Many people are well aware that when it comes to kitting themselves out for equestrian sports some things are absolutely necessary - riding hats for example. Such safety equipment should always be worn, but is specialist equestrian clothing as important?
Equestrian clothing doesn't exist simply to make riders look more professional, it's designed to give you and your horse the best riding experience possible. For example, a good riding jacket will fit well but also has side vents that allow the necessary movements. Regular jackets that allow as much movement don't have the appropriate fit, and the flapping sounds this causes may spook your horse.
Riding gloves are another piece of equipment that can provide several benefits beyond merely looking attractive. As well as giving the wearer added grip and warmth they can prevent chafing. Once again, a snug fit is required, but riding gloves also offer the rider what regular gloves don't - enough movement in the hands to control the reins.
Then there are Jodphurs, one of the most valuable pieces of Equestrian clothing . Jodphurs are specially designed stretchable, flexible trousers that are perfect for horse-riding because despite the amount of movement they allow in the legs they are tight fitting, so there's no chance of anything getting caught in other bits of equipment. They also prevent chafing, which is a major problem for riders that don't wear specialist equestrian trousers. It's clear to see that while equestrian clothing may not be quite as essential as riding hats, good quality clothing offers both the rider and the horse many benefits.
The Benefits of being kitted out in Equestrian Clothing