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2 must-haves when starting with horseback riding

Finally time to start riding? Whether you're a beginner or have been riding for a while, there are two things you must equip yourself with before mounting the horse - a secure riding helmet and a pair of riding shoes with a heel, preferably riding boots.

1. A secure riding helmet

Riding helmets are often available for borrowing at the riding school, but the advantage of investing in your own is that you can ensure the helmet has never been subjected to any impacts, which could affect its function in the event of a fall. With your own helmet, you also know that you always have one that fits you perfectly. Additionally, it is more hygienic, minimizing the risk of infestations such as lice.



2. Riding shoes with a heel

Footwear with heels is used to prevent the foot from slipping through the stirrup, thereby reducing the risk of getting caught in case of a fall. Riding shoes may also be available for borrowing at riding schools in some cases, but the hygiene factor could be a reason to acquire your own pair. With your own riding shoes, you ensure that there is always a pair in your size that fits comfortably, both during the riding session and in the stable. Otherwise, the limited number of available loaned shoes may be taken by other students. When arriving at the stable, especially when the stable yard is muddy, you will also realize the convenience of not having to use your everyday shoes there.

Jodhpurs Freema Brown
10
€47.66 €52.95
Jodhpur Protective Steel Toe Black/Brown
From €84.99
Jodhpurs Farrow Vegan Black
10
€47.66 €52.95
Jodhpurs Milano Black 33
10
€58.45 €64.95
Jodhpurs Bari Black
10
€49.46 €54.95
Jodhpurs Freema Black
10
€47.66 €52.95


An even better alternative than riding shoes - Riding boots

An even better alternative than riding shoes during the riding session is riding boots. These provide better support for the leg and more stability in the ankle, making it easier for you in the saddle. They also protect you from pinched calves, which you will quickly realize can be quite bothersome and, above all, painful. You can get the same protection from a pair of short chaps, but the chaps do not offer the same stability. However, chaps are easier to just put on and take off before and after the riding session, unlike riding boots that you should replace with a pair of shoes when you're in the stable, as the durability of riding boots diminishes if used when you're not in the saddle.

Tall Boots Veganza Young Black
15
€93.49 €109.99
Rubber Riding Boot Black
€35.99
Tall Boots Veganza Black
15
Mountain Horse
€129.19 €151.99
Tall Boots Sovereign Young High Rider Black
20
€135.19 €168.99
Junior Riding Boot Arrox Black
15
€93.49 €109.99

Short Chaps Jr Aspen Black
10
€31.46 €34.95
Short Chaps Burnley Black
10
€69.26 €76.95
Short Chaps Jr Soft Rider Black
From €50.99

Complement with a safety vest for extra protection

Wearing a safety vest is not always a requirement from the riding school, but it's a highly recommended addition to your riding gear for maximum safety in the saddle. A safety vest protects your back, chest, and internal organs in case of a potential fall.

Safety Vest Jr Rider Black
€114.95
Back Protector Jr Black
10
€78.26 €86.95
Back Protector Black
10
€89.95 €99.95
Back Protector Level 2 Black
40
€43.19 €71.99
Junior Safety Vest Pink
€84.99
Safety Vest with Plates Black
€84.99

Clothing designed for riding makes a significant difference

Of course, you can ride in whatever clothes you prefer, but functional apparel designed for riding makes a significant difference. After a short time in the saddle wearing proper riding attire, you will notice the contrast.

Riding is demanding, and it's completely normal to feel both warm and sweaty during a riding session. Wearing a breathable and moisture-wicking riding shirt is, therefore, a must to prevent getting wet and chilled. Also, consider avoiding a shirt or riding jacket with a hood, or ensure the hood is detachable, to eliminate the risk of it getting caught in a branch or similar during the ride, as it poses a risk of strangulation.

To avoid chafing, you also don't want clothing with seams that rub or clothes that fit too loosely and risk bunching, causing chafing during riding. Riding breeches fit snugly for this reason, but they also provide you with an excellent grip in the saddle, which can be particularly helpful for beginners.

A pair of tall riding socks not only makes it easier to put on chaps and riding boots but also ensures that the riding pants stay in place and do not slide up. At the same time, a tall riding sock also avoids the risk of slipping down and settling under the heel, as a shorter sock might.

Riding gloves keep your fingers warm and mobile while also helping to protect against chafing and blisters from reins and lead ropes.

If you're unsure where to keep your valuables, such as your phone and keys, during your riding session, a waist bag is a fantastic tool for on-body storage. Avoid loose items in your pockets that may fall out or make noise during the ride, and don't forget to mute your phone as it can startle the horses and disrupt the lesson.


Clothing designed for riding makes a significant difference

Of course, you can ride in whatever clothes you prefer, but functional apparel designed for riding makes a significant difference. After a short time in the saddle wearing proper riding attire, you will notice the contrast.

