All riding helmet manufacturers have to produce helmets to meet at least one of three international equestrian safety standards or marks and some may even produce helmets to meet all of them.

When determining helmet safety and assessing if a helmet will pass, each of the individual standards have their own criteria and tests that place more or less emphasis on different helmets and various types of injuries. For example, they will examine how much of the head a helmet covers, how a rider falls and onto what type of surface, how a helmet moves, and how severe an injury riders can expect to receive from that fall.