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Horse riding can be an expensive hobby and if you find that most of your money goes on caring for your horse, there’s not much left to make sure you have everything you need to ride comfortably and safely. The good news is that there are many ways you can kit yourself out with the right equestrian gear – you just need to know where to find it.
Take a look at this guide to finding affordable equestrian gear.
Start with the basics
You only need some basic items to get you started with horse riding. While some appropriate clothing is recommended, it’s important that you put safety first. Prioritise buying items for safe horse riding such as a helmet and boots before you look at specialist equestrian clothing.
Check local listings
Horse riding is an activity enjoyed by many, and it’s because of this that it can be easy to find a bargain on some second-hand horse riding items that have either been barely or lightly used. Check out places like Gumtree to see what you can find, as well as specialist groups on Facebook in your local area. Meanwhile, eBay and Amazon can also be good places to grab bargains on some preloved equestrian wear – just make sure you’re buying from a reputable seller.
Shopping online for equestrian supplies is fantastic when you know what you’re looking for, and offers many ways of finding a good bargain. Start off by searching the sales – you never know what you might find at a heavily discounted price. Many websites also offer discounts with newsletter signups, so it’s worth looking out for those if you’ve got an eye on some Ariat boots or other must-have items. Newsletter signups are also a good way of finding out special deals and offers, so they’re worth signing up for to help you afford equestrian goods when you need them.
Figure out what’s worth splurging on
It’s easy to get carried away buying this and that for you and your horse, but often some of the things you buy could be unnecessary, or cost a lot of money. By doing your research, you can find out which things are worth spending more money on, and where you should look to find bargains. Reading blogs that answer whether you need half pads or boots can help you make more informed decisions from people who’ve been there before. Careful consideration can stop you from wasting your money and concentrate on what’s important instead.
While horse riding is known for being an expensive hobby, it doesn’t have to be. By looking for some money-saving tips and finding areas where you can do things more affordably, it’s possible to keep the costs of horse riding down. Remember that yours and your horse’s health and safety is what comes first, so always put function over fashion and price to help you enjoy riding safely and comfortably.