General care of riding hats
Treat your hat like it's a treasure and it is unlikely to let you down when you really need it!
Store your hat in a cool dry place, do not allow it to rattle around in the boot of the car as this causes may tiny hairline fractures which eventually weaken the structure. Any hat that has suffered a heavy impact, either when being worn or by being dropped on a hard surface should be replaced. If you have any issues regarding the suitability/condition of your hat please consult your riding instructor who will offer further advice. Understanding Safety Standards & Kite Marks
When you purchase a new riding hat or jockey skull cap it should conform to either BS EN 1384 or BS PAS 015 1998 standard.
These numbers indicate that the hat design has been impact tested to British standards; the number will be printed on the inside of the hat, usually with a 'kite mark' icon.
Hats that confirm to BS EN 1384 offer suitable protection for leisure riding and are the minimum requirement you should consider for horse riding activities.
The BS PAS 015 1998 standard is awarded to designs that offer a higher level of protection due to the lower profile over the forehead and the base of the skull. These hats offer the best protection for leisure riders and for those who wish to participate in activities such as fast rides and jumping.
Hats with chin-cups are no longer permitted as they have been found to cause a whip lash effect in the event of an impact. Does this hat fit? -some quick and easy tests!
1. Measure the circumference of the head in centimeters at the widest point -using a flexible dress makers measuring tape.
2. Find the appropriate traditional hat size and jockey skull cap size on the sizing table.
3. Some styles and makes of riding hat are more suited to particular head shapes -for instance skull caps are often more
comfortable for those with round rather than oval heads.
4. Put on the hat & adjust the three-point-harness; the two straps that affix to the back of the hat should be adjusted, not just
the chin strap.
5. The fit should be snug, but not tight. Any hat that has to be forced on to the head by hauling on the harness or pushing/banging
on the crown is far too tight!. If the current hat is giving the wearer headache, it is very likely that they have outgrown that size.
6. Without the chinstrap done up, tilt head right forwards & place hands outstretched -ready to catch the hat.
Shake the head left to right. Any hat that slips or falls off of the head is too big.
7. Do up the chin strap & taking not care to catch the wearers face, tap the heel of your hand sharply on the front rim of the hat.
The hat should not slide backward on the head or press the back rim into the wearer's neck.
8. Ask the wearer to push forward on the back of the hat with one hand. This should make a gap at the front of the hat. Ask the wearer to put their index finger between their forehead and the hat & then release the pressure on the back of the hat. There should be just enough room to squeeze in one finger width in the front of the hat and it should take a little effort to free.