UV Protective Gear Tested
Blocking UV rays is what the UViator mask was made for and it does just that—it blocks up to 90% of them! Our tester popped this mask on a light-faced gelding for a few days and the owner was happy to report that he was sunburn-free. Kensington recommends checking the size chart online as it fits different than a traditional mask and we agree—our tester’s gelding, who can usually wear a cob or a horse size on the tightest setting, fit perfectly into the “average” size. If your horse burns more on the nose or is fussy about bugs, they also offer a version of the mask that includes a removable nose cover and mesh ears.
BUY IT: kensingtonproducts.com; $59.99
2. Roeckl Laila Gloves
Made with Roeckl’s Suntan Mesh that filters UV light to protect you from the sun while still allowing you to get a slight tan—unsightly glove tan, begone—these gloves were created for summer riding. Our tester loved how lightweight and airy these felt while on thanks to the mesh back and breathable Micro-Air textile on the palm. She was a big fan of their second skin feel that made her forget she even had gloves on! She did note that they run a bit smaller than her other gloves and they weren’t super durable, so a gentle hand when putting them on is key.
BUY IT: toklat.com; $44.95
3. Equi In Style Lace Mesh Cool Shirt
Long summer days at the barn are made easier (and cuter!) with this sun shirt from Equi In Style. Made of a cooling, UPF 50 IceFil fabric, this long sleeve top keeps you protected from harmful rays without causing you to overheat. Our tester was impressed by how airy this shirt was even though she was completely covered and loved that the breeze you get from riding made it even cooler. Even after a toasty ride, she was felt great and sunburn-free. To bring some style to your ride, instead of traditional mesh, this top features lace under the arms for optimum airflow and added breathability.
BUY IT: equiinstyle.com; $88
4. SmartPak Summer Sheet
A fly sheet-light sheet hybrid, this addition to SmartPak’s line-up was perfect for our tester’s bug hating, sun bleaching horse. The chest, back, and top of the neck of this sheet are similar to a super lightweight sheet, blocking UV rays, preventing sun bleaching in the summertime, and protecting against bugs. Mesh panels on the side help keep the sheet breathable, and its white color won’t absorb heat. Our tester did note that it may be a bit too warm on those really hot days, even on her body clipped horse, but that it worked well as a fly/UV protective sheet on most days.
BUY IT: smartpakequine.com; $55.95