Prepurchase Exam

UV Protective Gear Tested

1. Kensington Protective Products UViator Protective Mask 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…

Stirrups Put to the Test

1. American Equus Hunter EQ “FILLIS” Ultra-Light Stirrups Insanely grippy—as in, our tester’s horse spooked a few times and her feet didn’t budge an inch—these stirrup irons have “traction pins” in the pad that are interchangeable, so you can customize your grip. Our tester found these to be super lightweight at only 255 grams, which is great if you’re a…

Natural and Earth-Friendly Products Tested

1. SADDLER’S BLANKET WASH Skip taking your blankets to a specialty cleaner and do it yourself with this blanket wash. Our tester was surprised to open the jar to a liquid product, but was thrilled when her blankets came out looking brand new after one cycle in the washing machine—it even got rid of that classic dirty blanket smell we…

Youth and Pony Products Put to the Test

1. SmartPak Soft Padded Leather Pony/Mini Halter A buttery halter perfectly designed for a pony (or mini)? Yes please! Our tester was immediately impressed by how supple this double-stitched halter was right out of the box—no additional oiling needed. The super soft padding kept our tester’s sensitive mare comfortable and rub-free, and with a variety of color options from teal…

Winter Socks Tested

1. KERRITS HORSE PLAY WOOL SOCKS Our tester loved the new berry color that Kerrits came out with for their Horseplay Wool Socks—the artistically printed knee-high socks are designed like any other riding sock, but are a bit prettier, in our tester’s opinion. The fun pattern is on an antimicrobial, wicking, and breathable material with reinforcements on the heel and…

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…