What Do Equestrians Wear?

As with any sport, horseback riding requires clothing that fits properly on the body – including tight-fitting breeches and polos that tuck-in at the waist as well as sturdy safety-marked boots.

Dependent upon the discipline, competition clothing requirements may differ; all riders must however wear ASTM/SEI-approved helmets to reduce head injury risks.


Equestrians wear clothing designed to maximize comfort when riding and protect their legs when dismounting, taking into account both their long history as riders as well as any unique physical demands associated with this sport.

Riding breeches are a favorite choice among both casual and competition riders alike. Conveniently constructed to be pulled on, these trousers feature an elastic waistband for comfort and can help with tummy control. Made from thick fabric designed to grip the horse’s skin securely while in the saddle, some styles even include knee patches for extra safety in the saddle! Furthermore, different fabrics are often available for different climates, plus belt loops or pockets may offer added convenience.

Tights can be worn by both English and Western riders alike. Tights do not contain an inner seam that could irritate skin, while they’re frequently brushed with fabric that reduces odors and wicks away moisture – they come in various colors and materials like Cool-Tech to suit different riding disciplines.

Some equestrians choose jeans when riding bareback or during informal situations, while most prefer riding breeches or tights for comfort and ease of movement in the saddle. Fabric is strong enough to withstand barn activities like mucking out, grooming, bathing and grooming the horse, while paddock boots (tall boots with half chaps) offer additional protection and warmth when working with horses.


Clothing requirements for equestrians depend on their discipline and competition level; amateur classes will typically have less formal and stringent attire requirements than professional events.

Basic items for men’s horseback riding include a helmet, saddle, and stirrup leathers; however there is also an extensive variety of clothing and accessories that enhance comfort and style for everyday stable life as well as training or competitions.

Jodhpurs are tailored with stretchy material to fit comfortably over a rider’s legs and feature knee patches to grip onto their saddle, while full-seat breeches offer more comfortable sitting in the saddle. There are also winter riding jackets that offer warmth and protection against elements, featuring reflective tape or patches to increase visibility on trails.

Shirts may be short or long and must feature white collar and cuffs in competition; men typically sport ties. Additional essential clothing pieces for horse riding competition include gloves to protect the hands while controlling their horse and cap/hat to cover the head; cowboy hats are common among those competing in Western disciplines while derbies or hunt caps may be preferred by dressage riders.

Half chaps are protective legwear designed to shield riders’ calves and lower legs from being chafed by stirrup leather when riding. Some riders opt for rubber half chaps for improved grip while others enjoy the feel and windbreak features offered by leather ones.

Riding Boots

Riding requires proper footwear to ensure rider safety and comfort. Tennis shoes or boots without heels run the risk of slipping through the stirrups during an accident, becoming caught on the horse, or worse yet slipping off altogether and becoming caught between its hooves when falling from their mount, leading to severe injury for the rider. For maximum stability and speed in mounting or dismounting your horse quickly and safely, boots with small heels provide stability as well as having either a quick-on lacing mechanism or zipper closures to allow riders quickly get ready.

Equestrian boots come in various styles to fit different disciplines and riding styles. English riders should opt for field or hunt boots with laces for jumping and equitation, while dress boots offer classic dressage looks. Paddock boots with short ankle-extending heels make an ideal option when hanging around the barn or pairing half chaps for added protection on rides.

Equestrian clothing features various kinds of socks designed for riding horses. Moisture-wicking socks help keep feet dry, while padded or insulated varieties insulate and prevent blisters on the foot. Finally, compression socks may also help increase circulation and decrease fatigue while riding.

Half Chaps

Horseback riding is an incredible way to build core strength, balance, and coordination – but can be costly! Selecting suitable footwear is essential to comfort and safety; two primary choices include the traditional Tall Boot or Half Chap.

Half chaps, often constructed of leather or suede, are tightly fitted pieces worn around the lower leg to protect it from being rubbed by stirrup leathers while riding. They also provide extra grip to help you grip onto the saddle better, and are usually worn over short jodhpurs or paddock boots for optimal functionality. Some riders also prefer co-ordinating their half chaps and paddock boots – known as systems – for an enhanced appearance and more functional riding experience.

Dover Saddlery offers both half chaps and paddock boots at prices to suit every budget, in a wide selection of styles and prices to meet the needs of every rider. Note, however, that half chaps may be illegal at many recognized events and competitions, making them suitable for everyday schooling or less formal events such as fun rides only.

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