Riding helmets

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Using a helmet is a given for everyone who rides or drives. Top-level riders in both show-jumping and dressage use helmets in both training and competition.

A helmet can make a decisive difference to the outcome of an accident. The helmet has to have the right safety marking to certify that it offers complete protection. All Höök's helmets comply with the standard requirements for riding helmets. You have to have an approved helmet to take part in any activities organised by the Swedish Equestrian Federation. Read more: Labelling of riding helmets

There are various helmet models available. It is mainly the outside of the helmet that varies depending on which context it will be used in. For example, a trotting helmet has to be easily wiped clean as it gets covered in gravel and clay splashes.

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The most important thing is that the helmet fits well and is comfortable and, above all, must not be too large and must protect the forehead, temples and back of the head. If the helmet is too large, it can slide and move out of the position where it is most needed.

Helmet size is the same as the head's circumference in centimetres. When you put on the helmet, adjust the chin strap and then adjust it at the back of the head. Adjust it carefully and check whether it feels right.
It should not be too warm and the fastener should be easy to adjust. When the helmet is sitting correctly the peak will be horizontal, not too high on the forehead or too low towards the eyes. It is also important that the helmet is not too heavy.

Dispose of the helmet if it has suffered an impact

Regularly check the helmet to ensure it isn't damaged. Bear in mind that not all damage can be seen from the outside. A helmet that has suffered a powerful impact should be disposed of. Dropping it on the stable floor or banging it into a wall can be enough to alter or completely destroy its protective function. To be safe, we recommend that you change helmet every couple of years.

Store the helmet correctly

Store the helmet in a dry, clean place when you are not using it – a helmet hanger is best. Transport the helmet to and from the stable in a protective bag and never place the helmet in direct sunlight, e.g. on a window sill or the back of a car. Never use chemical solvents to clean it. Velvet-covered helmets are brushed with warm water and a mild soap solution and are then allowed to air dry. Always follow the usage and care instruction that come with the helmet.

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