How to Fit a Riding Helmet

Here is how to find a riding helmet that fits correctly. It is important that your helmet fits properly or it will not work when you really need it.

Steps

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    The easiest way to shop for a correctly fitting helmet is to go to your local sports shop. The staff will be eager to help you select and fit a helmet for you. However, if you find yourself shopping alone...
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    Find a helmet, designed for specifically for horse riding activities, that you like the look of. There are many brands to choose from.
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    Put it on your head. It should fit all the way down, and cup your entire skull. If it doesn't it is too small.
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    Make sure the front of the helmet is no more than about 1 12 inches (3.8 cm) or two fingers above your eyebrows.
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    Give your head a vigorous shake like you are saying no. If it slides around it is too big.
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    Grab a hold of it and gently rock it back and forth or nod "Yes" vigorously. Your skin should move with it so that your eyebrows go up and down. You don't have to wiggle it very far. You just want to make sure it's not too long for you.
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    Buckle the chin strap and adjust it so that it fits comfortably under your chin back against your throat. Make sure it is not too loose, but you should be able to chew comfortably. Another method is to yawn as vertically as possible.
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    Way to go you have a helmet that fits! Now go wear it and have a great ride!

Tips

  • If one size is too big and the next too small, check to see if it has pads that go inside that can change the size a bit. If not, you may have to try a different style or brand.
  • See if you can push it around on your head. If you can and it slips around a lot, it is too big. It should fit firmly but not in a way of discomfort.
  • Take the time to find one that fits right and comfortably. It is too easy to decide not wear it if it's not comfortable.
  • Try a hat one size smaller and one size larger than one that first fits. It doesn't hurt and you might find that one that fits even better.

Warnings

  • Wearing a helmet CANNOT guarantee complete protection from injury, but it will certainly lessen the impact.
  • Wearing a helmet CANNOT guarantee complete protection of your head, but it does protect against some of the impact.
  • If you fall and hit your head, even if the helmet doesn't break it's a good idea to replace it.
  • DO NOT use a bike helmet to ride it, it doesn't protect your head the same way a riding helmet will. Remember that RIDING helmets are for HORSE-BACK RIDING and BIKE helmets are for BIKING.

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