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Basic equipment for riders

People usually start riding as children. But even if you decide to start riding as a teenager or adult, sooner or later you will need basic riding equipment.

To make your selection easier, you will find the most important features on this page.

Indispensable in horse riding


Riding helmets save lives. Therefore, the first thing you should buy is a good riding helmet that complies with the EU standard. The riding helmets we offer all comply with this standard and are approved for equestrian sports.

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For beginners

Cheap riding helmets

Decent riding helmets are available for under 150 €. QHP, Imperial Riding, BR or Busse offer affordable riding helmets in good quality.

You don’t have to do without an attractive look. Especially QHP and Imperial Riding offer a wide selection of stylish riding helmets for an affordable price.

42 %
Casco Passion riding helmet in black titanium

€ 58,17 * € 100,00 *
42 %
Casco Passion riding helmet in black titanium

€ 58,17 * € 100,00 *
31 %
USG Riding helmet Comfort Rose in black

€ 72,90 * € 104,95 *
31 %
USG Riding helmet Comfort Rose in black

€ 72,90 * € 104,95 *
43 %
Casco Mistrall 1 riding helmet in black

€ 82,51 * € 145,00 *
43 %
Casco Mistrall 1 riding helmet in black

€ 82,51 * € 145,00 *
10 %
Busse Riding helmet Colmar in navy/silver

€ 84,49 * € 94,00 *

Riding helmets with glitter and better ventilation

Higher prices are caused by:

  • high-quality rhinestones, such as Swarovski®
  • Materials such as chrome or carbon
  • greater comfort
  • better ventilation
  • Customization options

Samshield Riding helmet frontal on black background
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More grip in the saddle


Riding breeches are a basic piece of equipment for riders because they give them a little more support in the saddle. There are full-seat breeches, breeches with knee patches or even breeches with silicone grip patches.

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Types of breeches


  • Leather or synthetic leather: some support, protects the saddle from friction
  • Silicone grip: medium to strong hold, very airy and comfortable

Full or knee patches:

  • Full grip / full seat: for dressage to provide consistently good grip
  • Knee grip / knee patch: for jumping / VS, as a lot of riding is done in a light seat

Very comfortable and airy

riding Leggings


  • thin, airy material, similar to yoga pants
  • Grip only
  • Mobile phone pocket on the leg or in the waistband
  • high, firm waistband made of stretch material


  • thin fabric shows every dent and seam
  • Solution: Riding leggings with compression fabric
  • not as tear-resistant as cotton fabric
  • often no belt loops or front pockets

Classic riding breeches

The classic riding pants are made of a cotton blend or polyester. They are a little thicker than riding leggings, but also offer more shape stability. In addition, classic riding pants usually have belt loops, buttons and zippers, as well as front pockets.

There are also the so-called Jodhpur riding pants. These are cut wider and have an elastic band at the end of the leg that runs under the foot.

Suitable footwear

Riding boots, chaps & ankle boots

Appropriate footwear is particularly important when dealing with horses. If a horse steps on your foot, it can lead to unpleasant injuries and even broken bones. Therefore, you should only enter the stable with sturdy shoes. Sneakers do not provide adequate protection.

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Riding boots or chaps?

Ankle boots and chaps

  • Purchase often cheaper
  • variable application
  • Only wear chaps when riding
  • Thanks to ankle boots, you still have sturdy footwear
  • If something breaks or becomes too small, only one of the two has to be replaced = more cost-effective

riding boots

  • high quality look
  • required in higher tournament tests
  • "Feeling" of being an advanced rider
  • more stability in the leg

Elegant protection

riding boots

Many riders also prefer riding boots because they fit more firmly on the leg than chaps.

Sometimes riding boots are chosen purely for aesthetic reasons. Riding boots simply look better than a combination. Especially for children and young people, the first pair of riding boots shows: "I'm serious about riding and I can do something!"

Protection against chafing

Riding Gloves

Riding gloves help you hold the reins more tightly and protect the delicate skin on the inside.

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But you can also do without riding gloves. If you have already learned the correct grip, you do not necessarily need riding gloves. There are some riders who don't like the feel of gloves and therefore ride without them.

For beginners: inexpensive riding gloves made of cotton with a silicone nub coating.

Most popular: Riding gloves made of synthetic leather or leather offer greater durability and a nicer appearance.

For the summer: Combination of synthetic leather with Meshmissions such as the Roeckl Roeck Grip Light.

For the winter: lined riding gloves with warming fleece.

Samshield Riding Gloves V-Skin Hunter

€ 29,90 *
Samshield Riding Gloves V-Skin

€ 39,90 *
Samshield Riding Gloves V-Skin

€ 39,90 *
Samshield Riding Gloves V-Skin Hunter

€ 29,90 *

Protection in an emergency

safety Vests

The protective vest, also known as a safety vest or back protector, should be part of every rider's basic equipment in order to protect ribs and internal organs in an emergency.

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Safety vests and protectors protect the spine up to the neck in the worst-case scenario. There are three different levels of protection.

Level 1 west: Specialized vests with low protection. Professional jockeys often wear these lightweight vests to protect their backs.

Level 2 protective vests: offer medium protection for equestrian sports with moderate risk. Good compromise between comfort and protection. Protect the back and coccyx and are suitable for riders with somewhat boisterous or nervous horses, as well as for the first small jumps.

Level 3 safety vests: offer the highest level of protection for show jumpers and cross-country riders. Protect the entire upper body from impact damage and blows from, for example, hoof kicks. Are compulsory in cross-country competitions.

Body armor is definitely a good idea if you're taking jumping lessons or riding cross-country for the first time. Level 1 body armor can also protect you from serious injuries if necessary. Anything extra you wear for protection can help prevent serious injuries.