Here I am going to share with you my ten favourite equestrian items. I have a real mixture of items, some are for riding and others those I just like when attending the yard.
No.1 – LeMieux saddle pad, I have numerous colours of these, my favourite is the close contact style as this sits nicely under the saddle. I also have a couple of dressage pads too. I love the vibrant colours of these pads and they wash up well too.
No.2 – Waterproof Chaps, I absolutely adore these items in winter, they are warm and keep me dry when riding and protect against the constant winter mud. I love how easy they are to put on, they have zips and velcro down each side with an adjustable waist and clip.
No.3 – Bobble hat, you can’t go wrong with a good woolly bobble hat, my favourite hat I got at your horse live by House of Tweed. I got a lovely purple one which came with two detachable bobbles which you can change depending on your mood. With all the wind I can get bad ears and a bobble hat protects me from ending up with ear pain when visiting the yard, they are also helpful for hiding bad hair days or when I just can’t be bothered to do my hair!
No.4 – Best friend comfort plus bareback pad, I absolutely adore this pad, it comes with a non-slip breathable girth and had D-rings which I connected a balance strap too (not used now). I found this pad extremely comfortable and has helped to improve my riding and was what I was using to originally go out alone. I would definitely say that bareback riding has improved my core muscles and balance.
No.5 – Hi-Viz items, we have a great growing collection of items now, our most recent items added are tail streamers which I recently received as a present for my birthday. I think hi-viz is very important especially when riding on roads but we use it everywhere to alert people that there is a horse and rider around as this gives people a chance to put dogs on leads etc.
No.6 – Equilab, I have been using this riding app for a while now and love it, it has recently been updated and includes useful information about your rides, including strides, turns, etc. I love it as it allows me to track my miles for #hack1000miles. You are able to add friends too and can upgrade to a premium version, however, the free one has been sufficient for me but the paid version has a handy riding alert if you should fall. I find that it links well to google too and syncs with my smartwatch. Click the logo below to find out more and be able to download the app.
No.7 – Travel mug, apart from gin I do love a good cuppa and so a travel mug is ideal for the yard, especially on these cold and miserable days with the likes of storm Ciara and Dennis making it feels so much colder than it is! I have to have builders tea though with two sugars (obviously I’m not sweet enough), how do you take yours?
No.8 – Mane and tail spray, I recently brought the Naf silky as my current spray had run out and being an owner of a cob with lots of hair a good spray is necessary to maintain his luscious locks. This spray smells lovely and will be one I will be keeping in large supply and the price I found to be reasonable for a decent size bottle!
No.9 – Sheldon Jodphurs, these are my absolute favourite and most comfortable Jodphurs, in a cozi stretchy fabric, they are my go-to pairs and are often found at horse shows at a reasonable price so I will get a pair or two to up my collection.
No.10 – My final item is again a recent gift for my birthday, this time from my lovely horsey daughter, I don’t have a link for these but they can be found on Facebook to order. I was treated to a browband and matching paracord reins, in my favourite colours and who can resist a bit of matchy-matchy!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my favourite equestrian items, they may not be the most expensive items but I believe in living within my means. However, that does not mean that I cannot enjoy horses just as much as those who have deeper pockets, I think everyone who wants to should be able to enjoy these great animals. His welfare always comes first and he certainly goes without nothing.
What are your favourite items for the yard? Please comment below and let me know.
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