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Choosing the Correct Equestrian Equipment For Your Hobby

March 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 154

You cannot have one without the other. If you love horses, you must definitely love to ride them too. Whether horse riding is just your once-in-awhile pastime or your favourite hobby, it is one of the ways you can de-stress, relax and keep fit. It can be enjoyed by the young and even the old, just like it is a favourite pastime for Queen Elizabeth II, the second longest reigning monarch in British history. In fact the largest outdoor equestrian show in United Kingdom, the Royal Windsor Horse Show, is held annually at Her Majesty's private grounds at Windsor Castle.

Taking up an equestrian hobby is more than just riding. You will also have to groom the horse and clean out the stables. Of course with your love for horses, you would not mind doing all that is required to meet the horses' needs. When riding a horse, you will also need to have all the appropriate equestrian equipment to keep you and your horse safe and comfortable.

The equipment normally includes the saddles, saddle blankets, bridles, reins, horse rugs, neck covers, horse bits, head collars, brushes and combs, hoof picks, sweat scrapers and so on. Most are related to the care of the horse. As such, keeping up with the horse riding hobby can be a costly affair. Luckily, many of the pieces of equestrian equipment are only a one-time investment.

When buying this equipment, safety must be your utmost priority. Appropriately fitted equipment for your horse will ensure that the animal is comfortable and happy. An unhappy horse will most certainly affect your safety.

As for the rider, you must have these two very important pieces of equipment. They are the helmet and the boots. A good helmet will protect your head in case of a fall while the boots ensure that your feet do not slip through the stirrups that could lead to you being dragged by the horse. Both instances are a very detrimental situation to you. Riding breeches are also an essential for the rider. Irrespective you are in serious competition or just riding for fun, they are comfortable and stretch easily when you are on the saddle.

With equestrian sport gaining more attention in many parts of the world, there has been a growing influx of this equipment in the market. When you are looking to invest in your very own set of equestrian equipment, it is important to focus on the quality that will offer you durability, practicality and safety. Having the right equipment will definitely enhance your riding experience!

Jade Jennison is an enthusiastic writer in many subject matters and aims to provide information to people who share the same interests as her own. The websites recommended by Jade have been thoroughly researched and come highly acclaimed from direct experience. View equestrian equipment at Snack and Tack online at great prices.

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