Horse Riding Clothes: be comfortable and look sharp!
At Equi Supermarket you will discover a fabulous selection of horse riding apparel & clothing from the latest collections of the world’s leading equestrian brands. We have chosen the pieces which will distinguish your look whilst providing the freedom of movement that you need.
Practical and Stylish Equestrian Clothing For Sale
Whether you are an experienced equestrian or you are just starting out on your riding adventure, you will find the perfect apparel right here at Equi Supermarket. It is vital that you ride in comfort but with the finest equestrian clothing, practicality doesn’t have to come at the expense of style. Our chic Jodhpurs and breeches, equestrian competition shirts together with our exceptional Riding Boots and chaps, enable you to look and feel at your very best every time you ride.
Horse Riding Jackets, Gilets and Waterproofs
Our fine jackets and gilets are the perfect choice for colder days whilst our fleeces provide a valuable additional layer for extra warmth. You will discover fabulous finishing touches with our hats and scarfs and you don’t have to worry about wet weather either. Our waterproof trousers will ensure that you stay dry so you can keep on riding.
The Finest Equestrian Clothing Brands
We feature equestrian fashion for both adults and children chosen from the highly regarded Ariat, Pikeur, Mountain Horse, Shires Equestrian and HV Polo collections. You will also find the perfect apparel from Schockemohle Sports, Jack Murphy, Bridleway and Horseware of ireland. For leisure riding, for life at the stables and for competing, don’t back the wrong horse. Choose Equi Supermarket!
Safety & Clothing
With the right riding apparel you will create stylish equestrian outfits but it is safety which is always paramount. Our Body Protectors from Airowear will enhance your safety without restricting your movement. In addition, we have chosen our Riding Hats from the exceptional Charles Owen and Champion collections. You can develop your riding skills whilst being assured of the highest levels of protection.
Every equestrian will benefit from an investment in high quality rider apparel. Life is so much easier if you can choose your wardrobe in just one place. At Equi Supermarket we don’t horse around! Our equestrian clothing is always priced to please. We aim to make life easier so you can spend more time doing what you most enjoy.
Horse Riding Attire: What Lies Beneath
Underwear is often an afterthought, especially when we are just popping down the yard or out on a ride. However, it really should be the first thing we think about. Well, at least when we are about to get dressed! Underwear can be uncomfortable and unforgiving, and it can also be the ruination of a good outfit. Horse riding underwear is an extremely worthwhile investment - especially if you spend a lot of time in the saddle!
Most underwear is comfortable when you first put it on but the seams can chafe when you start to ride. Derriere Equestrian Performance underwear is free from stitched seams so will not rub or chafe, no matter how active you are. This clever underwear is fashioned using bonded fabrics and features support stitches where required to ensure that each garment is durable. The fabric is soft, supportive and moves with you so you feel fabulous.
Better still, the range includes padded shorties which enhance your comfort in the saddle further by reducing pressure on the perineum. If your anatomical knowledge isn’t up to scratch then your perineum is the area between your pubic region and your coccyx. The underwear is breathable too and so is truly athletic attire.
OK, so your underwear is rarely in public view but that doesn’t mean that style doesn’t matter. High quality underwear looks as good as it feels. The fine Derriere Equestrian Performance underwear is made from luxurious Italian fabric which marries performance with great styling.
There is nothing more likely to ruin your look than a visible panty line. Horse riding underwear is seamless and so will minimise lines visible through your Jodhpurs or Breeches. You will always look elegant as you ride.
Practical Horse Riding Underwear
Good quality horse riding underwear, even padded styles, can be machine washed as so is practical for everyday use. You don’t have to save it for competitions or other special occasions and so can always benefit from the improved comfort it offers.
Underwear may not be the first thing you think about when you are getting ready to ride but it will certainly be the last thing if you choose the wrong styles. If you are uncomfortable in the saddle, then this will be picked up by your horse. You need under garments which work with you, not against you and which allow you to enjoy your riding in comfort.
Riding Clothing Essentials: Get the Right Kit
Are you new to and unsure of what equestrian clothing you might need? There are some very important essentials that horse riders need to keep safe and comfortable. You will need to stock up on most of these things before you begin your lessons. When you are riding your horse you will have to occasionally endure harsh weather conditions so it's sensible to protect yourself with the right Here is some of the clothing you will need if you want to do horseriding.
Horse riding is expensive – there's no getting around it. Lessons can be costly and the price of buying and caring for a horse can run into thousands of pounds. However, there's one thing that you can't afford to skimp on when it comes to horse riding and that's proper riding clothing. It's important to be correctly dressed around horses. You require clothing that allows you to ride safely and comfortably. Here's a few of the basic horse riding clothes that you'll need including horse riding coat, jodhpurs or breeches and a riding hat.
A Riding Helmet
The first thing may spring to mind when you're shopping for horse riding clothing is a riding helmet. It's the most important piece of equipment that you will own. Your riding hat will protect your head should you fall and could well prevent you from sustaining a serious head injury.
