What equipment do you need to ride a horse?

horse riding equipment

Before practicing any equestrian discipline, the rider must select the necessary equipment to feel comfortable and be protected to the possible risks that may arise.

In this article we will talk about the essential equipment when riding a horse.

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Rider's clothing

Garments must be comfortable and easy to move in addition to protecting who you saw them. Buying quality equestrian clothing is an investment for any rider as it allows you to enjoy more of the moments on horseback knowing that you are protected.

The basic garments are: Helmet, Vest or Protective Body, Jacket, Gloves, Riding Pants or Breeches, Socks or Tights and Equestrian Boots.


rider helmet

In addition to being required and being part of the basic equipment in any equestrian discipline, is the element fundamental in the protection and safety of the rider. They are usually made of special materials composed of resin or plastic. These exterior materials absorb impacts in addition to preventing the helmet from splitting and digging into the rider's head. On the inside, comfortable and padded materials are used.

It is important to make sure that the equestrian helmet purchased is approved to ensure that the quality is good and therefore provide us with security. 

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Vest or protective body

This garment, like the helmet, is essential for the rider's safety during riding. It is mandatory for minors always and for adults in some equestrian disciplines. However its use is recommended at any time since it absorbs the blows to avoid the possible injuries that can take place in the rider.

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It is perhaps one of the most characteristic garments of the riders' equipment. Is a garment chosen for aesthetics that provides more than protection. They are usually classic cut and cool colors.


horse riding clothing

They are not mandatory and therefore it is up to the rider to decide whether to use them or not. However sare a good complement to avoid the discomfort that the reins can cause in the hands, in addition to avoiding scratches in the event of a fall.

If you decide to use them, it is better to choose a tight-fitting glove that adapts to the shape of your hands and is comfortable. It is important that they do not reduce the movements of the rider's hands while he handles the reins of his horse.

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Riding Pants or Breeches

The pants specially designed for horse riding are made of elastic and resistant fabrics that avoid wear with continuous friction with the horse. 

Pants should be chosen that fit the body of the rider but without reducing movement. The choice of a comfortable garment that allows looseness should prevail in any kind of movement.

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Socks or stockings

As with the pants, all the equipment for the legs is in constant contact with the body of our horse. It is therefore important to choose socks long and with padded protection to avoid chafing.

Equestrian boots

riding boots

This is the last basic garment that every rider should own, and it is another important one. It is recommended that the boots be high and fit the rider's leg perfectly. Thus, snagging with the elements of the saddle that may cause difficulty in movements or even the fall of the horse are avoided.

They are normally made with leather that provide extra comfort, however there are also models made of other materials such as plastic that are more designed for children.

It is also advisable that the boots have a bit of heel to better fit the frame and prevent the foot from slipping.

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Horse equipment

Throughout history the horse team has evolved. Starting in the last third of the twentieth century, when horses went from carrying out agricultural and military uses to being sportsmen and used in leisure, this is when their equipment takes an important turn.

The outfit is a mix of tradition (leather) and modernity. For example, saddles are more anatomical for both the rider and the horse. Or we can also find new alloys and shapes for the mouthpieces.

Let's see what are the basic elements that make up the horse's equipment.



We can find a great variety in the market, different according to the equestrian practices to be carried out: jumping, dressage, horseball, raid ... or general use.

Saddles must sit properly on the back of our horse and allow complete freedom of movement. The beams must rest along their entire length on the back so that the chair is well balanced.

An Badly adjusted saddle can cause pain to our horse and also, it will not allow the rider to ride well. 

Nod off


There is a large number of nods depending on the discipline to be performed. Although they all start from the same structure: headpiece, browband, noseband, noseband and the two cheek pieces. The headboard is the strap that passes over the neck and that, together with the cheek pieces, keeps the mouthpiece in place. The browband is the strap that goes across the forehead and prevents the headband from moving backwards. The muffler must be well adjusted to prevent the headpiece from passing over the ears. The noseband prevents the horse from opening its mouth wide and crossing its jaw.

The nods are usually made of leather and more and more are padded in the most sensitive parts like the one that goes on the nape of the animal. What's more, some have moved the headpiece further back to prevent it from pressing on the nape of the neck.



Es one of the most important parts of the team. It is the part that it is introduced into the animal's mouth and serves to direct it. It can be a steak or a bite. The most common fillet is the articulated ring fillet with a lesser or greater thickness depending on the equine.

The finer the barrels of the steak, the more severe it is. The thicker the more comfortable it is for the horse and it is easier to accept it without problems.

The mouth of the horse It must be kept clean and in perfect condition. 

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Protectors and bandages

protector and bandages horses

Es It is convenient to protect the horses' legs when they train, walk or are loose in the field. Preserving the shaft, the fetlock and the hoof, especially the crown, is very important. To perform this protective function are protectors or bandages that prevent accidents. There are for work, for rest, for traveling, for each discipline, under bandages, bells, etc.

Bandages are usually elastic, fleece, or a combination of both materials. It is important not to tighten them too much or leave them so loose that the horse can lose them.

The low bandages are used to rest or for work with the function of maintaining the temperature in addition to protecting that area.

Travel protectors help safeguard equine limbs inside the truck or trailer.

The bells protect the heels and crown of the helmet from reaching the posterior limb over the anterior.

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