What are horseback riding helmets called? An equestrian helmet is a form of protective headgear worn when riding horses. This type of helmet is specially designed to protect the rider’s head in the event of falls from a horse, especially from striking a hard object while falling or being accidentally struck in the head by a horse’s hoof.
How do I choose an equestrian helmet?
- Always wear a helmet around horses, including handling.
- Buy the safest possible (multiple safety standards)
- Know your head shape and size (more on this below)
- New helmets should be snug, they’ll mould to your head over time.
- Get professionally fitted if possible.
Can you wear a bike helmet for horseback riding? You can wear bike helmets while horse riding, but they aren’t safe because they don’t adequately protect your head. And most horse riding facilities that require riding helmets only accept certified horse riding helmets and will not allow you to ride with a bike helmet.
Are horse riding helmets different? The main differences are the helmet head coverage and the type of test anvils. Based on the test line in ASTM F1163, equestrian helmets need to provide more head coverage, especially in the back of the head.