All horse riders need a basic level of equipment and clothing in order to ride. To protect vital parts of the body, safety helmets, impact vests and boots are a must, as are sturdy gloves and maybe a whip to guide the horse along.
From: The Equine Warehouse
Safety equipment has increased vastly in quality and feature over the past few years in order to protect the rider even more. Modern horse riding helmets are designed to stay on the head and protect the most vulnerable areas of the skull whilst looking good, plus modern horse riding impact vests have internal layering akin to bullet proof vests, protecting vital organs and ribcage from damage in high speed falls.
Modern riding boots are designed to be comfortable, protect the foot and also stop friction damage on trousers and the horse whilst still employing traditional materials such as leather. Lastly, modern riding gloves can utilise the latest materials which means they perform just as well in wet weather as they do in the dry, protecting fragile fingers and palms from the friction of a leather rein.
You will find all of these items of clothing on the average horse rider… so don your helmet and get on your horse!