Horse Riding Gear for English Riding
If you decide to ride English, you'll want to start with the proper helmet. This is an essential for any beginner as it will keep you protected in case of a fall, and later on it will keep you safe during fast-paced events, such as jumping or polo. Horse Cents Tack Shop carries a great selection of English riding helmets at all price points, but you'll want to be sure to choose the one for your head size for a proper fit.
Next, invest in a great pair of men's breeches or women's breeches or kid's. Breeches will keep you most comfortable since they are designed specially to enhance grip as well as stretch and support with the dynamics of riding. Weather appropriate shirts & tops will keep you comfortable and focused on riding - not how hot or cold you are. Most riders choose sun protection tops: women's sun tops and kid's sun tops during warm weather to protect their skin from damaging rays. These tops often feature moisture wicking, fast drying, cooling fabrics. In cooler weather choose a top designed to keep the cold out or layer with a vest or close-fitting jacket.
Tall English riding boots or paddock boots and half chaps are the next essential part of your gear, as they ensure good foot placement and protect your calves from the friction of the leathers. While there are lots of other types of English riding gear that you can invest in later, these are the most important pieces for any beginning rider.
Many riders are choosing safety vests especially for fast-paced types of riding involve jumping and more challenging activities. If you think this is what you want to do it's always smart to add an extra layer of protection.