Many believe that horse riding helmets are among the most important pieces of riding equipment that an enthusiast can have. However a helmet only really works properly when certain guidelines are followed.

First of all, a helmet is not just a fashion statement. When purchasing a helmet, make sure that its design has been certified by the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) or that it holds approval from both ASTM and the SEI (Safety Equipment Institute). It will be worth getting a certified helmet over a more stylish or cheaper uncertified helmet if an accident actually occurs.

Second, more expensive does not always mean more protected. Equipment testers often assess using a pass or fail method. Any passing helmet is good enough for riding. What makes some horse riding helmets more expensive often has to do with the materials used. Various leathers, straps and aesthetically pleasing materials can add to the cost. Similarly, the use of lighter yet sturdy materials can also make horse riding helmets more expensive. Obviously, lighter materials are not usually as sturdy as heavier ones. However, technological advances have helped bring weight and strength closer to each other - at a certain cost, of course.

Third, treat your helmet well. Rest assured that the certification organizations have done their jobs. There is no need to test a helmet for impact and risk hairline damages before using it regularly. Following the same logic, don't toss or kick it around.

Fourth, make sure your helmet fits properly. There are not only different sizes of horse riding helmets, but variations in the sizes between different brands as well. Make sure to test the actual size and model of the helmet that you wish to purchase before doing so. If you're buying online, you can even go to a traditional shop first, just to try it on.

Finally, make sure that you wear your helmet properly. The strap should be snug, and the helmet should cover your forehead, right above your eyebrows.

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