On the surface, horse riding may look like a sport or activity that doesn’t require much equipment however when you take a closer look you can clearly see how much behind-the-scenes work goes into equipment to make horse riding as functional as possible.
From the equipment that goes on the horse all the way to the attire of the rider – every piece has a purpose whether that be for efficiency or safety. Equipment is especially important to adhere to for beginners who are new to both horse riding and the after-effects horse riding can have on your body.
However, before we get into the equestrian equipment it’s important to learn the terminology that will go hand in hand with your time at the stables.
The terminology of horse riding may not be a physical piece of equipment however it’s important to understand the terminology in order to understand what the physical equipment is needed for. Getting on a horse for the first time will be confusing enough – there’s no need to head in without knowing what people are talking about either.
Here is some basic terminology for you to study before heading to the stables:
- Tack – All of the equipment involved with horse riding;
- Forehand – The front half of your horse;
- Equine – Equine is the technical term from horse;
- Haunches – The back half of the horse;
- Withers – The space between your horse’s shoulders;
- Hands – The measurement used when speaking about the size of a horse.
Now that we have a brief understanding of the terminology let’s move on to the actual physical equipment you’ll be needing.
While there is general knowledge with the public about the attire that is required for proper horse riding – a lot of people underestimate how important suiting up is. The team behind Pikeur Premium range also points out that it’s important to note the differences between clothing for leisure and competition. Not to mention how every single piece of clothing serves a purpose to the rider.
Let’s take a look at what’s expected of a horse rider in terms of attire:
When it comes to pants you must ensure that the pants are tight-fitted so as not to risk your bottoms moving around and getting caught somewhere like your tack. The most common types of bottoms are Jodhpurs and breeches.
Just like your pants – your top should be form-fitting as well. This can either be a high-quality t-shirt or polo shirt.
Your riding boots should offer maximum protection not only for your feet but for your lower leg as well. The leather will prevent your skin from chafing due to the constant rubbing of your saddle straps – or in more drastic cases being stepped on by a horse.
Horse riding does not come without risk. That’s why it’s important to follow the safety guidelines put in place to help you remain as safe and physically healthy as possible. That is why there is some equipment you should wear that’ll help you do just that.
Your helmet is probably the most important safety element on this list. Horse accidents are not uncommon and helmets can quite literally save your life. It’s important to make sure the helmet you buy has been tested and approved with the safety applications in your country. If you’re unsure make sure to consult a professional who can help you make the best choice.
A safety vest isn’t typically the standard when it comes to equipment for horse riding however if you’re a beginner wearing a safety vest is always strongly recommended. The vests are designing to protect your most vulnerable areas – as in your breastbone and other major organs. These vests will also help you brace for impact – the material is meant to absorb some of the shocks so as to prevent any serious or major injuries.
Like most sports horse riding will no doubt involve falling and injury, so a safety vest is an added precaution to those already taken by your instructors and the helmet wearing.
Ready to Ride?
Whether you’re preparing for your first time at the stables, are a continuous rider, or are looking to step up your game into the competitive realm – wearing and using the proper equipment is essential.
Take this guide as the beginning steps towards your goal of becoming completely equipped for horse riding. It’s always important to do your research on equipment especially when it comes to those that impact your safety – finally – make sure to have fun.
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