Do I have to wear a hat? In hot countries it is tempting to forgo the wearing of a hard hat and on ranch-style holidays it looks fun to swap it for a cowboy-style Stetson. You might think your holiday pictures will look better without a hat or that you are a good enough rider not to wear one. None of these arguments make sense when you consiser the protection offered by a quality-standard riding hat. Hat-wearing conventions vary from country to country. In Europe, especially in the UK and Ireland, you will be expected to wear a hat conforming to one of the following safety standards:
- PAS 015 & Kitemark
- ASTM F1163 & SEI
- SNELL 2001
If after reading this you're still tempted to ride with the breeze in your hair, check the small print in your insurance. You may find you are not covered if you do not wear a hat. Also, any liability claim against the riding holiday company may be discounted if you were not wearing a hat.