Horse riding is a wonderful pastime shared by millions of people. It’s such a versatile pastime or sport as riders can enjoy exploring the countryside by horseback, going on a riding holiday, eventing, show-jumping, dressage, point-to-points, gymkhanas and horse racing.
Most people ride for leisure or pleasure because they enjoy that unique bond with a horse as they ride around their neighbourhood. People who ride regularly will need to get the right equipment for themselves, such as jodhpurs, jackets, gloves, boots and horse riding hats.
It is important that the riding clothes fit correctly, especially boots and hats. Riding helmets are one of the most vital items to invest in because they can save riders from serious damage to the head or even save their lives.
When looking for horse riding hats, check the standards or kitemarks, which indicate the level of protection. Check over the riding hats to make sure they are up to standard. There should be ventilation holes to keep the head cool, the peak needs to be flexible so it doesn't cause an injury if a rider falls off, and the harness should be adjustable to get the best fit.
Horse riding hats are also made in different shapes, so each rider needs to find the most comfortable one. There are different brands and looks to riding hats, such as the classic hat with a peak, and jockey skull riding helmets in colours including black, grey and navy.