Spring has sprung, and new tack and apparel lines have hit the tack stores. It's time to get a handle on what's out there and go use it! To help, we've collected the latest and greatest for riders—helmets, breeches, tall boots and safety vests—and horses—saddles, therapeutic saddle pads and clippers and trimmers. Our descriptions will help you decide the options that work best for your needs, style and budget. Most of these products are new or not widely known, and a few are old favorites with a significant upgrade in design or materials. Happy reading, happy shopping and, most of all, happy riding!
Read on for more articles on buying, fitting and care:
How Do I Care for Tall Boots?
Prolong the life of your tall English riding boots with tips from an expert saddler.
Field Boot Lacing 101
Learn how to thread the laces in your field boots.
Care for Your Show Breeches
Keep your expensive show breeches looking good with these laundering tips.
How Do I Get Yellow Stains Out of My White Breeches?
A textile expert answers a question on how to remove yellowing from white show breeches.
Find a Safety Helmet That Fits!
There are dozens of safety helmets on the market to choose from. We'll help you wade through the different shapes, sizes and special features to find the best one for you.
Freshen a Stinky Safety Helmet
Does your riding helmet smell like sweat socks? Here are several anti-stink remedies.
Fit a Cross-Country Safety Vest
Properly adjusting your body protector will help ensure your safety during schooling and on course.
How Saddle Design Affects Your Riding Form
Eventing Olympian and top coach Jim Wofford explains how saddle design can help—or hinder—your riding form, whatever the discipline.
Make Sure Your Jumping Saddle Fits You, Too
Use this simple test to find out whether your jumping saddle is working with you—or against you.
Check for Back Pain and Saddle Fit
Tips on checking your horse's back and saddle fit with holistic veterinarian and saddle-fitting expert Dr. Joyce Harman.
A Two-Step System for Everyday Tack Care
Protect your investment—and your and your horse's safety—with this award-winning saddler's no-nonsense system for cleaning your tack.
Clippers & Trimmers
Stress-Free Horse Clipping Tips
Follow these tips, and you will be on your way to clipping your horse safely, successfully and line-free.
Tips On Clipping Parts of the Horse
Grooming expert Gretchen Canova Gabor offers advice on how to clip various areas of your horse.
Trimming Your Horse's Bridlepath
Make your horse look like a million with this clipper touchup to his bridlepath and 10 safe clipping tips.