Many budget-friendly parents new to the horse world might think their child’s bicycle helmet can double as a riding helmet, instead of having to pay the additional cost for a certified equestrian helmet. But when it comes to the health and safety of your rider, it’s not a time to pinch pennies.
The Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) and the American Society certify many different types of safety equipment, such as helmets. The institute uses detailed studies that correlate the types of head injuries to each particular sport, such as bicycling and horseback riding. They then certify the equipment in relationship to that particular sport.
Equestrian Riding Vest
A riding vest. A riding vest, also known as a body protector, is a padded garment that covers your chest, back, and ribs. It helps to absorb the impact of a fall and prevent internal injuries. A riding vest is especially recommended for riders who do jumping, cross-country, or eventing.
Equestrian Riding Boots
Riding boots protect your feet and ankles from injury and provide support and stability for your legs. They also prevent your feet from slipping through the stirrups or getting caught in case of a fall. Riding boots should have a low heel, and smooth sole to avoid getting stuck in the stirrups.
Other gear. Depending on your riding style and preference, you may also want to wear other gear, such as breeches, chaps, spurs, crop, or helmet cover. These items can enhance your comfort, performance, and appearance while riding.