Riding is viewed as a very traditional sport and it’s true that a lot of the kit and riding gear hasn’t changed all that much during the past century. But some of it has. Oh yes, it has. Just when you think you’ve seen it all…
1. Riding skirts
There’s something very Game Of Thrones about these hard-wearing riding skirts. Hand-made in the Arctic by a small local business, you can choose your skirt length and whether to go for wool or waterproof. Why would you want to wear a skirt to ride? Well, erm, why not? Whether your horse will admire your unique style — and the rustling material draped over his back — remains to be seen.
2. Pink saddle
Pink everything, actually. Bridle, stirrup leathers, the lot. If you dream of your horse looking like a giant ball of candy floss, this is the look for you.
3. Crystal-encrusted helmet
One way of standing out in a competition is by literally dazzling the judge, in this case with a bunch of Swarovski crystals on your head. Crystal Junction offers a bespoke service if you fancy getting your bling on.
4. Skull bridle charms
Are bridle charms a thing? Maybe horse jewellery is all the rage and we’re just really behind the times. These skull bridle charms are rather natty.
5. Sparkle glitter spur straps
If in doubt, bling it out. Or something like that, anyway. Yet another case of seeing something and wondering how it ever existed without being covered in glitter. Let’s cover everything with glitter. Yay, glitter.
6. Custom Western saddles
So many dangly bits! Whether they serve a purpose or just look pretty, every wannabe cowboy or girl will want one of these. Probably.
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7. Cowboy boots with pixie toes
The title says it all, really. Apparently cowboy boots with pixie toys are a thing in Mexico. We presume they don’t actually wear them to ride – but who knows!
8. Hoof boots
There is almost nothing to be said about these hoof boots (which were designed for the 2011 Cheltenham Festival). Just… why?