How to look after your riding hat

If your hat suffers an impact due to a fall, it will no longer provide the protection it should

If your hat suffers an impact due to a fall, it will no longer provide the protection it should

Riding hats aren’t cheap so make sure you take good care of yours and it’ll take good care of you.

Here are our 7 top care tips:

  1. The protection your hat offers diminishes over time as the padding becomes compressed, so you should replace your hat every three to four years.
     
  2. If your hat suffers a severe impact such as a fall or is dropped onto a hard surface, even if there’s no sign of damage, you should replace it, as it might not provide the protection it should.
     
  3. Try not to leave your hat lying around at the yard where it can be easily damaged.
     
  4. Buy a padded hat bag to store your hat in and to keep it well protected. Investing in something like this is money well spent!
     
  5. Don’t expose your hat to extremes of temperature by leaving it out in the sun or in an unheated tack room in freezing conditions. This damages the materials your hat is made from so it may not protect you when you need it to.
     
  6. If your hat gets wet allow it to dry out naturally and slowly – never put your hat on a radiator to dry as this can damage the integrity of the helmet.