You simply can't afford to compromise with your riding hat, so don't opt to use another kind of hat in order to provide the protection you need. You'd be amazed how many riders I've seen wearing cycle helmets and other such head gear! These hats are not appropriate to use around horses though, and do not offer the level of protection that you need. The good news is that Riding Hats come in various sizes and styles and at prices to suit all budgets. As long as your chosen hat has the BSI Kitemark on it, you can rest assured that it will be fit for purpose. Never invest in a second hand helmet as you cannot be sure if it has been involved in an impact. Knocks can compromise the structure of the hat.
A riding hat is another important piece of safety equipment for all horseriders. You need a high quality riding hat to protect your head should you fall off your horse.
Good question! If you are a beginner or thinking about taking up horse riding, then Horse and Hound has an ultimate guide to horse riding kit for beginners
If you want want some advice on competition wear, then this article outlines the ‘do’s and ‘don’ts’ of what to wear for riding competitions
Horse Riding Coat
The last thing you want is to be out on a ride and have no protection when a rain storm hits. You will definitely need a high quality waterproof jacket if you intend to go out riding in all weather. Ideally you also need a jacket that will protect you from the wind to keep you as warm as possible. Even in the spring it can still be very cold and windy on an early morning ride.
Picking a horse riding coat can be tricky. Theoretically, any coat that keeps you dry and warm is fine. It's true that many riders wear styles and brands that have not been specifically designed for riding. However, coats that have been made for riding come with a number of advantages. For example, longer coats tend to be split up the back in order to provide warmth to the legs and cover the saddle, whilst still allowing for unrestricted movement. Some also contain loops which fasten around the legs, preventing them from flapping around too much. One of the biggest benefits of choosing a horse riding coat instead of a general coat is that it may well offer extra padding, particularly at the elbows, as well as vents for comfort.
Horse riding coats are made to withstand the outdoors and the equestrian lifestyle. Many have features such as water proof, wind proofing, breathable materials, superior insulation and taped seams. Other handy features can include reflective piping, vents, hoods that can be rolled away when riding and plenty of good size pockets for treats, gloves and everything else we store in there!
It's a good idea to look out for a horse riding coat that is machine washable too. We know how mucky things can get down the yard - especially in winter. You may find that you need to re-waterproof the coat occasionally.
Jodhpurs and Breeches
Jodhpurs and breeches are designed specifically for riding. They are a much better choice than other trouser types, such as jeans or leggings. Firstly, they stretch in all directions, which means that you can move freely whilst in the saddle. They also benefit from extra padding on the inside of the knees. This extends their life from wear when in constant contact with the saddle and your horse's flanks.
Riding clothing and equipment may not be as costly as you think. In fact, prices have fallen significantly in recent years, ensuring that finding the right outfit is much easier.
Jodhpurs are an essential item of clothing for any horse rider. Once you begin horse riding you will understand just how important they are. They stop your legs from rubbing and make your riding experience as comfortable as possible.
If you are riding on roads then you should wear a reflective vest. Reflective vests help cars to spot you quicker and make you more visible on your horse. It's sensible to wear a reflective vest when horseriding for safety reasons.
Horse Riding Gloves
Gloves are not an essential item, you do not have to wear them. However, they will protect your hands from the cold and from rubbing on the reigns. It's a good idea to get some riding gloves gloves especially if you intend on riding through the winter.
Riding boots are used to protect your feet and help you to grip onto your stirrups when riding. They also help to keep your feet dry and warm. There are lots of different types of riding boots you can get, take a look at our selection online here
Are Waterproof Horse Riding Trousers Worth It?
Living in a country where it rains 133 days on average in the year, it becomes a recurring problem for equestrians to keep dry during long hours at the stables. We have all been there, ready to jump in the saddle and the heavens open. You are left dripping wet with Jodhpurs stuck to you and are more than likely to catch a cold. So, we thought we would take a closer look at waterproof horse-riding trousers.
Luckily, the equestrian market hasn’t let this go without seeking a remedy - enter waterproof horse riding trousers. I am going to start by saying that if you do not have a pair of these in your wardrobe, get some! For me these handy slip on trousers have been a lifesaver more than once. Most waterproof trousers allow you to wear jodhpurs or Breeches underneath, whilst adding an extra layer of waterproof protection to keep you warm and dry.
An extra benefit is that they can keep you clean when grooming or washing your horse. For these particularly wet and dirty jobs (poo picking in the rain anyone?), a pair of waterproof trousers really do come in handy! This means any mess can be solved by taking them off and throwing them in the wash. A must have for avoiding last minute show disasters too!
How much added protection do you get?
The level of protection you enjoy varies, depending on the type of waterproof trousers you buy. Some offer a very basic level of protection. These trousers, in my opinion, are ideal for quick rides or trips to the stable if you don’t need anything too durable or expensive. These are also a better option for spring and summer showers, as they are not built for thermal protection.
The more technical trousers cost more but give you more. These riding trousers offer not only waterproof protection, but thermal insulation as well. They are more suited for colder days, snow days or heavy showers. The advanced fabrics keep you bone dry, warm and toasty. That makes them an essential commodity for those wet winter days!
‘The Look’- will they cramp my style?
