Your Guide To Horse Riding Gear And Tack

horse riding gear and tack

Show jackets are essential horse riding gear and tack. Show jackets are a basic item that is needed to show a horse’s form, condition and attitude. Show jackets usually consist of:

Show jacket. A horse riding gear and tack item used for the dressage phase of horse showing. Show jackets are loose fitting apparel that is worn over an outfit or over the horse’s hooves. The Show jacket is most often trimmed with show strips that resemble a shirt or casual coat and has elasticized waist bands to fit tightly around the legs. It also has padding in key areas to provide extra comfort for the horse while still providing protection from the cold. Usually the show jacket has knee high collars with buttons to secure the collars to the horse’s leg harness.

Show Tack

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Tack is a catch-all term for the other horse riding gear and tack that a horse may need during a competition or show. All equestrian competitions and shows require tack but show tack is especially important as it provides extra support to the horse while still being flexible enough to bend and twist. Show tack includes saddles, stirrups, lunge lines, stirrup pads, buckles, shoeing devices, and bridles.

Equestrian Boots

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While not technically part of the horse riding gear and tack ensemble, a good pair of cowboy boots can improve a rider’s performance. The main purpose of cowboy boots is to protect the rider’s legs from injury in the event of an accident.

When selecting boots, look for soft leather uppers that will conform to your foot and have reinforced soles for extra durability. In addition, look for boots with rubber or non-slip soles, so they will be comfortable no matter what surfaces you traverse on your journey.


Just as the name suggests, saddles are the saddles that you’ll use to ride a horse. Depending on how and where you ride, this part of your horse equipment may vary slightly from the rest.

For example, Western riders need long, wide stirrups with lots of rolling resistance to move their horses across fences and over hills, while equestrians in the southern states may opt for narrow spurs.


A horse riding helmet protects the rider’s head and face from nasty injuries in case of an accident. If you’re not certain whether you want to wear a helmet, ask someone you know who rides regularly whether they recommend one or not. If you do wear a helmet, the size you get will depend on your height and head circumference.


You probably aren’t even aware that tack comes in handy during a horse ride. Depending on what kind of riding you’re doing, there are different tack supplies available.

Some of the more common ones include stirrups, bridles, stirrup pads, and lunge whips. Of course, you’ll need your helmet if you plan to wear one.


That completes your horse, riding gear and tack list for this morning. To recap, you should have your helmet, long reins, bridles, shoes, and any other specialized gear. Before leaving the house, make sure you have cleaned and sanitized your gear to avoid unpleasant odors. And remember to bring along a good water bottle. With a little planning, you’ll be ready to have an enjoyable day out on your farm. Have fun!

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