider the shape of a helmet. Helmets come in different sizes and shapes, and not all of them are suitable for every head. For example, if a helmet is more rounded than your head, it may rock side-to-side. Therefore, you need to make sure that a helmet is not sliding freely. If it is, then you should probably look for a different shape.
There are two head shapes - oval and round. Most people have an oval-shaped head. However, there are also some people with a round-shaped one. It is important to know the shape of your head and take it into consideration because it affects how a helmet fits, as well as its comfort. Most riding helmets are designed for oval-shaped heads because this shape is more common.
If you are not sure what shape your head is, here is what you can do to figure it out. You should flatten your head as much as you can and ask someone to look at the top of it - they will be able to tell you what head size you have.
Riding Helmet Size Chart
Since helmets may fit differently from different manufacturers, there is no standardized sizing chart for riding helmets. Moreover, there are also different shapes of helmets. There can be variances and differences within product lines from the same manufacturer.
According to the Samshield Helmet Size Chart, a small helmet is between 6,5 and 7 inches, a medium helmet is between 7 and 7,25 inches, and a large helmet is between 7,12 and 7,6 inches.
Choosing the Right Helmet for Your Child
If you are measuring and fitting a horse-riding helmet for your child, you can follow the same steps listed above. However, there are also some other things to consider.
One of the most common mistakes parents make is buying a helmet that is a size too big hoping that it will last longer. It is important to remember that a kid's riding helmet must fit snugly. Horse riding with a loose helmet significantly increases the risk of head injuries in case of an accident.
When your child is trying a helmet on, make sure that it is sitting level on your kid's head. It should not fall back or too far forward. A helmet should cover their forehead and be about an inch above the eyebrows. The harness should be done properly, but it should be too tight at the same time. You should be able to squeeze a finger between the strap and your kid's chin.
Let your kid choose a helmet he or she likes because it increases the chances that they will wear a helmet properly. However, regardless of the helmet your child chooses, do not ignore the safety standards.