Equipment for Horse Riders

You’ve come to the right site if you’re wondering what to wear when horseback riding. To ensure your safety, we’ve put together this basic advice on important gear and equipment.

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Riding hats

You should not ride a horse without wearing a properly fitting safety headgear or helmet that meets current safety standards. Many riding institutes will provide hats for beginners, but if you plan to ride frequently, you should invest in your own.

It doesn’t matter which form of riding headgear you choose as a novice – jockey skulls and peaked helmets are both appropriate. The most important factor is that it fits your head, and some styles are more suited to certain head shapes than others.


If you aren’t wearing appropriate boots, a horse standing on your toes can be unpleasant and cause considerable harm. It’s also critical that your boots have a small heel and don’t have too much grip to keep your foot from slipping through the stirrup.

Long boots and short boots are the two primary varieties of horse riding boots. Long riding boots minimize rubbing on your inside leg, but they can be limiting for beginning riders, and they are also more expensive. Ankle-length boots provide better ankle flexibility and are sometimes paired with soft half chaps or gaiters to avoid friction on the inside of the calf.

Riding trousers

When picking the ideal pair of jodhpurs or breeches, consider how they will feel in the saddle first, then how they will look while walking around. Breeches are typically worn with long boots, whereas jodhpurs have a distinct cut and are best paired with short boots.

We recommend purchasing a pair composed of a stretchy fabric with additional grip in key areas such as the knee and under your bottom.

Riding gloves

Callous hands are common among experienced riders, especially between the little and ring fingers, where the rein passes. We recommend using riding gloves to reduce blisters and to keep your hands clean and soft. If you choose this route, you should purchase a pair of horse riding gloves. They’ll be elastic, grippy, and reinforced where you’ll be holding the reins, but thin enough to give you a good feel for what you’re doing.

Body Protector

Body protection helps inexperienced riders feel more confident by absorbing the force of a fall or kick from a horse. This form of safety equipment, like riding headgear