Must-Have Equipment for Horse and Rider

Posted by wormers-direct on 7th Jun 2024

Must-Have Equipment for Horse and Rider

Whether you are just starting out in the world of horse riding, or are a seasoned amateur, you will know that the amount of equipment available is incredible! A quick visit to your local tack shop or an online store like Wormers Direct will make you realise just how much equipment you need for both your horse and yourself as a rider. We have put together this guide to help you shop the must-haves to help you get going.

Rider Equipment

  1. Breeches or jodhpurs

Jodhpurs are often absolutely fine if you are starting out riding, they are made of a softer fabric than breeches and are a good introduction into riding trousers. Breeches fit a little more snugly and are made from a grippy fabric to allow your legs to be more secure in the saddle.

2. Riding boots (long or short)

A good pair of riding boots is essential for any equestrian, and the length you choose is entirely a personal preference. They have a small heel and lightly textured sole to help keep your foot safely in the stirrup, and stop your foot sliding through. Tall boots tend to be worn more for competitions as they are smarter than boots and chaps combined, and they also help keep the saddle from pinching your lower leg.

3. Riding hat

A riding hat is a non-negotiable piece of equipment for horse riders, no matter what level you are riding at. It should be specifically designed for horse riding too, as this will ensure it has the safety technology to keep your head protected should you fall off. It is really important that your riding hat fits properly too, so triple check the size you need before purchasing.

4. Body protector

A body protector is a great piece of equipment to have, as it provides you with extra protection in case you fall off. There are lots of different types of body protector, again it comes down to personal preference. Air jackets are also very popular in the equestrian world as these are more lightweight and only expand if the rider exits the saddle with force.

Horse Equipment

  1. Saddle, saddle pad & girth

A saddle is one of the biggest investments you will make if you have your own horse, so it is important you choose a qualified saddle fitter to help you with this. The saddle should fit both you and your horse, and consider what disciplines you plan on riding in as to what type of saddle you buy. For example, if you plan on jumping your horse a lot then a dressage saddle isn’t the best choice!

Along with a saddle you will need a girth to keep it securely in place, and a saddle pad to give your horse a bit of protection between the saddle and its back. Saddle pads also wick away sweat and moisture, to prevent heat build-up on your horse’s back.

2. Stirrup irons and leathers

Stirrup irons are where your feet sit when riding, and they attach to the saddle with a stirrup leather that hangs under the skirt of the saddle. There are lots of different types of stirrup irons available, particularly as technology is improving and more safety features are being created to allow for the quick release of your foot should it become stuck during a fall.

3. Bridle, reins and bit

A bridle is another key piece of equipment you need for riding, along with a bit that sits in your horse’s mouth. The main elements of a bridle are a headpiece, browband, cheekpieces, noseband and throatlash. Again there are lots of different options and choosing a bridle depends on the discipline you are planning on riding in, and what your horse feels more comfortable in.

4. Grooming kit

Grooming is one of the best ways to keep your horse healthy, shiny and also helps to boost circulation. It is a great time to check your horse over for any lumps and bumps, and grooming is a great bonding time with your horse too. There are lots of lotions and potions available to help with your grooming routine, as well as to protect your horse from flies in the summer months.

5. Rugs

Most horses in the UK will need rugs to protect them from the elements, particularly in winter if they are clipped out to avoid them sweating too much during exercise. There are different types of rugs depending on whether your horse is living in or out, and different thicknesses depending on the air temperatures too.

6. First aid kit

A well-stocked first aid kit is essential for any horse owner as you just don’t know when your horse may pick up an injury. When an emergency occurs the last thing you want to do is rush around trying to find something to stop a wound bleeding, you need to know exactly where your first aid items are located.

There are lots of things you can buy when it comes to horse riding, but these essentials should help to get you started and you can grow your collection from there! At Wormers-Direct we stock everything for the horse and rider, so browse our products online today.