Horseback riding is among the most popular pastimes for anyone who loves competitive and leisure sports that will give him closer interaction with nature and horses. It is categorized into many forms of riding disciplines, and each riding discipline requires a specific set of apparel to make the rider look good, feel comfortable, and add a touch of flair and class whenever riding on a horse for competition or pleasure. Among the many gears used for riding, whether for English riding or Western riding, the horse riding boots can automatically make a distinction for the rider as each of the two riding style have differing physical properties.
For Western form of riding, aside from the Western horse riding boots that typically come either in plain brown colors or with added ornate embroidery. The classic style of the Western boot extends up to the midsection of the calf. Some riders wear the boots under or over the jeans. Most Western boots have pointed toes so it is important to note that when you buy a pair, choose a half or an inch larger than your actual foot size. Take also into consideration the heels of the boots that are generally seen among Western boots. Hats are worn instead of helmets with Western riding. As for pants, denim jeans are the long-established fad among Western riders. Cowboy shirts are suggested for Western riding, but long-sleeved polo shirts or cotton turtlenecks are best for rodeos. Gloves are not generally essential for Western riding especially when herding cattle. They are only needed when working around the barn.
In the English form of riding, the outfit is more conservative-looking. As for the English horse riding boots, a sufficient heel length is required, with uppers that can be as high as the ankle or the knee, and a good amount of polishing needed for the quality leathered boots. English riders wear fitted jackets, close-fitting breeches for casual riding, while the jodhpurs are best for horse shows and racing. Hunt caps are worn to protect the head. Crochet-back gloves are ideal for English casual riding while fitted leather gloves are commonly used for show riding.