If your child is determined to get on a pony but you’ve never ridden before or only have limited experience with riding, then this short and simple guide will get you started. Riding can be a notoriously pricey sport and kids’ feet grow fast, meaning that the costs can really start to rack up. But no matter what your budget, there are options out there for you.
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Whether you’re a pupil or a professional, horse riding boots are an essential wardrobe piece for any horse rider. From riding to dressage to cleaning out, you need boots that offer protection against the outside elements, muck and the occasional deviating hoof. With the cold weather coming up, it might be time to splash out on some new boots!
Although most horse riders would like to bask in the complimentary conditions of Summer, the autumn and winter are fast approaching, so it might be time to update your horse rider equipment for the colder, wetter months. From upgrading your long boots to investing in a waterproof helmet, here are our top horse rider equipment picks for Autumn.
While long riding boots can be stifling in the Summer, come Autumn they are the perfect footwear. Our HKM boots rise to just below the knee, keeping the rain from off the calves and shins, protecting jodhpurs from staining and keeping the rider warm. Designed with lacing, they are ideal for both competing and everyday yard wear and feature a non-slip sole, which is ideal in the wet and slippery conditions Autumn brings.
Suede-covered helmets are popular in the riding world, but they can be troublesome in Autumn and Winter. When exposed to water, suede deteriorates very quickly and becomes stained, frayed and heavy putting a strain on the helmet. With Autumn showers on the way, it’s best to hang up your suede helmet until spring and invest in a waterproof one instead. Our Rambo Classic Helmet is unique in its design with both leather and plastic components combining for ultimate waterproofing.
Horse riders can’t help but be outside, with ponies to exercise and stables to clean, it’s very much an outdoorsy passion. Adverse weather conditions can’t get in the way of caring for horses, so Autumn is a good time to invest in some waterproof over trousers, for an extra layer of warmth and protection. Buying one pair of over trousers to add to your stocks of horse rider equipment can be a much more cost-effective approach than investing in multiple pairs of waterproof jodhpurs!
There is no one size fits all when it comes to riding equipment, with every different discipline having its own range of tools, clothes and accessories. But whether you’re into dressage, jumping, eventing or hacking the fundamental equipment is the same. Read our handy guide on selecting the right riding equipment to make sure you’re saddled up for the ride.
Choosing a Saddle
The sort of saddle you choose will depend on your primary riding style. For example, jumping saddles have a deeper seat and more padding around the knee to prevent rider falls when sailing over a jump, whereas general purpose saddles are not as specialised and so accommodate a wider range of disciplines. Regardless of your riding preference, a good saddle should comfortably fit the rider and the horse to ensure harmony and easy riding. This riding equipment comes in a range of materials, so it is also key to ensure that you opt for the right fabric that won’t irritate your pony or you.
Choosing the Bridle
Like a saddle your choice of bridle will also be determined by the equestrian discipline that you ride in. However, there are general bridles which are ideal for everyday riding and can withstand the occasional jump or dressage event. Finding a bridle that suits your horse and your needs is key, making sure to factor in comfort, style and control when choosing your bridle. You may have to try a few styles before settling on the right one as some horses can be particular about certain components such as bits.
Choosing the Bit
One of the most important decisions to make when it comes to riding equipment is what bit to use, or whether to use one at all. This tool is extremely important for communicating intent to your horse and thus should be chosen carefully. The range of bits can be confusing and range from a simple snaffle to more complicated bits that sit in the horse’s mouth, as well as hackamores. Which you decide to use will depend on your equestrian discipline, your level of riding, the shape of your horses’ mouth and how your horse was trained.
Starting out in the world of horse riding can be confusing, with so many niche terms and different pieces of equipment to get to grips with. We’ve put together our A – Z of horse-riding equipment to help beginners on their way!
- All in one fleece used in the winter to keep horses warm.
- Bridlewear is horse riding equipment used to control a horse.
- Competition Clothing is traditionally made up of jodhpurs, boots, smart shirts and jackets.
- D Ring Snaffle – is a bit that goes into the horse’s mouth and connects to the reigns.
- Exercise Sheet – is a sheet that fits underneath a saddle to prevent slippage and rubbing.
- Fly Veils - a mesh like mask that sits over the horses face to prevent eye irritations from flies.
- Grooming Kit – anything used to care for a horse’s appearance, be it a brush, hoof pick or horse supplement.
- Head Collar these are strapped around a horse’s face, attached to the reigns and can be used with or in place of a ‘bit’.
