10 Best Horse Riding Helmets (+2 Bonuses!)

by Michelle Drum October 23, 2019 5 min read

10 Best Horse Riding Helmets (+2 Bonuses!)

Finding a well-fitting horse riding helmet can be challenging since there’s no one standard for sizing and people have differently-shaped heads. First it is important to know how to properly size a helmet for comfort and safety reasons. After you identify the size you need, you’ll want to try a few helmets on to get a feel for the shape and fit of the ones you’re considering. In this guide, we’re reviewing our top horse riding helmet picks, so you can find the one that's best for your riding needs.


Top Horseback Riding Helmets

Charles Owen SP8 Plus Helmet $527.95 Hot Weather
KASK Dogma Pure Shine Chrome Riding Helmet $599 Oval Head
Charles Owen Pro II Plus $287.95 Round Head
KASK Dogma Shadow Star Lady Helmet $640 Women
KASK Dogma Hunter Helmet $579.50 English Riding
Charles Owen Ayr8® Plus $478.95 English Riding
KEP Cromo Matt Polo Peak Helmet $529 English Riding
Samshield Black Shadowmatt Helmet $499 English Riding
One K Defender AIR Suede $329.95 English Riding
One K Defender Black Matte JR Helmet $199.95 Kids

Best Hot Weather Horse Riding Helmet

When you’re working up a sweat riding on a hot day, you need a performance helmet that will offer good ventilation and airflow for extra cooling. Here are some great options:


Charles Owen SP8 Plus Helmet - $527.95


Charles Owen SP8 Plus Helmet

The Charles Owen SP8 Plus is a versatile helmet that provides sun protection with a specially designed brim to shade the entire face and upper neck. It also offers extra cooling with the “Free Fit” system that increases airflow across the forehead to evaporate sweat. With ten ventilation slots for cooling and evaporation, this helmet has the most dynamic airflow you will find.

Samshield Sun Visor - $99

Not a helmet, but this visor is another option that can be attached to the Samshield Shadowmatt or Premium helmets to offer additional protection for your face on sunny days. These visors are offered in one size that fits all helmet sizes.


Best for Cold Weather

When you’re bundled up for cold-weather riding, don’t forget your head! Adding a winter liner of fleece or synthetic fur can make a difference in your overall comfort.

Samshield Winter Helmet Liner - $79

Also not a helmet, this winter helmet liner is a great option to add for cold-weather riding. The Samshield winter helmet liner has an integrated “Windstopper” flap lined with synthetic fur. It provides protection against the wind and cold along with excellent breathability and can be used with Samshield Premium and Shadowmatt helmets.


Best Horse Riding Helmet for an Oval Head

Horse-riding helmet fit is important for comfort and safety, and finding a helmet that fits your head shape can be tricky. These helmets are a good place to start for oval-shaped heads.


KASK Dogma Pure Shine Chrome Riding Helmet - $599


KASK Dogma Pur Shine Helmet - black

Crafted in Italy, the Dogma Pure Shine Chrome helmet is the perfect mix of design, style, and functionality. These helmets tend to fit oval heads well and they offer a customizable FIT System to ensure comfort and to improve safety. The breathable inner padding is made of Merino wool which offers a natural antibacterial and breathable thermoregulation. This helmet was designed with the rider in mind.


Best Horse Riding Helmet for a Round Head

There are two great brands that offer great options for round-shaped heads: Samshield and Charles Owen. Their helmets tend to fit round heads well and the Samshield’s helmets included in this article are good considerations. Another option to consider is the Pro Skull II:


Charles Owen Pro II Plus - $287.95


Charles Owen Pro Skull II

This precision-fitting helmet provides excellent cooling with front and rear ventilation slots and the stability of a GRpx® harness. The Pro Plus II offers a customized fit and a removable cup headband that can easily be replaced. The Pro Plus II is a popular choice for jockeys and eventers.


Best Women’s Horse Riding Helmet

There are many helmets designed in a unisex style, but some women may prefer a helmet design especially for them. KASK offers a number of helmets made specifically for women, and a great option is the KASK Dogma Shadow Star Lady Helmet.


KASK Dogma Shadow Star Lady Helmet - $640


KASK Dogma Shadow Star Women's Helmet

This helmet was designed with a woman’s sizing in mind. The Dogma Shadow Star Lady Helmet includes KASK’s patented self-adapting adjusting system for a comfortable and safe fit with a soft-eco-leather chinstrap which offers style that is hypoallergenic and washable. This light, comfortable, and stylish helmet will please even the most demanding of riders.


Overall Best English Riding Helmets

There are many great brands of English horse riding helmets on the market, but here are the best overall that we recommend:


KASK Dogma Hunter Helmet - $579.50


KASK Dogma Hunter Helmet

This one-of-a-kind helmet offers modern technology with classical style. It has a patented self-adapting adjustment “FIT System” to provide a customized fit while offering the best safety level. The Dogma Hunter helmet also has a smart ventilation system with high-volume airflow and a matte frame in multiple colors. This premium helmet will not disappoint.


Charles Owen Ayr8® Plus - $478.95


Charles Owen Ayr8 Plus

The Ayr8® Plus provides some thoughtful updates to the flagship Charles Owen Ayr8® helmet, adding a removable and washable drape headband. It has a leather-look GRpx® harness for unsurpassed comfort and stability as well as centrally-located front-and-rear ventilation slots.

This helmet takes superb fit to the next level.


KEP Cromo Matt Polo Peak Helmet - $529


KEP Italia Cromo Horse Riding Helmet

KEP Italia helmets are known to be one of the safest brands on the market. Some of the safety features in this lightweight helmet are the 5-point anchorage harness for increased stability, flexible visor to avoid fractures during a fall, and double-density polystyrene for better shock absorption.


Samshield Black Shadowmatt Helmet - $499


Samshield Shadowmatt Helmet

This is the top-selling Samshield helmet at The Farm House, as it offers many great features including a unique “canal” system designed to maximize airflow through the helmet. It also includes memory foam inserts to provide a very comfortable and customized fit. The liner clip system prevents movement and allows the flexibility for liners, making it great for warm or cold-weather use.


One K Defender AIR Suede - $329.95


One K Defender AIR Suede

The One K Defender AIR Suede offers an air pump system to provide a comfortable custom fit at an affordable price point. The AIR suede has a liner that is washable, quick-drying, moisture-wicking, and anti-microbial with a comfort padded harness. This helmet balances safety with features to offer a competitive helmet.


Best Kids’ Horse Riding Helmet

Safety and comfort are paramount with a youth equestrian helmet and this is our recommendation for the best one available:


One K Defender Black Matte JR Helmet - $199.95


One K Defender Black Matte JR Helmet

The One K Defender JR helmet is available in junior sizing with the same quality, comfort, and safety as the standard-sized helmets. This helmet has a shorter chin strap, a smaller internal diameter, and additional padding.


Importance of Horse Riding Helmets


Wearing a horse riding helmet is important for safety as they’re designed specifically for horseback riding. They’re made to withstand a fall from height, unlike helmets for bikes and other activities. Wearing a horseback riding helmet that’s properly fitted significantly decreases your chances of a head injury.

Ultimately, the best horse riding helmet is one that fits correctly, uses quality materials, and follows the safety certification standards for equestrian riding helmets. Once you find that perfect riding helmet, you’ll know it! From there, be sure you’re caring for your helmet to maximize its life. 

Have questions? Give us a call at 864-457-3557. The Farm House team is made up of experienced English riders who have a thorough understanding of helmet safety, sizing, and the products we carry.

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