Safety & Personal Protective Equipment


Always wear your helmet when riding. Wearing a helmet (certified with applicable and recognized standards) when riding may greatly reduce injury and in some cases save a rider’s life. Helmets must be worn whenever sitting on a horse, as falls hazards are not predictable. To make sure your helmet will protect you, please remember that:

1- Helmets only deliver protection when they fit correctly and are properly fastened.

2- After being subjected to a severe blow, a helmet should be replaced even if there is no visible alteration. A helmet can be damaged without external signs of it. This is because the inner shell could be damaged, reducing the protection in some areas. 

Please visit the Riders4Helmets website for detailed information on correct helmet use/purchase, inspiring riders' testimonies, and more.

FEI Athletes and Officials must be aware of and comply with the FEI headgear requirements.


Helmets standards: withdrawal of the European equestrian helmet standard EN 1384

In October 2014 the EU Commission announced the withdrawal of the European equestrian riding helmet standard EN1384. The EN1384 standard was removed because not all the Basic Health and Safety Requirements (“BHSRs") of the applicable European Directive were being correctly addressed by the standard. As a result of the withdrawal, this standard no longer offers a presumption of conformity, so it can no longer be used (or used alone) by equestrian helmet manufacturers to certify the conformity of their product with the European specifications.

The standard is currently in a process of revision and a new one is expected to be available in September 2016 (it may take longer to be translated into national legislations). In the meantime, whether EN1384 certified helmets are allowed in competition is determined by the rules of the applicable governing body:

-  For international competitions, the FEI rules apply. In practice EN1384 helmets will remain acceptable until the new EU standard is into place, after which only helmets certified against the new EU standard will be accepted. 

-  For national competitions, riders must seek information from their National Federation.

Helmets that have another standard on the label in addition to EN1384 can be used at competitions provided that the other standard is approved by the applicable governing body.


Early 2015 the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) carried out a study for British Eventing looking into the effectiveness of air jackets in protecting riders from crush injuries and also to help understand the forces involved which may help identify better ways to safeguard riders. You can read the findings of this research here.


The FEI’s general regulatory requirements on athlete safety and welfare are set out in the FEI General Regulations.

Additional discipline-specific requirements may be found in the relevant Sports rules.

Anti-Doping matters are regulated in the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).

These documents can be found in the “Rules” section in the main menu toolbar of this website. Please use your cursor to select within the dropdown list.