In case you’re thinking of taking up horse riding or investing in equestrian, you need to find a place where you can learn and the specialist equipment you are going to need.
There are wide ranges of horse rider equipment available in the market which keeps you safe and comfortable when riding. Using the correct equipment is important not only for your wellbeing, but also for keeping the horse safe and fit.
How to start?
Safety is the key when riding and being around horses. The minimum are – a riding hat and safe footwear. Most riding schools will provide a helmet and advise suitable footwear and other related clothing and accessories. Until you’re sure that riding is for you, there’s no real reason to go out and buy specialist equestrian boots – shoes or boots with a small heel are perfectly adequate.
The heel is important for stopping your foot sliding straight through the stirrup, which can be very dangerous in case you lose balance or your horse suddenly moves.
Flat soled trainers and sandals can be ruled out for riding, as well as high heels and any form of open-toed shoe. Your toes should remain protected around horses as their hooves could stand on your feet and cause significant injury.
One other item of equipment you may consider is a pair of riding gloves. These are one of riding’s cheaper accessories which will help you grip the reins comfortably.
What equipment to buy?
Once you are a more seasoned horse rider, equipment become important. It is a good idea to invest in proper riding boots, either long riding boots or Jodhpur boots which can be worn with half chaps for more protection to your lower leg. Having your own hat is a good idea, and you need to visit a reputed saddler who can ensure the fit is good.
Jodhpurs may be more comfortable and come in a whole host of colours and styles. As your ability, confidence and aspirations increase, you may get the opportunity to compete, in which case appropriate clothing would be required e.g. A riding jacket, shirt and tie (or stock) together with some cream or white jodhpurs for showing or dressage.