Riding apparel can be a necessity, or, when associated with motorcycles, a fashion statement. Riding apparel and equipment developed for equestrian use and has continued to change for riding motorcycles. Some riding equipment, such as saddles and tacking supplies, are used with horses, while others, like leather jackets, are more commonly associated with motorcycles. Several popular terms associated with riding equipment are listed below.
Saddle – A type of horse tack that allows a rider to sit and control a horse. They have to be large enough to fit the horse and secure enough to support the rider. Saddles come in different styles, such as the Western style with its large pommel, and the English style which is often used in equestrian competitions.
Riding Breeches – A tight, form-fitting pair of pants that are usually worn in formal show competitions. The breeches do not have loose ends that could get caught or pinched in the saddle and are actually a form of fashionable safety gear. Some motorcycle enthusiasts will also wear leather breeches, as leather is a very durable material that will stand up against the elements.
Chaps – Heavy strips of leather that attaches to a belt and hang down over the legs. Chaps were once worn by cowboys to help protect their legs when riding and training horses. Today they are often seen with motorcycle riders. They provide the same essential function that they did for cowboys, and help riders protect their legs.
Riding Helmet – Used for equestrian and motorcycle hobbies, a helmet is essential to protecting the head. An equestrian helmet usually just protects the top of the head, while a motorcycle helmet usually will cover the entire head and face.
Equestrian riding apparel and equipment are used by horseback riders to stay safe, control their horses, and look good on the field. Motorcycle clothing is also used to offer protection and style. Although some stores sell a wide variety of gear, including boots, helmets, jackets, and spurs. Other apparel providers focus on specific types of products. This means that you might have to search for stores in your area and online that sell the types of equestrian and motorcycle accessories that you want to purchase.
Some stores only stock apparel for riders. They might have a variety of boots, helmets, gloves, chaps, and vests. These stores generally don’t carry items other than apparel. Even within this small branch of retailers, some of them focus on specific types of clothing. One will have leather jackets for motorcycle enthusiasts, while another sells breeches and jodhpurs.
Most of the stores that sell riding equipment also carry clothing. Again, some of them choose to strictly focus on items such as harnesses, English saddles, cross country saddles, and spurs. Although these riding stores do not always have the types of items that you would wear, they do, however, have the types of equipment that you will want your horse to wear while you ride it.
Many retailers have websites that list the types of clothing and equipment that they sell. You can search for stores in your area or find online retailers that will ship items to your location. This gives you a wider variety of suppliers to use so that you can find the best products at the lowest prices.