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Riding Gloves

Riding gloves provide grip on the reins, while protecting the rider's hands from abrasion. Schooling gloves are versatile gloves that may be used for most disciplines. Schooling gloves are available in ultra-lightweight, breathable styles for Summer and warm, insulated styles for weather. Schooling gloves are usually made of fabric or mesh and are available in a variety of colors and designs. Show gloves are often made of leather, most English disciplines use black gloves for showing, but dressage riders favor white gloves. Riding gloves feature additional support on the inside of the thumb and forefinger and between the ring and pinky for durability. Horze Equestrian brings affordable European style to all riders, while B Vertigo offers premier styling and designs for the discerning rider.

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Riding Gloves

Gloves are a traditional requirement in English horseback riding for reasons of comfort and style. With ultimate control of the horse being dependent upon the connection down leather or webbing reins from the rider’s fist to the bit in the horse’s mouth, hands need protection from rubs and abrasions, particularly when a horse gets strong while galloping and jumping. Added grip on the palm and fingers of riding gloves facilitates keeping a steady hold on slippery reins in wet conditions or when a horse gets sweaty from athletic exertion. For cosmetic reasons gloves are also an asset in protecting fingernails and cuticles from catching in the horse’s mane and getting broken and damaged. While riding is an absolute passion for those who practice the sport, wearing a pair of quality gloves for every ride is a small price to pay for presenting well-manicured hands to the outside world! For winter riding, gloves are essential for insulation against the cold, especially as extremities like fingers can quickly succumb to freezing temperatures when held forwards and away from the body’s core heat.

Gloves for schooling sessions come in a variety of materials and a wide choice of colors which makes keeping track of a favorite pair in a busy barn environment much easier. For most recognized equestrian competitions gloves are not required at the lower levels although many riders choose to wear them for comfort, however at the higher levels they do become obligatory and color rules apply. Dressage riders are obliged to wear gloves from 4th Level upwards and the discipline favors leather gloves in white or a single dark color. Eventing riders follow the same dress code for the dressage phase for Intermediate Level and above. Gloves for dressage need to be fine and flexible so that riders can intimate subtle messages to their highly-trained horses down the reins. Stadium jumpers have more freedom in their dress code and can opt for gloves in a range of sporty colors, but the one thing they all depend on is a reliable grip on the reins to help them maneuver their mounts round tight, twisty courses, often in hot weather conditions. In the equitation and hunter rings where a perfectly turned out horse and rider combination helps to catch the judge’s eye, elegant leather gloves in a neutral color are favored for a show-ring perfect look.

Horze, B Vertigo and Back on Track have a wealth of glove options for winter and summer, all designed specifically with the needs of horseback riders in mind. For the former season, three-finger gloves or mittens are an inspired solution for maintaining maximum heat in the fingers while still permitting enough manual dexterity for riders to school their horses safely and effectively. With the three middle fingers couched together for warmth, the thumb and pinky are left free for a secure grip on the reins. Whether quilted, padded or leather these innovative gloves from Horze are a boon for cold weather riding. More traditional glove options have two-way stretch material and are closely-fitted at the wrists to seal in the warmth, while lightweight down gloves are a delight to wear thanks to the efficacy of the natural insulation. B Vertigo offers top-of-the-range thermal riding gloves with silicone gel on the palm and fingers for an effective grip and a soft, knitted wrist for comfort and weather-proofing. Great for schooling and winter horse shows! For riders who really suffer in cold conditions, thermal gloves from Back on Track which feature their unique heat-inducing fabric for improved circulation and relief from nagging aches and pains are the optimum solution for pleasurable winter riding.

Summertime gloves need to be lightweight and breathable, with excellent grip to ensure a secure hold on wet or greasy reins thanks to a sudden downpour or a sweaty horse. Gloves in stretchy fabric are great for schooling and the selection of natural colors such as gray or brown mean they are ideal for the show-ring too. Also available in show-ring compatible shades, stylishly designed gloves crafted from polyurethane leather with a mesh back for cooling air flow are another good choice for adults and kids. For discerning competitors, whether amateur or professional, quality leather gloves in black, brown or white are the go-to option for showing, eventing and dressage and the sophisticated crystal design on the wrist closure adds a real touch of glamour! Leather gloves with a classic crocheted back never go out of fashion and are perfect for summer and fall fox-hunts.

Modern riders are often multi-tasking and touch screen gloves made from a light and breathable polyester blend fabric and available in stylish two-tone colors, mean horses can be schooled and phones answered without interruption thanks to special phone-friendly fingertips. No need to drop the reins to remove gloves and then find somewhere to put them! The same technology is also available in versatile and affordable magic gloves which stretch to fit any size of hand.

Whether for schooling or competition, practical and stylish gloves suitable for all English riding disciplines are available in an array of designs and price points from Horze, B Vertigo and Back on Track.