Everything You Need to Know About Horse Riding Equipment
While you may not need some of this equipment until much later, there are several pieces of equipment which are absolutely essential to horse riding whether you’re a beginner or a committed rider. Here’s everything you need to know about horse riding equipment.
You may know them by breeches or jodhpurs, but these terms simply refer to pants which have no seam along your inner leg and have patches of material on the inside of the knee designed to grip. Riding pants are designed to keep you comfortable and safe while riding, so it’s imperative that you invest in them no matter your level of experience.
Ankle boots made from leather with a decent tread and a 2.5cm heel are recommended for horse riding. Wearing the appropriate boots will prevent your foot from slipping through the stirrup as this could cause you to become unbalanced and come off the horse. While a pricey purchase, a solid pair of leather boots will last you for years to come.
Riding gloves make holding leather or rubber reins more comfortable and also prevent your hands from slipping on the reins should your hands become sweaty. A good quality pair of riding gloves conform seamlessly to your hands and fingers and should have material on the palm which is designed to improve your grip.
While horse riding is incredibly therapeutic, it’s important to remember that it can also be dangerous – this isn’t like playing bingo Australia, horses are after all large animals with minds of their own! It’s for this reason that a helmet is absolutely essential and you should never climb onto a horse without one, no matter your level of experience. While they aren’t cheap, it’s important to buy a well-fitting helmet designed specifically for horse riding.
An Adjustable Gullet Saddle
The following items aren’t a necessary purchase for beginners, but we do recommend them for committed riders as it will make the experience that much more enjoyable. One such item is a saddle with an adjustable gullet saddle as this type of saddle can be adjusted to fit a variety of horses. Remember, you don’t need to own your own horse to buy a saddle!
While different types of saddles require different types of girths, it will make your riding experience far more comfortable as a girth helps keep the saddle snug on the horse. Keep in mind that if you’re using a Western saddle, Australian stock saddle, hunt seat, jumper saddle, or dressage saddle, you’ll need a different girth for each and they’re not interchangeable.
A Bridle and Reins
Unless you plan to show, you shouldn’t worry too much about using a Western bridle with an English saddle as it should be about comfort. The perfect bridle should be comfortable for your horse and fit well. Your reins should also be long enough to allow your horse to put his nose to the ground without pulling you completely forward.