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Felt Cowboy Hats: When Should You Wear Them? 2022 Top Picks

My grandfather was a man who never walked outside without wearing his cowboy hat. He wore two types, straw and felt; looking back on those days; I often wonder how he chose which one to wear. Of course, there were rules for this sort of thing – and I wonder if they are still followed …

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Should You Oil Your Saddle? The 4 Best Oils and Conditioners

My neighbor walked into my barn carrying a saddle and said, “My daughter’s saddle is in desperate need of care. Can you help me?” I offered him some advice about maintaining it to last longer and discussed using oil on saddles. Leather saddles lose moisture over time. This is what causes them to crack and …

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What Is the Difference Between a Jumping Saddle and a Dressage Saddle?

When it comes to saddles, form and function are intertwined. Different saddles are designed to help equestrians meet the goals of various disciplines. But what about English saddles? They all look alike. Is there a difference between Jumping and dressage saddles? A jumping saddle is designed with a shallow seat, short stirrups, and forward-pointing flaps …

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7 Best Paddock Boots of 2022: Plus a Buyers Guide

While watching dressage training, my grandson asked me about the riders’ short paddock boots. He’s used to seeing equestrians in long English or cowboy boots and wanted to know why paddock boots were so popular at training facilities. Paddock boots are the perfect footwear for horse riders. They have sturdy toes that protect you from …

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Can You Wear Chelsea Boots with Jeans? 7 Best for 2022

Chelsea boots have become a go-to style for many people looking to add some edge while staying stylish and comfortable. An equestrian friend purchased a pair but isn’t sure they’re appropriate to wear with jeans, so we decided to check the latest trends. Chelsea boots are an excellent option to wear with your favorite jeans. …

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English Stirrups: A Complete Guide and 7 Best Picks of 2022

Stirrups are an essential piece of horse riding equipment and in an article last year, I wrote about the types and history of stirrups. However, this time around, I’m focusing exclusively on English stirrups. English stirrups are thinner and narrower than Western stirrups. They may be made of steel, aluminum, polymer, or nylon. They are …

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Two Riding Horseback: Safety, Saddles, & Who Rides in Front

When my grandson asked me if he and his sister could ride double on their horse, I wasn’t sure what to say. We did it when we were young, and I remember my dad scolding us, which makes me wonder what the risks and dangers of two riding horseback are? In general, you shouldn’t ride …

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Women’s Riding Tights and Leggings: 10 Best & Buying Guide

No one can deny the allure of riding tights and leggings. They are a wardrobe staple among equestrian women, who wear them for practicality and style points. The modern iteration is designed with unique fabrics perfect for those who want to look good and be comfortable in the saddle – which means you’ll never regret …

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Western Saddles – Most Comfortable and Best All-Round

Western saddles have been an integral part of the American West since their inception. The first western saddle was created for working cowboys but it evolved into something much more versatile – providing exceptional comfort and support that’s suitable for many equine activities. Western saddles come in many different styles, including roping, trail riding, and …

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