Gifts for those who love horse riding

December 23, 2012 by awin321  
Published in Shopping

Gifts for those who love horse riding.

There are two groups of people in this world: those who ride horses and everybody else. It is hard to explain the affinity which a rider feels with their horse and the world of horse riding altogether, but ask anyone that rides or competes on a regular basis and they will tell you that their love for the sport and their animal runs thicker than blood.

To a regular rider, pulling on a helmet and mounting the saddle is a form of entertainment, relaxation, challenges, thrills, and therapy all at once. To a rider there is nothing more natural than the sport of horseback riding, and if they ride regularly it  most likely they cannot get enough of it. With this in mind, there are a few things that you may want to check out if you are thinking about buying a gift for the horse rider in your life.

Most likely they already have the basics such as a helmet, saddle, stirrups, etc, but if they have been riding for quite some time then there is a good chance that they need to replace at least one of these items. You have two choices at this point, you can ask them what they would like to have replaced or, if you are a parent of a rider or spouse, you might wander down to the barn and take a look for yourself.

A great place to start is by looking at the bridles, reins, stirrups, martingales, girths, and breastplates. This is because all of these items are usually made out of strong leather or a synthetic leather substitute. Thus, you should be able to tell if they are worn out fairly quickly by looking for signs of wear and tear. Any splitting on the items or any tears should be a clear indication that the piece might need to be replaced.

Of course, every rider has his or her preferences so you need to take careful note of the piece that you are thinking about replacing to make sure that you get the right type of girdle or bridle. Horses can be just as finicky as their owners about what sports equipment is used on them so it is actually very important that you choose a piece of equipment that is similar or the same as what was previously used.

If the horse is ridden competitively and in shows then there are other things to keep in mind such as riding regulations and club rules. For some shows certain sports equipment may be a requirement and you may not have such a wide realm of choices.

For instance, in the English show ring you would want to have an English saddle with all of the customary gear. Any experienced horse trainer or rider would know that, but you may not as an occasional gift buyer. Therefore, it is a good idea to review the sport and talk to the rider before making any final purchases to make sure everything is just right.

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