Horseback Riding Gear for Beginners

Whoa, Nelly! Don’t horse around when it comes to getting best riding gear. Sheplers wants you to be prepared when you saddle up for your first ride. Take it from our team, you’ll enjoy the experience a lot better with the appropriate equipment.

Helmets

Protecting your noggin is the most important part of getting prepped. Sheplers sells the best certified helmets to keep you safe whether you are going for a beginner ride or an experienced one. We offer suede and matte polycarbonate helmets as well as high quality plastic helmets for beginners. The Troxel Black Liberty Riding Helmet is a great choice for those taking their first rides.

Troxel Black Liberty Riding Helmet for beginner riders

Boots

The boots you need for your ride depend on whether you are riding western style or English style. Western style riders typically wear cowboy boots (or cowgirl boots) when they ride. English style riders invest in paddock boots for training and field boots for showing. Sheplers has a wide variety of men’s western wear and women’s western wear, including equestrian boots.

Women’s western wear- equestrian paddock boots and field boots

Breeches, Pants and Chaps

If you are riding western style, Wrangler jeans should do the trick for your first ride. If you are riding English style, breeches are the way to go. Breeches fit to your body and are made from cotton and spandex to help with fit and keep you from sliding around the saddle. Sheplers offers a wide variety of breeches for riders of all experience levels. The Ariat Women’s Heritage Knee Patch Side Zip Breeches will work great for women while the Ovation Men’s Euroweave Knee Patch Breeches are a great fit for men taking on riding for the first time.

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Chaps are a unisex product that work for beginning men and women. There are full chaps that go all the way from the waste to the ankles and then half chaps that go up to the knee. They give you more grip on the saddle and keep your legs dry from the sweat from the horse. The fit is important to ensure your ride is comfortable. Sheplers has the options you need to ensure you find the chaps that work for you.

Horseback Riding Gear for Beginners

Whoa, Nelly! Don’t horse around when it comes to getting best riding gear. Sheplers wants you to be prepared when you saddle up for your first ride. Take it from our team, you’ll enjoy the experience a lot better with the appropriate equipment.

Helmets

Protecting your noggin is the most important part of getting prepped. Sheplers sells the best certified helmets to keep you safe whether you are going for a beginner ride or an experienced one. We offer suede and matte polycarbonate helmets as well as high quality plastic helmets for beginners. The Troxel Black Liberty Riding Helmet is a great choice for those taking their first rides.

Troxel Black Liberty Riding Helmet for beginner riders

Boots

The boots you need for your ride depend on whether you are riding western style or English style. Western style riders typically wear cowboy boots (or cowgirl boots) when they ride. English style riders invest in paddock boots for training and field boots for showing. Sheplers has a wide variety of men’s western wear and women’s western wear, including equestrian boots.

Women’s western wear- equestrian paddock boots and field boots

Breeches, Pants and Chaps

If you are riding western style, Wrangler jeans should do the trick for your first ride. If you are riding English style, breeches are the way to go. Breeches fit to your body and are made from cotton and spandex to help with fit and keep you from sliding around the saddle. Sheplers offers a wide variety of breeches for riders of all experience levels. The Ariat Women’s Heritage Knee Patch Side Zip Breeches will work great for women while the Ovation Men’s Euroweave Knee Patch Breeches are a great fit for men taking on riding for the first time.

breeches for womenbreeches for men

 

Chaps are a unisex product that work for beginning men and women. There are full chaps that go all the way from the waste to the ankles and then half chaps that go up to the knee. They give you more grip on the saddle and keep your legs dry from the sweat from the horse. The fit is important to ensure your ride is comfortable. Sheplers has the options you need to ensure you find the chaps that work for you.

A Brief History of Horseback Riding

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The earliest evidence of horseback riding dates to over 5,000 years ago, when fossils of horse teeth indicated that a riding bit was placed in the animal’s mouth. Since then, horses became a great resource for long-distance travel, as well as herding large groups of cattle and other animals. Horses are powerful animals, and were put to work for tasks like packing animals and pulling large loads of food, water, and supplies from one group of people to another. There is much speculation over which people began riding horses first – the Brahmins in India or the Chinese.

Western style horseback riding is believed to have derived in the Southwestern United States in the 1600s, to accommodate the daily needs of cowboys. English style riding, characterized by its saddle that allows the rider closer contact with the horses back, is believed to have originated in Europe before coming to America.

At one point horses were the main source of transportation, integral to everyday life in trading, transportation, and even warfare., Today horseback riding is greatly popular as a racing sport, for its therapeutic properties, and general exercise. Many people enjoy horseback riding simply because of the emotional and spiritual connection they feel with these massive, majestic creatures.

Equestrian clothing plays a major role in horseback riding competitions, and general horseback riding activities today. Sheplers, the number one source of Western apparel, helps you dress the part with different designs that can accommodate certain styles, sports, and disciplines within horseback riding. Check out our women’s equestrian boots and jackets. Men can check out our equestrian jackets and equestrian breeches to ride in style.