Riding Helmets and Vests

While horseback riding is one of the most enjoyable pastimes, it can also be one of the most dangerous without adequate protection. After all, whether you ride English or western, your equine partner could spook, trip, bolt, buck or rear without warning, potentially causing a serious accident. These risks are present whether you are riding your trusty quarter horse down a familiar trail or taking your young thoroughbred out on the cross-country course for the first time.

Because equestrians face these risks any time they climb into the saddle, it's crucial to take the necessary precautions with protective riding gear.

The Importance of Choosing Quality, High-Performance Protective Gear

Riding helmets and vests are two essential types of protective gear. Riding helmets are designed to protect your head from falls while body protector equestrian vests protect your internal organs, spine and ribs. Because both riding helmets and vests guard your vital body parts, it's important to choose top-quality, high-performance gear. 

Specifically, you want to choose a helmet that has the ASTM/ SEI seal of approval. To achieve this rating, helmets need to undergo various trials — including the Pointed Anvil Test and the Helmet Retention Test — to ensure they provide thorough protection.

How to Choose the Right Helmet 

Whether you ride English or western, the first thing that you want to do is check the helmet's equestrian safety standards and ensure it has the ASTM/ SEI seal of approval. Then, you can start narrowing down your style options. Some helmet brands like Troxel and Ovation manufacture a wide variety of helmets designed for everyday riding, while other brands such as Charles Owen focus more on show helmets. Some brands also offer various cuts like round or oval to fit a variety of head shapes. 

How to Fit a Helmet 

While it's important to choose a helmet that meets the proper equestrian safety standards, you also need to make sure the helmet actually fits you to receive full protection. Something as simple as wearing your hair up or down can affect the fit — and protection — of your helmet. To make sure you get the right size, follow these quick and easy measuring tips:

  • Wrap a soft measuring tape around the widest part of your head.
  • Make sure the tape measure stays over your hair and is about 3/4 inches above your eyebrows.
  • Note the measurement and remeasure again to ensure you have an accurate number.
  • Some helmets will use either inches or centimeters for their sizes, so you may need to convert to get the right measurement. 

Overall, the perfect riding helmet should fit snug so you feel an even pressure all around your head.

Stay Safe and Stylish With Our Collection of Riding Helmets and Vests 

Horse Tack Co. has a variety of protective gear manufactured by top equestrian brands, including: 

  • Charles Owen riding helmets.
  • Ovation riding helmets.
  • Troxel riding helmets.
  • IRH riding helmets.

We also have additional protective gear to keep your equipment in great shape and your ride comfortable, such as: 

  • Helmet spray.
  • Helmet bags.
  • Sun visors.
  • Velvet helmet protectors.

At Horse Tack Co., we want to help you stay safe while loving the ride. If you need any help choosing your riding helmet or vest, just reach out to our knowledgeable team at 866-624-8225 or send a message online.     

