The FEI brought in new rules last January making it compulsory for safety headgear to be worn by all competitors when mounted at an event.

However, a major showing body’s announcement that hats with chinstraps would become compulsory has been met with such criticism from riders that it has been forced to reconsider its decision.

Is it time that the showing world came up to date with modern safety standards or should health and safety be a matter of personal choice?

For a full report on the debate surrounding the new regulation don’t miss this week’s Horse & Hound — out today (21 November)