Monday, May. 27, 2024

The Clothes Horse, Riding Out Edition

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There’s nothing better than a long summer hack, and with the right gear you can explore your local trails or fields from sunrise until sundown—footloose and bug free. 

Piper SmartCore Long Sleeve Crew Neck Sun Shirt

It sounds contradictory, but it’s true: Sometimes you have to layer up to cool down, and donning a long-sleeved shirt during the summer is a perfect example of that. Protect your skin and keep your temperature down with the cooling SmartCore fabric, which helps keep you shaded and dry. The fabric has UPF 50 protection and four-way stretch for freedom of movement. Available in sizes from XS-XXL and in numerous colors, including navy (pictured); $41.95. SmartPakEquine.com

EcoGold Breeze Saddle Pad

Staying cool? Check. (Thanks to the Breeze Saddle Pad’s ventilated fabric, which speeds evaporation.) Looking good? Check. (Thanks to this saddle pad’s sporty look with its customizable trim.) Available in white, black and navy, with seven different trim options. Sold in cross-country, jumper and dressage shapes, all with XL versions available as well; $180. There’s also a Breeze half-pad you can add for extra protection; $225 alone or $370 when purchased together. EcoGold.ca.

Veredus E-Vento XC Event Boots

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Whether you’re competing at an upper-level event or just riding out this summer, breathability for your horse’s legs is of utmost importance. The E-Vento XC Event Boots were designed with that feature top of mind, and their AEROX micro- perforated neoprene and 3D ducted mesh lets heat and moisture escape. The Italian-made boots are still highly protective thanks to their EVA foam strike plates, Polyflex-PU flex shells and Shock Absorber System protective polyurethane foam pads, which help reduce impact shock. Sold as a pair; front boots are $225, and hind boots are $245. Visit VeredusUSA.com for a list of online retailers. 

TuffRider Carbon Fiber Shell Helmet

Not only is the Carbon Fiber Shell Helmet made for staying cool—with plenty of ventilation slots plus a wicking Coolmax liner—but this helmet recently earned second place in the 2023 Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings (one of only two helmets to earn a full five stars, besting many higher-priced options). Available from numerous online retailers, including SmartPak.com, StatelineTack.com and DoverSaddlery.com; $82.95. 

EquiFit Ear Bonnet 

There’s little that’s more annoying than your horse getting besieged by bugs when you’re trying to enjoy a relaxing ride outside the ring. Some bonnets can make them hotter, but the EquiFit version was designed with that issue in mind, and it features a breathable spandex mesh and a contoured shape that ensures it’ll stay put even after a gallop and a head shake or two. Available in four trim colors and four sizes; $103. EquiFit.net

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