Fitting & Advice

In order for safety wear to be effective, it is important that it is correctly fitted, adjusted and fastened when worn.

We recommend that you buy from a retailer that has attained appropriate training and certification from Gatehouse and/or the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA). Be certain that you are completely happy with your chosen product before leaving the store, since strict returns policies may apply to safety wear. Having made your purchase, ensure you look after it well and follow the care and cleaning instructions supplied.

While no safety wear can be guaranteed to save your life, it can go a long way to reducing the effects of a damaging fall.

How to check your riding hat fits correctly

The fit must not be loose on your head. Excess forward or backward movement is unacceptable. To wear the helmet, insert one end of the strap into the other end and pull to ensure the buckle is correctly engaged and the mention system is tightly fastened.

When fitting a dial adjust type of helmet, the dial adjust mechanism must be fully open when placing the helmet onto the head, once the helmet is in position, the dial adjuster should be tightened until the helmet is comfortably locked into place and the helmet cannot be moved up and down from back to front without causing some gentle movement in the scalp. Unfasten the dial adjust when removing the helmet after use.

For maximum protection this helmet must fit closely and the harness must always be correctly adjusted and used according to the appropriate instructions supplied by the manufacturer. The buckle should be positioned flat on the side of the face or under the chin and the retention system secure adjusted to be both comfortable and firm. For maximum protection this helmet must cover as much of the forehead as possible without compromising the field of vision. When fitted correctly it should not be possible to rotate or displace the helmet to reduce the level of protection and/or field of vision. Spacing between retention system and the side of the users head may vary substantially from one individual to another. It is essential when choosing a helmet to ensure that when correctly fitted and adjusted, any gaps between the users head and the retention system are minimal to reduce the risk of obstacles becoming entangled.

How to clean your riding hat

Painted surfaces should be cleaned with mild soap and warm water, gently wipe the areas needed to be cleaned and then use a soft cloth to dry. DO NOT SOAK.

Leather harnesses should be cleaned with…

Webbing harnesses should be cleaned with a damp cloth. Make sure your hat is dry before storing it.

The helmet ventilation system should be kept clear of any obstruction including dirt, insects or other items which could interfere with the proper flow of air.

Remove the comfort liner by firmly pulling at the hook and loop fastenings, hand wash or gentle cycle machine wash and then line dry only. Do not use tumble dryer as over heating will change the shape. The EPS liner can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Do not soak, air dry. The washable liner must be securely fastened to the side fo the helmet to all hook and loop fastenings before use and after washing.

How to store your hat

Store in the original or protective packaging in a clean, dry cool area out of direct sunlight. Avoid extreme temperatures such as those found in vehicles during hot weather.

Avoid exposure to solvents, cleaning agents, adhesives, paints, fly sprays etc., which can cause damage. For example, spraying your horse with fly repellent while wearing your riding hat, may affect the external finish. 

When should to replace your riding hat

Any riding hat that has suffered an impact should always be replaced, but even with normal use the effectiveness of the protective materials will deteriorate over time. While professionals riding a number of horses every day and in all conditions should look at replacing safety headwear every 1 to 2 years, the leisure rider could extend this to every 3 to 5 years with good care and depending on how often they ride – although they should make regular checks for signs of wear to the harness, lining and outer shell.