Prepurchase Exam

Half Pads Tested

1. Invictus Necesse Pad Our tester was a big fan of this Invictus half pad—the thin, flexible, and lightweight design protected her horse’s back without adding bulk! She also loved how supportive the pad was while still allowing her to feel her horse. The half pad’s synthetic suede material prevented slippage, keeping her saddle in place for the length of…

Winter Riding Wear

1. Roeckl Roeck-Grip Winter Gloves These gloves are the perfect middle ground for those who want to keep their hands warm without sacrificing feel! Made with Roeckl’s classic Roeck-Grip material that keeps your reins from slipping through your fingers, these winter gloves are also lined with an ultra soft fleece to prevent your phalanges from freezing. Our tester was not…

Footwear for the Farm

1.Ovation Moorland Boot Having the perfect fit while still being versatile and stylish is hard to come by in boots, but our tester found that Ovation’s Moorland Boot meets all of these needs. They are perfect for barn chores to riding, with waterproof material and Dry-Tex lining to keep you comfortable and dry. The suede-like grippy material had our rider…

Mind Your Melon

Troxel ES While Troxel has many helmet styles to choose from, the ES is a modern choice due to its attractive and show-appropriate micro-suede material. With vents subtly placed under a mesh centerline, our tester had airflow consistent from visor to base. The ES is also lined with a comfortable padding and enough space in the back to support a…

Four Bug Busters

  1. Equifit Ear Bonnet Our tester’s ear-sensitive horse seemed to love this bonnet from Equifit! While her horse often gets distracted by the fabric of most bonnets on his ears, the fine, lightweight, and stretchy spandex mesh that makes up the ears kept our tester’s horse happy and focused throughout her ride. The mesh head cap portion is breathable…

Eco-Friendly Products

1. EcoLicious Equestrian De-Stress Skip the silicon in most detanglers—you want your horse’s tail to be healthy, not covered in a coat of “super silky” plastic. Our tester (whose tactic for a full tail is to not brush it) was impressed with how easily her horse’s tail went from tangled to tame after using De-Stress. The product cut her detangling…