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        09-14-2008, 07:02 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    What a brilliant trend :) The truth is, hats are far less of a bother than people think they are. Like you said, all the fussing comes when you're on the ground - once you're on the horse, who has time to worry about their clothing or hat unless it's giving them pain? It's one of the reasons why I use physical activity to relax: you absolutely have to disengage your mind from whatever you're worrying about and focus utterly on the horse.

    When it comes to the strap ... it is a tiny bit safer to have a loose strap than a loose helmet, but obviously both ought to be snug. You could just leave it unclipped while you're on the ground so it doesn't bother you there.
         
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        09-14-2008, 09:28 AM
      #22
    Showing
    It took me awhile to get the chin strap adjusted correctly too. I still have to mess with it. I don't have it snapped in the photo, we were home and about to dismount.
    I usually wore some sort of hat, cowboy or ball-cap. So a helmet wasn't a huge leap.
    Thanks everyone for the winter cat burglar thingy suggestion. I must have one now.
         
        09-16-2008, 09:07 PM
      #23
    Trained
    I must confess that I like the turkey feather head saver so much that I have decided that it will be my next horsey purchase!!!
         
        09-20-2008, 09:28 PM
      #24
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by claireauriga
    Get the cool one, that's the most important. You can always make it warmer later. Before I started lessons, I'd ridden in February on an estuary in biting wind and drizzle. Nothing like what you experience, I imagine, but tough enough for us Brits! To keep my head warm, I used a couple of what my family call neck-scarves. They're those tubes of fabric you pull over your head and leave round your neck as a scarf. We have very thin ones, so I pulled one up until the end was vertically around my head, under my chin, and covered my ears, and then I put the hat on. The other one I was wearing, I pulled up to my chin. It worked wonders.

    You can tell how safe a hat is by what safety standards it meets. In America you'll be looking at ASTM F1163; here in the UK you want a hat kite-marked to BS EN 1384 or PAS 015:1998. Above and beyond that, you pay extra for things like it being lightweight or having fancy features or looking good.

    The most important thing for hat safety, though, is that it fits properly. There should be no areas of greater pressure or you'll get headaches, and it should be snug enough that when you move the hat, the skin of your forehead moves with it. I was always trying hats that were too big until I got properly fitted. Get yours properly fitted if you can. If you want to buy online cos it's cheaper, go into a tack shop first, find the model that fits and find out what size you need, and then go home and order it.
    Interesting points made, not things I had ever thought of. Well said! As I already mentioned, just make sure it's an approved helmet to make sure it's safer. Also per teh advice posted above, you can always get those winter helmet covers so it's excellent advice to get something that will keep you cool as you can dress yourself up.
         

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