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    03-15-2012, 08:12 PM
Riding hats

So I started riding when I was 7, stopped when I was 16. I'm now 18 and getting back into horses. Starting my BHS exams in May etc etc.

I've got a couple of pairs of jodphurs and some good ole trusty long rubber boots. I'll invest in better stuff when I can afford it... I got all of this off eBay. I also got a hat off eBay. I'm worried about it's fit.

It feels like it fits my head fine, but it doesn't come to my brow line? In fact, it comes half way up my forehead. I noticed it earlier trying on the hat, looks strange.

Does this mean it isn't the right size?
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    03-18-2012, 11:47 AM
Do you have any pics of it on you? I don't know that it would have to come all the way down to the brow line to fit properly, that seems pretty low but it should definitely be lower than your hairline.
Also I would be extremely wary of buying a riding helmet off of ebay, is it used? If so I would personal not risk riding in it, there is no way to tell if the helmet has sustained internal damage that may make it less effective if you were to fall.
    03-18-2012, 11:52 AM
I agree with the above - they say you should get a new helmet after a fall that engages the head, you never know if the previous owner had that happen. I would suggest going in to a local tack shop and trying on some helmets and have the staff help you to a find a good fit.
    03-19-2012, 07:23 AM
Get rid of it, go to a tack shop and get a new one. I would never buy a hat off eBay because chances are it's been dropped or someone had a fall with it. My friend sold one on eBay years ago and says now she regrets it because she took a fall on it then sold it because it was scratched up and didn't even realise there could be internal damage to it. It also has to be up to current safety standards so I would double check that before you go to an exam in it. Sometimes they check.
    03-29-2012, 03:27 AM
You can get brand new hats on ebay which may be the case for this poster, if it is I'd take it to the place you're doing your BHS and ask them to assess the fit for you. If its second hand, get a new hat, and buy it somewhere that you can be sized up.
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    03-29-2012, 08:53 AM
Its better to be safe then sorry. I definantly recommend just buying a new helmet that fits your right. Go to the tack shop so they can actually fit you for a helmet and get you the correct size instead of getting it off ebay.

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