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Horse Riding Hats Size Guide

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Buying a riding hat is one of the first things you'll need to do when taking on horse riding as a hobby. Even if you are taking regular lessons at a riding school it is better to have your own hat for comfort and convenience. So we have put together some points in this Horse Riding Hats size guide to help you get the right fit.

It is a crucial and necessary aspect of every equestrian's safety to wear a riding hat when in order to protect your head should an accident occur. Horse riding can be especially dangerous on roads, but a hat should be worn for other horse riding activities too, including show jumping, schooling and even loading horses into a vehicle.

Safety Standards

It's important to ensure that the hat you choose is secure and is comfortable for you to wear. It must also meet current safety standards. The use of hats bearing EN1384 or BSEN1384 is being phased out during 2016. Therefore, the hat you choose should carry another standard such as:

  • PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)
  • VG1 01.040 (2014-12)
  • ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)
  • SNELL E2001
  • AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards)

The withdrawal of the standard has no effect on those riding hats already on the market.

Fitting a Horse Riding Hat

When fitting a horse riding hat you should check that the buckles are secure without being too tight. The hat should be secure enough to enable you to glance up, down and sideways without movement, yet it shouldn't restrict you either. A snug fit must not rely on the use of a chin strap and should be focused on the forehead.

The hat's chin strap and back straps should provide a small amount of grip. The bulk of the fit should be provided by the hat itself. Hats tend to be quite firm, so it's important to allow for this when you try them on.

If you find yourself torn between two fits, it's a good idea to choose a closer fit rather than a loose fit.

  1. Take a tape measure and measure your head in cm's. Place 2cms above the eyebrows, skimming the tops of your ears and taking it round the fullest part of your head. You may need to smooth your hand over thicker hair in order to find the fullest part.
  1. Choose the helmet in this size range.
  1. If you're fitting a style which has a great amount of padding and less vents, you may require a bigger size than that measured.
  1. Position the helmet approximately 13mm above your eyebrows. Press it down until it's in the correct position on your head. It might feel snug, particularly if your old hat had worn in and loosened.
  1. You should be able to feel the hat on top of your head. If you can't, the hat may be too small. In this case, you'll need to repeat the previous steps with a hat in the next size up.
  1. Rock the hat gently. There should be a vacuum at the front, so that you feel suction as you lift it off, or that your eyebrows move when the hat is rocked back and forth. This is vital to ensuring a correct fit.
  1. Make sure that there is space at the front of your temples (this can help prevent a headache from occurring).
  1. Check the space at the back of the hat. A little space here is fine, as it's not as important as the front area. There shouldn't be too much room either.
  1. Adjust the hat's harness. Start with the front strap, making sure that there's a snug fit under the chin (rather than on the chin). Next, adjust the back strap.
  1. These fastenings ensure that the hat you have fitted doesn't not fall off and remains in the correct position whilst riding.

Horse Riding Hats Size Guide Chart


Riding Hat Size

Skull Cap Size





6 ⅛

000 ½


6 ¼



6 ⅜

00 ½


6 ½



6 ⅝

0 ½


6 ¾



6 ⅞

1 ½





7 ⅛

2 ½


7 ¼



7 ⅜

3 ½


7 ½



7 ⅝

4 ½


7 ¾



Replace your hat right away after the event that you fall off and hit your head. Looking at your hat, might not appear broken, but it could be damaged inside and therefore not provide adequate protection.

You should look to replace your hat every three years. This is because the padding can compress, reducing the level of protection it provides. Sunlight can also cause damage to the plastic and reduce strength.


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