Things you need to know about Horse riding equipment

It is not an exaggeration to say that equestrianism is an expensive sport, even just in terms of the equipment that horseback riders can accumulate over time. If you’re new to horseback riding, the amount of equipment available can be overwhelming. New riders are frequently left to wander around a store or scroll through pages of merchandise online. Here’s a helpful beginner horseback riding equipment list that identifies must-have items and what you need to know about each.

1) Riding Pants

Breeches are a type of athletic pants designed for horseback riding. They’re made of a thin, stretchy fabric that allows for freedom of movement and doesn’t have an inside seam to prevent chafing. They are designed to fit snugly and have special gripping fabric for safety and communication with the Horse. Jodhpurs are another famous style sometimes worn during horseback riding, though these are more commonly seen in children.

2) Helmet

A horse riding helmet is required for all equestrians, regardless of skill level. Horseback riding is a dangerous sport with a high risk of head trauma. A helmet designed for horseback riding with the necessary safety technology is required. You should also ensure that your helmet is properly fitted. This handy guide will teach you how to measure your head for a horse riding helmet.

3) Boots

Any equestrian should own a good pair of riding boots. Wearing regular boots is not a good idea because they lack the safety features found in riding boots. Riding boots have a small heel, a lightly textured sole, and a firm toe box to keep your toes from sliding through the stirrup. Tall boots are mostly used for shows, but they can also be used for schooling and help keep the saddle from pinching. Paddock boots, also known as short boots, are versatile and comfortable footwear. Half chaps are recommended if you wear paddock boots because they provide better grip and additional leg protection.

4) Safety Vest

A safety vest is another excellent way to keep yourself safe in the event of a fall from your Horse. A safety vest shields your torso from a fall and hooves’ impact. Various styles are available, some of which are filled with air for added protection. Safety vests are a good idea, even if they add some bulk. If you’re unsure which vest to get, here are some of our favourites.

5) Saddle, Saddle Pad, and Girth

A saddle is most likely the most expensive purchase you will make for your Horse. Saddles are made to fit both the rider and the Horse, so it’s critical to measure correctly to ensure a proper fit. You should also learn how to care for your saddle so that it lasts. Saddle pads are used beneath the saddle as a thin layer of cushion to prevent the saddle from rubbing against your Horse. In addition to absorbing perspiration, saddle pads avoid heat buildup and protect the saddle. A girth that attaches to a saddle and runs around the Horse’s belly to keep the saddle in place is also required.

6) Body Protectors

Equestrian body protectors are intended to help reduce the severity of injuries to the torso and major organs, but they cannot completely prevent injuries. A body protector is typically made of covered foam panels that absorb impacts such as those caused by a fall or a kick. Body protectors come in various shapes and sizes, and it is always important to be professionally fitted to ensure that you have the correct size, providing maximum protection. Body protectors are required for cross country competition and are frequently used in show jumping or schooling, where falls or impacts can occur at high speeds. Body protectors are commonly recommended when working with horses.

Final Thoughts

When you first start riding horses, you have many options, but you can better manage your budget by focusing on what you need upfront. Which equipment is best for you depends on your experience level, riding style, and location. Most importantly, prepare to have the most fun you’ve ever had.

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