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A Beginner’s Guide to Horse Accessories

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Starting your horseback riding journey can both be exciting and intimidating. If you visit your local farm store, you can find yourself gazing wide-eyed at the colorful halters, fun saddle pads, and tie-dye leg wraps, unsure of what to buy. It might seem tempting to buy everything you see and get started right away, but you may end up with an empty bank account and an extensive list of items you have yet to buy.

Our article outlines the must-have and nice-to-have horse equipment and riding gear for beginners. There are several places where you can buy equestrian gear without having to spend a lot of money. It is essential for beginners to choose your riding essentials with safety and comfort in mind.

The following elements will help you to get started on the right hoof.

Riding Hats

Unpredictable creatures, horses are!

At any given moment, they may do certain things that lead to a fall by the rider. Hence, you should always wear a helmet or riding hat when mounting a horse.


In addition to a helmet, boots are the next crucial accessory in a rider's kit. Not only will the right footwear help in preventing injuries to your feet, but it will also guarantee that you maintain your grip on your horse's stirrups.

Riding boots come in two main styles for men and women: long knee boot style and short boots style. It's up to you to decide what style suits you best. In choosing your boots, make sure they have a short heel (between one and one and a half inches) and a low tread. Having leather boots is ideal, but they aren't essential. Waterproof footwear is an added advantage if you want to keep your feet clean. Ensure that your shoes have no buckles or hooks that could get caught in the stirrup.

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Whether the weather is cold or hot, the rider must have their gloves on. The gloves will not only protect your hands (from blisters, for example) but will also provide a firm grip on the reins. If you're riding your horse, make sure your hands are protected. If you're riding in cold weather or if you need to grip the reins, then horse-riding gloves are perfect for you. It may seem easier just to use a pair of ordinary gloves, but these won't provide the grips or support that riding gloves will.

When choosing your riding gloves, you are faced with a variety of styles and, while fabrics ultimately come down to personal preference, there are certain things to consider. Even though leather gloves might seem like they would be the most durable and protective, they won't allow beginners to feel the reins right away. Instead, we suggest Lycra or spandex gloves, which would offer stretch and not act as a barrier. To maximize your riding experience, look for styles with rubber grip dots on the palm for extra safety.

Riding Pants/Breeches

Riding breeches are a pair of pants worn by riders when riding horses, made of a thin, snug fabric so the horse can feel the rider's movements. They are designed to prevent you from chafing while riding a horse. In addition, they help you maintain your grip on the horse because the fabric in strategic places enables you to stay on the horse.

As a bonus, your riding breeches are tailored to easily work with your horse riding boot, usually a tall boot that goes to the knee. You can make a contrast between riding pants like breeches and jodhpurs, which are meant to be worn with shorter paddock boots. Another minor difference between Jodhpurs and Breeches is that they have different cuffs. You can choose either one to wear when you ride for pleasure based on your preferences.

Control Kit

You are not ready to ride your horse without the essential control kit. These are accessories that you need to stay in control of the entire riding experience. Some of the must-have control accessories include a bridle, bit, reins, and a saddle which is often accompanied by a saddle pad. It would be best if you also got stirrup leathers, stirrup irons, and girth. Control the movement and pace of your horse with a halter, lead ropes, and cross-ties.

Grooming Accessories

It is essential to groom your horse both before and after each ride. The horse will stay healthier and more comfortable during your rides, and you will also be able to see if there are any injuries, swelling, or other issues. Some of the vital grooming accessories you need to have are a curry comb, a hard brush, and a soft brush. You should also get a mane and tail brush, shampoo, and conditioner too.

To keep your horse’s shoe free of dirt, you should get a hoof pick and some clippers.

With these accessories, you are set to have the best horse riding experience of your life!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Dakota Newman

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