September/October 2004Hats save lives......
but only if they're secured properly by the rider when they're used! Manufacturers of riding hats go to great trouble
to design hats that offer a high level of protection to riders in the event of a blow to the head, which could come from a
fall to the ground or a misplaced hoof! Quite a number of tack shops now have staff of whom have been trained by BETA
in hat fitting. So the majority of riders probably have well fitting hats. But in the event of a fall of
some unexpected blow to the head, all of this effort may prove useless unless the hat is secured properly. I've been
prompted to raise this as recently I've seen children and teenagers riding with very loose chin straps. One pony tripped
in a menage and immediately and I saw the child's hat dip forward quite considerably and quite worryingly.
Please, Please, Please make sure that hats are secured properly. If you're a parent
make sure your child's hat is secured properly. If you're unsure, then I'm sure that any BETA trained person will
be happy to help you. Remember hats save lives!