Riding is demanding, and it's completely normal to feel both warm and sweaty during a riding session. Wearing a breathable and moisture-wicking riding shirt is, therefore, a must to prevent getting wet and chilled. Also, consider avoiding a shirt or riding jacket with a hood, or ensure the hood is detachable, to eliminate the risk of it getting caught in a branch or similar during the ride, as it poses a risk of strangulation.

To avoid chafing, you also don't want clothing with seams that rub or clothes that fit too loosely and risk bunching, causing chafing during riding. Riding breeches fit snugly for this reason, but they also provide you with an excellent grip in the saddle, which can be particularly helpful for beginners.

A pair of tall riding socks not only makes it easier to put on chaps and riding boots but also ensures that the riding pants stay in place and do not slide up. At the same time, a tall riding sock also avoids the risk of slipping down and settling under the heel, as a shorter sock might.

Riding gloves keep your fingers warm and mobile while also helping to protect against chafing and blisters from reins and lead ropes.

If you're unsure where to keep your valuables, such as your phone and keys, during your riding session, a waist bag is a fantastic tool for on-body storage. Avoid loose items in your pockets that may fall out or make noise during the ride, and don't forget to mute your phone as it can startle the horses and disrupt the lesson.

Children's Riding Breeches YRC Navy
50
€14.99 €29.99
Boot Socks 3-pack Pastel Mix
€24
Fleece Sweater Tate Tech Junior Pink
€33.99
Jacket Jr Guard Team Navy
Mountain Horse
€84.99
Riding Breeches Diana Taupe 46
€75.99
Riding Tights Signature FG Black
30
€53.19 €75.99
Junior Riding Jacket Harris Navy
25
€42.71 €56.95
Fleece Sweater Fuzzy Grey
Mountain Horse
€49
Junior Vest Aster Navy
52
From €30.02 From €62.95
Headband Sparkle Navy Blue
20
€11.96 €14.95
Waist Bag Navy
Mountain Horse
€19

For you as a parent

As a parent or adult accompanying a child at the riding school or stable, be prepared to assist in the stable with grooming, saddling, and other preparations for the ride. You may also be asked to lead the horse in the arena. Equip yourself with a sturdy pair of shoes, preferably with steel toes.

Wear durable clothes that you aren't afraid to get dirty and that can withstand the stable environment. Most importantly, dress comfortably and warmly, as much of your time will be spent standing on the riding arena or sitting in the stands.

Jodhpur Protective Steel Toe Black/Brown
From €84.99
Jodhpur Protective XTR Lite Brown
€126.99
Jodhpur Protective XTR Lite Black
€126.99
Jodhpur Steel Toe Toscana Black
10
€134.95 €149.95

Mary Navy Jacket
30
€111.99 €159.99
Riding Overall Protect Black
25
€176.99 €235.99
Riding Coat Candice Navy
20
€159.96 €199.95
Heated Socks with Batteries 7.4V Gray
50
€67.50 €134.99
Thermal Riding Breeches Polar Full Seat Black
20
€101.59 €126.99
Teddy Fleece Joelle Brown
€33.99

Give the horse some extra care

Many value the time spent in the stable just as much as the time in the saddle. Take your time to care for the horse both before and after the riding session. It is appreciated by both riders and horses! Bring your own grooming bag equipped with brushes, rubber bands, coat shine, and hoof oil. Give the horse a thorough grooming to stimulate blood circulation, braid its mane, and oil its hooves for a shining elegance in the arena. Also, finish with a small treat as a thank you for the good work.

Back Brush HG Pink
Horse Guard
€3.95
Horse Snaks Rainbow
From €1.99
Coat Shine Non-Slip Dreamcoat 500ml
10
€15.29 €16.99
Rubber Bands 750pcs HG Black
€3.95
Hoof Oil 475ml
€16.99
Grooming Bag Jupiter Navy
€29.95

Take care of your equipment

Remember to take good care of your equipment, both to ensure its longevity and to uphold its promises! For instance, a helmet that hits the ground may sustain damage, making it unsafe to use. Therefore, make it a habit to always store and transport your riding helmet in a helmet bag. To keep your boots in good condition and maintain their support, which in turn aids you in the saddle, avoid using them more than on the horse back. Store them in a boot bag when not in use and keep them upright with boot shapers. Don't forget to clean and polish your leather, both on shoes and boots, to prevent unnecessary wear and tear! If you have synthetic leather riding shoes or boots, simply wipe them with a damp cloth.


Helmet Bag 2.0 Black
20
€20 €25
Helmet Bag Chestnut Brown
Grooming Deluxe by Kentucky
€74.99
Helmet Bag Juno Navy
€21.95
Helmet Bag Classic Navy Blue
€39.95
Helmet Bag 2.0 Black
20
€20 €25
Helmet Bag Chestnut Brown
Grooming Deluxe by Kentucky
€74.99
Helmet Bag Juno Navy
€21.95
Helmet Bag Classic Navy Blue
€39.95




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