Horse Riding Safety EquipmentSafety equipment for equestrian sports
Equestrian centres and associations require a safety helmet in order to be able to protect your mind in the case of a fall or impact. Your chosen harness should be formally certified and comply with EU safety equipment legislation, in particular the EN1384 riding harness regulation.
It should also be replaced if you experience a crash, even if the hat seems undamaged and there are no symptoms of bumps or tears. It is not an obligatory safety equipment, but its use has become more and more common, especially for young riders who are just beginning to use it.
However, even the most seasoned drivers start using them all the while. This is not surprising, as a riding coat can help prevent the horseman from being hit very hard on the backbone and rips in the case of a crash. Along with the safety hat, it is a fundamental safety equipment for riding a horse, although it is not absolutely necessary.
But no old coat is enough: Your riding coat should also be formally certified and comply with EU rules, in this case Regulation EN13158. Riding pants or riding pants are indispensable equipment if you want to drive in comfort without having to suffer from irritation due to rubbing. Horse riding is not a passivity, but an exercise, and not long after you have started riding you will realise that you need to wear leg wear that does not affect your riding.
Riding pants or riding trousers are specially conceived for this purpose: they are narrow and flexible, but do not press together, and they inhibit the development of creases in the trousers material in order to reduce the risk of scratching. They are also strengthened on the inside of the knee - the part that comes into touch with the horse - to keep this sensitive area from rubbing against the nut.
On the one side, they prevent your legs from rubbing against the horse's calf by preventing it from coming into close proximity with the horse's back or thigh. Therefore your riding boot must be high, i.e. it should touch your knee. The most important thing is to prevent the feet from getting entangled in the stapes in the event one falls: can you think of the kind of injury to your heads, throats or backs that you could sustain if you fell off the horse, but your feet would get stuck in the stapes and the horse would continue to run and pull you in that notch?
Because of all these factors, riding shoes are without a doubt a fundamental safety equipment for equestrian sports, although they do not seem to be absolutely necessary. Although not obligatory, we suggest that you get some riding mitts if you plan to go riding frequently. Glove protects your hand from scratches and callouses caused by your contacts with your friends and protects your hand from the coldness when travelling in wintry conditions.
You need to develop your glove specifically for equestrian sports, not unlike your legwear: it must be quite narrow but also flexible and comfy, fit well but not compress. This is the essential safety equipment for safe and convenient riding.