Measure the circumference of your head just above
the ears. Measure in centimetres. For conversion to the riding hat or jockey
skull sizes please see the chart below:
correct fit is important if the riding hat is to offer maximum
protection – and that includes adjusting the harness correctly and
keeping it fastened whilst riding. We recommend that you buy your hat
from a retailer that has attained dedicated Gatehouse hat training and
certification or the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Hat
Fitting Certificate. It is important that the hat fits securely but not
so tight as to cause discomfort during wear. Extra padding can be used
sparingly to get the optimum fit but this is best carried out by a
professional hat fitter.
Having bought your hat, ensure you look after it well. Avoid exposure
to solvents or cleaning agents, adhesives, paints, fly sprays,
chemicals such as Deet etc. - spraying your horse with these chemicals
while wearing your hat, may result in damage to the external coating.
Store in the original or protective packaging in a clean, dry cool
area out of direct sunlight and avoiding extreme temperatures.
As hat manufacturers, we are constantly trying to improve the level
of protection available, whilst producing a hat that is comfortable to
wear. The introduction of polystyrene (EPS) liners has played a big part
in that development process, since it is lightweight and also provides
excellent levels of shock absorption.
Riding hats that have been subjected to a severe blow or fall should
always be replaced, even if the outer shell shows little or no sign of
damage. This is largely because the inner protective lining is designed
to absorb and disperse the energy on impact and, while the outer shell
may spring back and retain its shape, the EPS liner can become
compressed, reducing the shock absorption properties and so rendering
the hat less effective in subsequent falls.
While no helmet can be guaranteed to save your life, it can go a long
way to reducing the impact of a damaging fall or blow to the head.