Selecting the Right ASTM/SEI-certified Helmet for You

December 19, 2016 by Linda



Protecting yourself properly is one of the most important things of horseback riding. If you are a new rider looking for a new helmet and protective gear, read this blog for some tips on selecting the best one for your needs!

It’s also important to note even if you have an ASTM/ SEI certified helmet, you might want to buy a new one because it can be outdated. It is recommended to change out your helmet every four or five years, no matter if it was damaged or not.

Helmets are a very important piece of riding equipment and can increase your chances of preventing injury or death. No matter how experienced you are, you should never ride without a helmet. Horses are magnificent creatures but they can also be unpredictable, act on their own accord, and even the most trained horse can get spooked. Riding without a helmet is a huge risk to yourself and one fall or injury has the potential to change your life forever.

Styles of Helmets

Just like saddles, there are different styles for helmets:

  • Western
  • English
  • Jumping
  • Show
  • Schooling

When selecting your helmet, you want to make sure it is ASTM/SEI certified because you will know the product you are buying is the highest quality. ASTM/ SEI certified helmets undergo rigorous tests to ensure it’s suitable to protect skulls. They are also designed with multiple layers to decrease the impact and force during a fall.

How to Pick the Best Helmet For Your

If you go to a proper riding equipment store, the store clerk should be experienced in fitting you properly. However, it is always good to know the requirements for a proper fitting helmet.

  • Measure your head by starting from one inch above your eyebrows. When determining the measurements, always round to the nearest half an inch.
  • The helmet should cover your entire head as well as the back of it.
  • You do not want your helmet to shake and shouldn’t shift back and forth if it is touched.
  • When trying on the helmet, shake your head and move it around to see if there is any room. If there is space between your head and the helmet, try a smaller size. However, you do not want your head to feel like it is being squeezed either.
  • Test out the brim of the helmet as well to make sure it is one and a half inch above your eyebrows.
  • If you are changing brands, make sure to research and try on the helmets because some manufacturers design their products in a unique way.


For more tips on choosing the proper equipment and other horse related information, please refer to our blogs often!


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