Hat Fitting - Tips and Tricks

Hey everyone, Simon here from Track Right Equestrian!
Today, we're tackling another crucial aspect of rider safety: the riding hat. Just like with body protectors, a well-fitted hat can make all the difference in protecting you during a fall. Let's dive into the details!

Finding the Perfect Fit

A riding hat isn't just about protection; it should also be comfortable and allow you to focus on your riding. Here's what to consider when finding the perfect fit:

  1. Hair Up or Down? Show up for your fitting with your hair as you normally would have it when riding. This ensures the hat fits snugly with your hair as you'd normally have it.

  2. Explore Different Styles: Riding hats come in various shapes and sizes. Don't be afraid to try on different styles to find the one that suits your head shape best.

  3. Discipline-Specific Hats: Different riding disciplines often have specific hat requirements. For instance, skull caps are required for cross country. Check the regulations for your chosen discipline before making a purchase.

  4. Safety Standards Matter: Your hat should meet the safety standards set by your competition governing body, riding school, or riding club. Look for hats certified to the latest safety standards.

  5. Shape and Size: It's not just about the size of the hat; the shape is equally important. The hat should fit snugly without any pressure points or headaches.

Avoiding Common Mistakes

  1. No Growing Room: Don't buy a hat that's too big for your child to "grow into." A hat should fit correctly from the moment you buy it.

  2. Chin Strap Adjustment: Don't neglect the chin strap! It's a crucial safety feature that keeps the hat securely on your head in the event of a fall. Adjust it for a snug but comfortable fit.

  3. Comfort is Key: A properly fitted hat should be comfortable. If you experience pressure points or headaches, try a different size or shape.

  4. Replace After a Fall: Always replace your hat after a fall, even if there's no visible damage. Internal damage may have occurred, compromising its protective capabilities.

Remember: Your riding hat is your first line of defence in case of a fall. Take the time to find one that fits properly, meets safety standards, and is comfortable for you. If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable team at Track Right Equestrian.