When purchasing a new horse riding helmet, it is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that the helmet meets the approved safety standard. Before purchasing a helmet, you should also check the manufacture date of the helmet to ensure that it hasn't been sitting on the shelves for years. This information is usually displayed on the inside of the helmet. If you are planning on competing at an EA event, Equestrian Australia have introduced a helmet tagging system whereby competitive riders must have their helmet inspected for compliance with the minimum safety standards rules.