Riding Hat Fitting
A riding hat offers protection to your head in case you fall from your horse or your head receives an impact whilst handling your horse from the ground. A well-fitting riding hat really can be the difference between life and serious injury or even death.
Are you new to the sport of Horse Riding and looking to buy your first riding hat?
Riding hat FAQ's and our answers
Why shouldn’t I borrow a riding hat?
Riding hats can hide damage. Unless there is an obvious mark to the outside you can’t tell if the riding hat has sustained an impact. Unseen damage to the riding hat could result in the hat not offering you the required protection should you take a tumble.
Over time the padding within the hat becomes thinner. This results in less protection to your head.
A riding hat moulds to the individual shape of your head, your head shape is unique. Riding in someone else’s hat is likely to be uncomfortable.
Horse riding is an active sport. People sweat through their heads. The riding hat will have absorbed lots of seat from various heads. It’s this sweat that causes the padding to reduce and the protection levels are lowered dramatically.
It’s very unlikely that a riding hat that is more than 2 years old and has been used regularly will pass the safety tests that its standard applies to it.
My riding hat feels bigger?
Often the main reason for replacing your riding hat. The padding in your riding hat decreases over time. This is due to the heat and perspiration that’s generated during riding. A hat that is not fitted snugly all round will not offer the protection that you need should you have a fall or a blow to the head.
There is a mark on my Child’s forehead after riding?
This is often nothing to worry about. The hat needs to be in contact with the head all the way around. Often a red mark is seen while the hat is “bedding in”. The hat will mould to the individual shape of the head and the red mark should decrease over time. If you’re worried you can pop in at any point for our experienced staff to check the fit of the hat.
My child is only young, how long will it be until they outgrow their hat?
This is the million dollar question. We cannot fit your child’s hat with room for growth. The hat has to fit the head that we have on the day of fitting. Children’s heads all grow at different rates and in slightly different ways.
The circumference of my head measured 55cm on a tape measure, should I just buy that size?
No. We take a measurement of your head to give us a starting point. Riding hats are just like many other items of clothing the size and shape vary between manufacturers. We even have the luxury of shape variations within models of riding hats.
What to expect during a Hat fitting?
At Chaskits Horse & Rider, our staff are experienced riders, they have received regular hat training from our riding hat manufacturers. We will discuss with you the riding hat that suits your riding discipline and budget. Always try and allow a little time for a hat fitting. 15 – 20 minutes is common.
The circumference of your head will be measured, this measurement gives your fitter a starting point for which size of hat you will need. One at a time, hats will be selected and placed on your head. If you have long hair you will be asked to tie is back in a low ponytail, any fringe should be moved away from your forehead. Once a hat is found that suits the shape of your head, the harness under your chin and at the back of the head will be adjusted to suit. You will then be offered some time to browse the store whilst wearing your hat. This time is especially important with little children. We need to make sure that the hat is comfortable before you leave the store.
How will my newly fitted riding hat feel?
Your hat should feel snug, secure almost tight all the way around your head. Only a hat that fits your head securely will offer the protection that you need. A new hat shouldn’t hurt, but it will become more comfortable as it beds in. The hat during the first few rides, especially as you get warmer, will mould to the individual shape of your head. There should be very little if any gapping around the hat. At the sides beside the temple, there should be only a very small amount of room.
As your fitter puts on your riding hat, it will be positioned at the forehead and rolled back and down onto the back of the head. It should take a little bit of pressure to push the hat down onto the head, there is often a “woosh” sound as the air is pushed out from between the hat and your head.