Riding Clothing Essentials - Get the Right Kit
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.
Horse Riding Coat
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.