Prepurchase Exam

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…

Equestrian Undergarments

March PrePurchase Exam

1. Women’s AIP Sport Underwear by Pony Tail Sportswear Sore seat bones? The Pony Tail Sportswear underwear is for deep-seated equestrians (we are looking at you, dressage, eventing, and western riders) who need a little cushion. As any avid rider knows, yesterday’s stunning ride can leave your seat bones feeling like you have to stand for the next few days….

Accessorize Your Ride

February PrePurchase Exam

1. Ploughman’s Saddlery EZ Spur Straps These spur straps were perfect for our too-lazy-to-take-her-spurs-off tester who would do just that and end up with stretched out straps. The EZ Spur Straps have Velcro that makes it so you can simply unhook and slide your spur off without having to undo any buckles. Our tester was worried the Velcro might not be strong enough, but the straps stayed…

Stay Cozy in Winter Breeches

January PrePurchase Exam

1. Riding Sport Dakota Thermo Riding Pant Whether you are in the saddle or just around the barn, the Riding Sport Dakota Thermo Riding Pant is sure to keep you warm on the bottom—without making you feel like a marshmallow! While they are slightly bulkier than traditional breeches, these snow pant-breech hybrids keep warmth a priority with a waterproof fabric that keeps water (and snow) out and a full…