The most important piece of horse riding equipment is a riding hat, or helmet. It should be worn whenever you are in the saddle as it will help to protect your head in the event of a fall. Equally a riding hat is perfect to help protect you from an accident on the ground; therefore it is advisable to wear a riding hat on your head whenever you are around horses. The riding school you attend should be able to lend you a hat when you start riding; however it is advisable to purchase your own as quickly as possible to ensure correct fit and optimal safety.
Riding boots will help to increase your safety and comfort in the saddle. There are two main types available; long riding boots and short jodhpur boots. The former is designed for wearing with breeches, whilst the latter is perfect for wearing with jodhpurs. Combine jodhpur boots with a pair of chaps or gaiters to protect your lower legs from rubbing or pinching caused by the saddle or stirrup leathers.
These are trousers designed specifically for use in the saddle. They end below the ankle and are designed for use with jodhpur boots. They will allow for full movement in the saddle and enhance your riding making them far more comfortable than riding in jeans or other trousers.
Similar to jodhpurs, these are also trousers specifically aimed at riding. The main difference between breeches and jodhpurs is that they come to an end just above the ankle as they are designed for use with long riding boots. They prevent the material at the ankle from bunching up and causing discomfort for the rider.
Riding gloves are designed to help the rider to grip the reins better. This allows the rider greater control over the horse and hence increases your safety in the saddle. Riding gloves also help to prevent potential damage to the rider’s hands by the reins, such as rubs or even blisters. Equally riding gloves can help to keep your hands warm during the winter months. Look for lightweight options to ensure that your hands benefit from the same comfort in the summer months without overheating.
A full range of horse riding equipment is available at great prices from Equestrian Clearance.