HORSES

What to Pack for a Riding Holiday

We live in an era where travelling to civilised or even not so civilised parts of the world is relatively easy. This ease of travel has seen an increase in worldwide riding holidays from those wishing to experience the joy of beach riding, sedate or perhaps not so sedate trail riding or for those with an inner cowboy/cowgirl wanting to experience the thrill of ranching. But, how do you pack for the riding holiday of your dreams? After all, no one wants to lug around a huge suitcase crammed full of riding gear!

As the holiday suggests, you will probably be logging many hours in the saddle and no one wants their holiday ruined by those cursed saddle sores or chafed areas! So, in order to avoid the misery of a sore rear, comfortable padded underwear is essential. For over 20 years Equetech have been producing specialist equestrian underwear providing optimum comfort in the saddle for both sexes, from padded classic style briefs for women to padded boxers for men.

To avoid chafing of the legs, riding tights are a must, not only are they light weight but when folded take up minimum space. These truly versatile jodhpurs are sporty in style so can double up as leggings. The Equetech Freedom jodhpurs are made from sporty microfiber with 4-way stretch, are breathable and quick drying making them a perfect garment for any riding holiday.

Good socks are also essential for your riding holiday of a lifetime. The Equetech bamboo riding socks feature a cushioned towelling sole and strong hand sewn toe link, but why choose bamboo socks over any other sock? Bamboo has a natural anti-bacterial function, the composition of the fibres means that bamboo is 2-3 degrees cooler in warm weather and also very warm in cold weather; it doesn't stick to the skin so is less likely to cause chafing, it's 3-4 times more absorbent than cotton and is less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions than other materials, ideal for happy feet.

The unpredictability of the weather or if your riding holiday is in a country with colder climes then it is essential to pack waterproof over trousers. Equetech's Extreme Over-Rider Trousers allow you to stay warm and dry even in the wettest weather and are perfect for protecting your clothes, no one wants to be cold, wet and miserable whilst on holiday!

A light weight jacket is also essential for riding holidays in the UK and countries with temperate climes. Equetech's Quest Micro Jacket is an ultra-lightweight sports jacket with micro-down™ insulation, enabling you to pack it into the smallest space!

A good pair of gloves is also on the essentials list, blistered fingers from rein rubs can be quite debilitating so avoid the misery of sore hands with a pair of comfortable stretch gloves.

With your riding holiday wardrobe sorted, all that remains is for you to have a wonderful time- enjoy!