Many people become self-conscious when it comes to wearing waterproof riding trousers. Sometimes how you look becomes more important than the practicality of keeping warm and dry. My answer to this is that, surprisingly, they are quite pleasing to the eye. They come in a variety of colours and designs which are form fitting and flattering to wear. So there is no need to worry that they will make you look bulky or out of touch. In any case there is nothing that looks worse than soggy trousers!
Are waterproof horse riding trousers a worthwhile investment?
That would be a definite yes! In my view waterproof riding trousers are must haves. They keep you warm and dry and are both practical and stylish. No two pairs are exactly alike, so if making a style statement is your thing, then you can be sure there will be a pair to suit your needs.
As they can be used for everyday riding or as protection for breeches when travelling to competition, you will get your money’s worth. There is no reason why you should expose yourself to the rain and dirt. Save yourself the soggy washing and grab yourself a pair! You will be pleasantly surprised...
Choosing the Right Horse Riding Show Jacket
One of the most important items in the showing world is your show jacket. A riding jacket can shape your overall presentation, ensuring that your style is sophisticated and elegant, rather than ill-prepared and untidy. Here are some tips to help you choose the right horse-riding show jacket.
Consider the Colour
The colour of your show jacket is crucial for achieving a classic and traditional look. For show pony and hack classes, a navy jacket is perfect, but for hunter and mountain and moorland classes, a tweed jacket will be required. Choose the colour of your tweed carefully, as it should suit the colour of your horse or pony in order to really catch the eyes of the judges. I recently purchased the Caldene Southwold tweed jacket in brown check and I absolutely love it. It has side vents, self-collar, flap pockets and is made from 100% wool, ensuring that it's really comfortable.
Measure your Horse Riding Show Jacket for Size
It's essential that your horse-riding show jacket fits your body type correctly. Start by measuring yourself around the chest in inches. This can be used as your starting point when shopping for a new jacket as sizes are always stated in inches. Jackets for women tend to come in girls, maids and ladies’ sizes. This ensures that the jacket has more chance of fitting the different body types correctly. For men, jacket sizes are based on chest size.
Ensure a Perfect Fit
There's nothing worse than seeing a badly fitting jacket on a rider. If it doesn't flatter your figure, it will make you look untidy whilst on your horse, which isn't what you want when competing. If your jacket is too small, it will look strained and very unprofessional. It may also restrict your movements and hamper your performance.
It's important to check that a jacket fits correctly before splashing the cash. Firstly, check the arm length. You can do this by bending your elbows into the position they will be in when you're riding your horse. The sleeve should end at the top of the wrist, rather than some way up the arm. Next, check your jumping position by moving your arms from a bent riding position to a jumping position. The jacket shouldn't pull tight across your back. If it does, it's too small. Now you can check the jacket length by squatting in a riding position. A jacket that's too long will make your legs appear short. The right jacket should stop a few inches below your hip bone.
Finding the right show jacket for you is vitally important if you want to perform well. Take your time to consider your options and you'll thank yourself later on. The perfect show jacket should feel much like an old friend – you'll complement each other perfectly and will make it through the good times and the bad. You will always look at your best in the right show jacket.
The Evolution of Equestrian Fashion
Decades ago, there really wasn’t a great deal of choice when it came to equestrian clothing and riding wear. Most people at the stables wore beige jodhpurs, unremarkable jackets and pretty similar Riding Boots. These days, riders have a fabulous array of equestrian fashion to choose from. The leading equestrian ranges have risen to the challenge of creating clothing which is both practical and appealing.
The real revolution in equestrian fashion has been the use of technical fabrics. Modern textiles are designed to be lightweight and breathable making them a great deal more comfortable to wear for long days in the saddle and around the yard. Equestrian fashion now addresses the needs of riders so they can enjoy the same benefits as other athletes. The latest attire is constructed to be robust and hard wearing and is reinforced in the right places. Better stretch fabrics have also ensured that jodhpurs are far more comfortable than they used to be, not to mention easier to actually get into.
Equestrian footwear has also been transformed. Riding boots used to lack the technical features of athletic footwear and was frankly rather uncomfortable. Now your feet are properly cushioned and supported and you don’t end up wanting to chop your feet off at the end of a hard day.
Style and Colour
So equestrian fashion is now fit for purpose but it is also far more stylish and diverse. You can choose between traditional and contemporary looks and there has been an injection of colour. Naturally there are dress rules for competitions but when leisure riding you can express your personal style. Coloured jodhpurs are a fabulous innovation and the younger me would have swapped my beige pair for a more interesting option in an instant.
With the likes of Pikeur, Horseware Ireland, Ariat and many more offering comprehensive collections featuring shirts, tops, jackets, breeches and , today’s riders have all the choices they need. They can dress to suit their taste and the changing seasons. They know that their clothing isn’t going to let them down and they don’t have to break the bank to build a great equestrian wardrobe.
There is no more important issue than safety and in that regard equestrian fashion has also evolved considerably in recent years. Riding hats are safer than ever and body protectors can be worn without making you look like you have gained 20kgs overnight. Footwear is more protective too so riders have a much better chance of avoiding injuries.