With the publication of the general regulation 2022, the Fise has introduced new indications regarding the safety of riders. In particular, the obligation for all under 18s when they ride a horse to wear a protective cap fastened, while for other riders the obligation is introduced when they perform jumping activities.
Choosing the right cap is in any case a question on which our safety depends above all and therefore it is a good idea to always wear it.
First of all, we must therefore make sure that the cap we are about to buy has passed the approval tests required by the regulations. Currently the FEI (International Equestrian Federation) adopts the CE VG1 regulation and has made it mandatory for all equestrian disciplines. All national Federations have also adapted to these standards. The tests to which the caps to be approved are subjected are particularly severe and are performed through impact and pressure tests that reproduce both the effects of falls and those of collisions with the horse’s hooves.
The Tattini caps are all approved according to the CE VG1 protocols, so by purchasing a Tattini cap we are safe and we are spoiled for choice based on our tastes and our aesthetic preferences. Tattini offers a series of caps with ABS shells, a light but at the same time highly resistant thermoplastic polymer, so much so that it is also used for golf clubs and car bodies.
The inner shell, on the other hand, is in EPS, a synthetic organic material capable of guaranteeing exceptional shock absorption. All Tattini caps are also designed to ensure maximum ventilation. The inner liners are breathable, removable and washable. The external coverings can be rubberized or in microfibre, in blue or black, with traditional or wide visor. We can also choose the various types of profiles: glossy black and blue, silver chromed or pink gold. Even the plate can be as neutral as the cap, iridescent, with a Lurex or glitter effect.
HOW TO TRY THE CAP
Tattini caps are available in various sizes, from 52 to 60 cm (head circumference). When we try on the cap, we must first wear it correctly: we fasten the chin strap leaving space for a finger. Let us always remember this precaution. A badly fastened cap is useless!
Some caps are equipped with a rear wheel mounted on a 5-position headband to precisely adjust the size. Others are supplied with three paddings to be able to choose the one that suits us best.
When we try on the cap, we tilt our head back and forth and to the side: the cap must stay in place
Once the cap is worn, it must fit like a glove, not to put pressure on any particular point but to be adherent to our head. By tilting the head back and forth and to the side, the cap does not have to move and stay in place.
We always wear it when we ride but also when we train the horse with the launging rein!