- Irons are the metallic part of a stirrup used to rest the feet on during riding.
- Jodhpurs are a type of popular horse-riding clothing that allows for greater control when riding.
- Kimblewick Bit is another type of bit that is attached to a D ring but features curb features.
- Lead Ropes are a horse-riding equipment attached to a bit that falls in front of the horses face and is used for transporting from field to stable.
- Marking Powder – used to mark horses to make them identifiable at competitions or in transportation.
- Nosebands are a part of bridlewear that can be used in riding or as a muzzle to prevent biting or bolting.
- Over Reach Boots are a padded and fur lined boot for the horses hooves, designed to keep the legs warm in winter.
- Pots can be attached to bridlewear and filled with treats, supplements or food to help calm a horse during transportation or to provide mental stimulus.
- Quilted Hoofpads can be stuck onto horse hooves to help with healing or to promote overall foot health.
- Riding Boots are the most common type of footwear used for riding and can be long or short in style.
- Stable Rugs can be work by a horse for extra warmth or for waterproofing in wet weather.
- Tendon Boots are a sort of support wrap used to stabilise the horse’s ankles during exercising.
- Udder Cream is a soothing agent used on horses’ nipples when they are nursing or if they have suffered injury.
- Vitamins there are a whole host of vitamins and supplement which are essential too overall health which will in turn make horses stronger.
- Wellingtons are a key part of horse-riding equipment for mucking out, as not to damage your riding boots and to keep feet dry.
- Y- Z – we have every type of horse-riding equipment you could ever need!
Introducing supplements into your horses’ diet can be both a preventative and reactive medicine, aiding in overall health and wellbeing of the animal, helping to stave off any would-be issues. While most supplements are ingested, there are some that can be applied to hooves, coats and manes which are easy to introduce in your grooming routine. With summer temperatures taking its toll on the feet of your horse, we’ve put together a guide on the best supplements for overall foot health.
Horses spend the majority of their time on their feet, rarely lying down – even when sleeping! This puts a lot of pressure on the hooves, which are prone to drying out and chipping, particularly when they are exercising in warm climates, or are exposed to rough terrain. Just like fingernails in humans, hooves need to be regularly cleaned, trimmed and nourished in order to protect the sensitive area beneath from damage. Keratex coconut hoof oil balm is designed to be applied to the feet twice a week and will restore nutrients and give hooves a healthy glossy look.
Horses hooves are a breeding ground for bacteria, being moist, warm and in regular contact with contaminants. One of the more common conditions that can affect the hoof is thrush, which can travel deep into the foot and cause extreme irritation. If you suspect that your horse may be infected, it’s wise to keep a can of Frogmedic Spray handy which is designed for deep penetration, eliminating affected cells and allowing fresh tissue to grow back.
Hoof Packing Clay
If your pony is prone to conditions of the feet, or you just want to add an extra layer of protection to their hooves to prevent any damage, a hoof packing clay is a good investment. This can be used long term and applied to the base of the hoof, to help promote healing and create a barrier against bacteria and everyday irritants. Filled with essential oils, hoof packing clay contains good bacteria that contribute to good foot health.
Horse Riding clothing stores are often dominated by women and children’s selections, which can be frustrating for men involved in riding, stable work or who own a horse of their own. Our online store has a huge range of clothing for men, including boots, jodhpurs and competition clothing, so there’s no need to search high and low for your equestrian essentials!
Summer is a great time of year for horse riders, as the days get lighter and longer, you know that you get to spend a little more time with your horse, or perhaps perfect a certain aspect of riding. But despite the luscious weather and warmer temperatures, it can be a difficult time of year for horses, particularly as increasing numbers of pests mean they’re more prone to both irritation and disease. We’ve compiled a list of horse-riding equipment to help you and your pony saddle up for summer.
Owning a horse or being a rider is no walk in the park and despite how glamourous it may seem to outsiders; horse riders know that there is a lot of work that goes into caring for you pony. There are a variety of accessories that can make the challenges easier though and they’re worth the investment early on to help you save time in the yard and spend more time in the fields.
Just like humans, horses’ immune systems need to be in tip-top condition in order for them to be fit and healthy and they can benefit from supplements being introduced into their diet. There is all manner of different supplements that are both natural and synthetic that can do anything from increase their mineral intake, strengthen their bones or even calm them down. We’ve put together a guide on the different types of horse supplements and what they do.