Horse Riding Gear: What to Buy the First Year

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Boots, breeches, gloves and helmet are important              pieces of  riding gear.

What type of horse riding gear do you need when you are first starting out?

If you’re still riding after a month or so, you are probably going to stick with it.  Sometimes you participate because your friends are doing it. Maybe you just wanted to try it out.

To help you get started I am going to share some tips about what type of horse riding gear you should invest in.

It’s ok to splurge a little on some things, but don’t break the bank! Remember the difference between wants and needs.

The first piece of horse equipment that you should consider buying for yourself is a horse riding helmet. Go here to read my post about helmets.

We’ve also discussed what type of shoes and footwear that you should use in an earlier post. You can read more about them here.

Riding pants, in the horse world, are called breeches. They help to give you better feel and “stick” when in the saddle. For this reason they contribute to your safety!

Depending on the time of the year, you may want to consider purchasing Under Armour. You are involved in horse riding which is an athletic activity. You want your clothing to be comfortable, lightweight and breathable.

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Heritage Performance Gloves

Riding gloves are something you should consider. I don’t know what climate you live in, but in Buffalo New York you can get pretty cold. The Heritage Performance gloves are a favorite at my barn.

My wife doesn’t like to ride when it gets below 20°F. Everyone has their own thermometer and over the years I’ve witnessed crazy horse people riding at 10°F and below.

Fancy leather riding gloves are often worn at horse shows, clinics or special events. Leather riding gloves give your show outfit a nice, finished looking appearance and help you keep the horse reins comfortably in your hands.

I liked to wear them for that reason. Also, I felt pretty cool when I had them on and they helped me get into the right frame of mind.

If you are buying riding gloves for your child you might want to try the Ovation Child’s Heart

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Children’s Riding Gloves


When the students would get together, after their birthday or holiday, they would enjoy showing off the gifts received.  When it came to equine boot socks it always seemed like the more colors the better!

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Equine Boot Socks

I know the students at the farm enjoyed getting horse riding gear, like gloves or socks, as a gift for Christmas, birthday or any time.

If you want to be a big hit with your favorite horse lover, for their next big occasion buy them some horse riding gear!

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6 thoughts on “Horse Riding Gear: What to Buy the First Year

    1. Alan Post author

      Thanks for your kind words. I really enjoy sharing my experiences. Feel free to ask questions or disagree with anything.

  1. Duncan Lance

    There really are a lot of pieces of equipment to buy when you’ve decided to ride horses. However, I do like that the article brings up the importance of helmets and boots. After all, you will want to make sure that you are as safe as possible when riding your horse.


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