Troxel Liberty Equestrian Helmet The...
Troxel Liberty Equestrian Helmet The Liberty Helmet is ultralight, with a low profile design, created for schooling and all-purpose riding. The large vents provide superior ventilation for a cooler, more...
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Features: Dial -Fit-System Cool-On-Lining -...
Features: Dial -Fit-System Cool-On-Lining - Hi-Tech, soft, fast drying lining pulls moisture away from you head to keep you cool and comfortable while riding. Cool-On-Lining is removable and washable.
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Ultralight, low profile design created for active riders. The self-adjusting SureFit™ Pro adjusts to the size and shape of your head for an unmatched level of comfort during long hours...
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On rainy days, keep your...
On rainy days, keep your helmet dry and protected with this fully elasticated rain cover which fits all Charles Owen riding helmets.
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Lightweight low-profile helmets from Ovation®!...
Lightweight low-profile helmets from Ovation®! Helmet features rubberized finish, easy adjust dial for a snug fit, extra strong adjustment teeth for added helmet life, high flow vents to keep you...
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Troxel Sport Equestrian Helmet at...
Troxel Sport Equestrian Helmet at Horse Tack Co. The original lightweight, ventilated equestrian safety helmet that redefined comfort and head protection. The Sport is still one of the lightest and...
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Why let your socks have all the fun? Your favorite Zocks™ patterns are now available in stretchy helmet covers. Made of 83% nylon, 17% lycra.Made in the USA.
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CHARLES OWEN HAT DEODORIZER The...
CHARLES OWEN HAT DEODORIZER The Charles Owen Hat deodorizer kills odor and bacteria in the helmet lining leaving a pleasant citrus fragrance.150 MLDue to federal regulations a we are unable...
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Equivisior® Sun Protection For Use...
Equivisior® Sun Protection For Use With Riders Helmets. Keeps the sun out of riders eyes during horse riding! Perfect for shading the sun’s harmful rays from your face and ears...
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Stretch Velvet Helmet CoverGreat looking...
Stretch Velvet Helmet CoverGreat looking stretch velvet with satin bow on the back and button on top. From EQ so you know it's made to last and look good doing...
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Equestrian Helmet Covers Cleverly designed,...
Equestrian Helmet Covers Cleverly designed, Lycra Helmet Covers are made to protect your show helmet instantly and easily. Cover with pocket for brim virtually fits most helmets. Colors: Black, Burgundy,...
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Equi-Lite Dial a Fit System-...
Equi-Lite Dial a Fit System- FOB-Features a 3 point harness, Dial fit System, Front Ventilation and is SEI and ASTM Certified.SIZE: SMALL (6 1/2, 6 5/8, 6 3/4) Color: Black...
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Incorporating MIPS TECHNOLOGY into a stylish...
Incorporating MIPS TECHNOLOGY into a stylish Charles Owen helmet, the My PS is unique in the industry as it offers three certifications to three international equestrian standards: SEI certification to ASTM...
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Lightweight low-profile helmets from Ovation®!...
Lightweight low-profile helmets from Ovation®! Helmet features:-Rubberized finish -Easy adjust dial for a snug fit-Extra strong adjustment teeth for added helmet life-High flow vents to keep you cool-Removable washable liner-Removable...
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We all want to keep riding in the Winter, but it can really get cold. We have found a solution and that is this easy to use winter helmet cover....
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Ariat Team Helmet Bag sized...
Ariat Team Helmet Bag sized perfectly for your helmet, this sleek bag also has handy pockets to carry additional accessories, such as a hairnet or gloves. Zipper closure 100% polyester...
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Charles Owen JR8 Helmet for...
Charles Owen JR8 Helmet for Juniors The JR8 Helmet from Charles Owen is at the cutting edge of Equestrian Fashion! Introducing the junior equestrian helmet, offering the highest level of...
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Charles Owen Hat Cleaner Cleans...
Charles Owen Hat Cleaner Cleans away dirt and grime that brings on unpleasant odors  inside of your helmet. This helmet cleaner is formulated specifically to break up grease without harming...
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Charles Owen-The Hampton Equestrian Helmet...
Charles Owen-The Hampton Equestrian Helmet Riding Helmets by Charles Owen are considered to be the best available equestrian helmets! SEI and ASTM approved. This low profile riding helmet made in...
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Charles Owen GR8 Helmet. The...
Charles Owen GR8 Helmet. The GR8 Helmet from Charles Owen is at the cutting edge of Equestrian Fashion! Our Most popular helmet. This low profile riding helmet is covered with...
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Plastic Helmet Covers Just spent big bucks on your new Velvet Helmet and were off to the show and what is waiting for us Rain Rain Rain but never fear...
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Equestrian Safety Vest, Horse Riding Safety VestLevel 3-Purple labelMaybe the best fitting and most comfortable equestrian safety vests available.Safety first is the new standard. Some organizations and disciplines already require...
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Riding Helmets -FOB-The IR4G XLT...
Riding Helmets -FOB-The IR4G XLT combines great looks with superior comfort and fit. The comfortable chin strap features a quick-release easy-adjust hook-loop closure with a modified comfort harness that is...
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