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Equestrian Buying Guide

People have been riding horses for thousands of years and although the invention of the motor vehicle has somewhat lessened the need for horses, equestrianism, as a sport, is more popular than ever.

English Riding

The classic form of horse riding which uses an English saddle as opposed to the Western saddle. There are many different forms of English riding competitions which include:

  • Dressage
  • Classical Dressage
  • Show Jumping
  • Eventing
  • Endurance
  • Polo
  • Racing

Western Riding

This form of horseback riding emerged from the American West where riding traditions stemmed from the ranching activities dome by the cowboys.  Despite its American origins, this riding style is gaining popularity all over the world, including the UK.  The forms of competition in Western riding include:

  •  Western Pleasure
  • Reigning
  • Cutting
  • Team Penning
  • Trail
  • Halter

Western Saddles 

English Saddles 


General Riding Equipment/Tack

Bridles 

Riding Rugs 

Riding Reins 

Stirrups 

Girth 


Crops and Whips

Riding Crop 

Dressage Whip 

Jockey Whip 

Polo Whip 

Lunge Whip 


Western Riding Apparel

Western Jeans 

Chaps 

Cowboy Boots 

Cowboy Hats 

Cowboy Shirts 


English Riding Apparel

Riding Boots 

Helmets 

Breeches/Jodhpurs 

Riding Gloves 

Show Jackets 

Major Manufacturers