Tag Archive : saddles

Horse Riding EquipmentHere at Horse Gear, I believe that the right equipment is not only a good thing for us humans, but for our horses as well. After all, if our horses are not happy then we won’t be either. I am going to talk about a few types of horse riding equipment here, and a little bit about what all responsible horse parents should know about gear. These are the main items you will need. I will add another post soon with additional Horse Gear.


 Saddles are the devices that go on top of your horse for seating. They are strapped on with a girth (padded strap around your horse’s stomach), and also contain stirrups which hold your feet to make you more comfortable. Western Saddle

 There are several different types, and styles of saddles. You will want to find the one that best fits your rump and the riding occasion. After all, it can be a bumpy ride sometimes. Whether you are just joyriding or riding for a show you can find exactly what is right for you. You can even find them in any color you fancy. The most common styles are:

  • Dressage
  • Endurance
  • Western
  • Polo
  • Sidesaddle
  • Cutting
  • Reining
  • Australian
  • Barrel Racing
  • General

Saddle Pads

 Saddle pads are the cushions that go between your saddle, and your horse. It makes the ride more comfortable and helps to prevent rubs or scrapes on your horse’s skin.Saddle Pad

 Saddle pads come in all kinds of colors, and designs. Whatever your heart desires you can find it.


 Bridles go on, and around your horse’s head to be the base point of communication between you, and your horse.Horse Wearing Bridle

 Finding the right bridle can be a daunting task. It all boils down to the size of your horse’s head, the type of riding you are doing, and the comfort of your horse of course. There are 6 main types of bridles, and they each serve a different purpose just like all of our other horse riding equipment detailed in this post. Here are the 6 main styles:

  • Western
  • Relief
  • Snaffle
  • Double
  • Halter
  • Bitless

All come in different styles


 Bits go in your horse’s mouth and apply pressure to help your horse know which direction you are asking him to go.Smiling Horse

 Bits should be easier to choose from but are just as important as saddles, bridles, or reins. In some cases, these are not always needed. Also, you have to be sure to place the bit over your horse’s tongue, and never under. This can cause severe pain for your horse, and even result in injury. Some of the different types of bits are:

      • Snaffle


      • Curb


      • Pelham


        • Gag


      • Double


      • Hackamore
      • Mouthpiece



All of which come in different variations

Reins & LeadsHorse With Reins

 Reins are the ropes so to speak that fasten to the bridle and connect it to your hands. They serve as the metaphorical steering wheel during your ride.

 Leads are usually a single rope used to lead your horse where you need it to go whenever you are not riding. They are often used when you have a child or an inexperienced rider on the horse.

 There are a few different variations of reins and leads. Reins are pretty much either double (a single strand on each side of your horse’s head, not connected) and closed (one single line connected from one side to the other). I prefer to buy double and then tie it together if I want to use it as a closed rein. Leads generally come in a few different types of rope, many colors, and different styles of clips. A few of the rope styles are:

  • Hand Braided/Braided
  • Chain
  • Leather

Again, all come in different styles, combinations, and variations


 Decorative items are an option for anyone who wants to express their personalities with their horses or add a dash of color, and/or style to their horse riding equipment. Some people enter parades, or shows, and go all out with their horse costumes.Horse In Parade

 There are all kinds of options to choose from, and definitely way too many for me to even come close to naming them all, but I will try to scratch the surface. Of course with everything they come in all different shapes, sizes, and colors, and they are all wonderful. You just choose what’s best for your personality, and style, and run with it. Some of the different types are:Braided Horse

  • Beads
  • Paints
  • Sashes
  • Feathers
  • Hair Styles
  • Sequins
  • JewelsBridle Decorations

Seems Like A Lot Doesn’t It

 Choosing the right horse riding equipment can be a fun, and exciting experience. Yea, I know that there seems to be so many types of horse gear that it may be difficult to decide which style is best suited for you, and your horse, but its something you can do very easily. With all the different styles, colors, materials, etc. It won’t be long before you, and your horse are riding off into the sunset in your new duds. If you have any questions do not hesitate to ask. Thank y’all, and take care!Horse In My Hair

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  I did not add a section on Stirrups, Girths, Leg Wraps, Horseshoeing Supplies, Blankets, and more.  You can find them all by clicking the links in the words. Also, look for my new post!