Prepurchase Exam

Clippers Put to the Test

1. Wahl KM Cordless Clipper Say goodbye to searching for the closest outlet and annoying untangling; our tester was completely converted from corded to cordless with the Wahl KM Cordless Clipper! Two hours of cord-free run time gave these clippers plenty of life to last a full body clip of our tester’s horse’s winter coat, and they also have a…

Equestrian Backpacks Tested

1. Grand Prix Rider’s Backpack For carrying everything from your horse’s medical papers to your helmet to your crop, this bag is a staple—look around a horse show and you’re sure to see a few Grand Prix Rider’s Backpacks. Made with a sturdy nylon, it easily holds up to normal barn wear and tear, as do its durable zippers. Our…

Bits and Accessories Tested

1. Herm Sprenger Duo Bit Calling all super sensitive-mouthed horse owners, this one is for you! Made of a soft, bendable plastic, our tester found the Herm Sprenger Duo bits to be perfect for her fussy gelding. The straight but flexible mouthpiece means there is no risk of pinching. One side is slightly arced to allow more room for the…

Leather Care Essentials

1. Sterling Essentials Leather Cleaner and Leather Conditioner Our tester found that this tack cleaner and conditioner is perfect for your everyday cleaning jobs. With a fine mist that can be easily applied to a towel and then effectively to tack, the pH balanced spray helped clean off dirt and dust quickly—there is no extra rinsing or wiping needed—and easily….

Trail Riding Gear

  1. Cashel Quiet Ride Fly Mask For some horses, just a fly bonnet isn’t enough when riding. Enter, Cashel’s Quiet Ride Fly Mask. Made of a fine nylon mesh that is softer and more flexible than a traditional fly mask, this protective piece was made with your horse’s comfort in mind. The ears are made of a breathable micromesh…

Protective Gear

1. SmartPak Polo Wraps Coming in multiple colors, as a pack of four, and at a very wallet-friendly price, we think these polo wraps from SmartPak are a great addition to anyone’s tack trunk. Our tester loved the super soft, thin fleece that these polos are made of, making them easy to wrap right out of the handy storage bag…

Horse Show Grooming Gear

1. Absorbine ShowSheen At every horse show, you are bound to see a bottle of ShowSheen in just about every trailer, and for good reason. As the final touch in grooming, this polish and detangler has become a staple in our tester’s grooming box. It’s a non-greasy product that can be sprayed all over the horse’s body for a clean…

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…