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Learning To Horse Ride? Here’s What To Wear

The history of horse riding is both rich and illustrious, dating back a truly impressive 5,000 years - so if you are thinking of learning to ride, you’ll be in most excellent company indeed.

However, before you get on the back of a horse for the first time, it’s necessary to make sure that you have all the appropriate clothing and equipment you need to ensure you get the most out of it and enjoy the experience… as it can be a bit of a bumpy ride initially!

Firstly, make sure you’ve chosen to wear comfortable clothing. Aim to avoid wearing anything baggy on your lower half and avoid rough materials whenever possible, or you could find that you’re left with some uncomfortable chafing after your lesson. 

Rough fabric can also cause your horse discomfort, so if you know you’re going to be pursuing riding with a passion you may want to invest in some breeches or jodhpurs sooner rather than later.

On your top half, wearing various layers can be a wise choice, as it allows you to shed a few when you’re feeling too warm, or put some back on when the cold starts to bite.

As for your feet, strong boots are best for riding but aim to find a pair that have a small heel so you can prevent your feet from sliding through the stirrups. You’ll likely be allowed to wear trainers initially, however, until you’re able to find a more suitable pair of boots that you like.

Depending on the time of year, you also may want to wear gloves. It can get very chilly out and about on horseback during winter and even spring can bring the cold with it. You’ll also likely find that gloves help you retain your grip on the reins, which can be especially useful for beginners.

And don’t forget about the all-important riding hat! This is an absolute essential and you should never ride without one, so make sure you stay safe and find the perfect hat for you. 

Happy riding, one and all!

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