Springtime in the saddle - 5 essentials

It’s that time of year when equestrians up and down the land are finalising their plans for the coming competition season. As a result, we at The Finer Horse thought it was the perfect time to bring you some of our top finds, with products for both you and your horse. We think you’ll love these now and in the season to come.

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Pravins Sellier - Stirrup leathers

How many times have you wasted precious seconds in the ring trying to get back a lost stirrup as the leather twists and turns beneath you? Let that be a thing of the past with these beautiful stirrup leathers by French saddlers Pravins, stocked in the UK by Glaze & Gordon. Suitable for a variety of disciplines from dressage to polo and with a wider profile than the traditional stirrup leather, these pre-stretched leathers are specially designed to improve both rider comfort and lower leg stability, enabling a closer and more consistent contact with the horse.

Sommer Grooming brushes

Give both you and your horse a daily treat with these gorgeous grooming brushes from German saddle-maker Sommer, again stocked in the UK by Glaze & Gordon. Combining quality, beauty and practicality, these brushes have been ergonomically designed to fit the groomer’s hand as well as being more comfortable for the horse. They will enable both you and your horse to enjoy and bond over the grooming process – essential for the busy competition season coming up!

Ariat Springfield rubber yard boots

We couldn’t bring you a piece on equestrian essentials without including a pair of yard boots, and we think these Springfield boots by Ariat are a great option. With a neoprene upper to keep you both warm and dry whatever the conditions, as well as a durable, cushioned sole, we like the multi-seasonal versatility of these boots. The mid-calf length is also well thought out, allowing the boot to be worn even as the temperature starts to rise (we hope!)

Holland Cooper Les Arcs padded jacket

We all know that the British weather can be pretty ‘varied’ and for those of us who live the outdoor lifestyle, versatile yet stylish clothing that layers well is something of a holy grail find - if we can find it. The Les Arcs padded jacket by Holland Cooper is super lightweight and ideal for layering with everything from Barbours to competition jackets as the season begins. In later months, this lovely jacket will then come into its own as the perfect piece to put over a competition shirt or just over a tshirt at the yard – now that really is versatile!

PC Racewear waterproof breeches

Who hasn’t wished for a pair of warm and comfortable water-resistant breeches when they’re caught in a downpour? It looks like the clever people at PC Racewear were listening, as they’ve created something really special with these unisex water-resistant breeches. Tested in the harshest of weather conditions out on the hunting field, these breeches have proved they can stand up to anything the British weather can throw at them. Unlike the more traditional overtrousers or waterproof chaps, these allow for much greater freedom of movement and don’t make that ‘rustle’ that some horses dislike so much. With a full seat and higher, comfortably padded waistband, not only can you be sure of a secure seat but with no chance of draughts or stray raindrops catching you unawares. With Glaze & Gordon being the only UK supplier of these breeches, get yours before they’re all gone – we don’t think you’ll regret it!

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