saddle, girth, bit and bridle fit
him properly,” says McAllister.
You’ll also want to make sure
the saddle fits you properly. Your
horse will spend hours wearing
the saddle and you’ll spend hours
sitting in it, so it’s wise to buy a
good-quality, comfortable saddle
that fits you both.
Pay close attention to the
fit and comfort of the girth,
ensuring that it doesn’t pinch
or chafe your horse. Check your
tack and your horse regularly
during your ride to make sure
that nothing is rubbing or
causing abrasions. Clean and
condition your leather tack
before you go so it’ll be soft,
supple and comfortable. Pay
extra attention to your stirrup
leathers and fittings, making
sure they’re easily adjustable.
Sometimes just moving your
stirrups up or down a hole can
make your legs and seat more
comfortable during a long ride.
Quality saddle pad.
“Although even the best
saddle pad can’t make up for an
improperly fitting saddle, a good
saddle pad provides protection
and comfort for your horse’s
back,” says McAllister.
A well-designed saddle pad
helps distribute the rider’s
weight more evenly and protects
pressure points on your horse’s
back. It also helps disperse heat
and wicks moisture to keep your
horse’s back as dry, cool, and as
comfortable as possible.
Extra cush for your tush.
“You might want to invest in a
good seat cover,” says McAllister.
After a few hours of riding, even
the most comfortable saddle can
feel as hard as concrete. For long
rides, McAllister says a seat cover
made of gel or sheepskin is worth
its weight in gold.
“You look great in those
jeans and boots, and they’re
comfortable enough for everyday
activities, but how do they feel
after a three-hour ride?” says
Jeans with thick pockets and
raised seams can rub your legs
and seat raw after a few minutes
in the saddle, and they can be
torture after a few hours. Opt
for comfortable, stretchy riding
pants with flat seams and pockets
(or no pockets at all).
Also, footwear matters, even in
the stirrups. Wear comfortable,
weather-appropriate riding boots
with a low heel that will keep
your foot properly positioned in
the stirrup. Half-chaps are great
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