Big test

A well-fit­ting pair of rid­ing gloves will en­hance your feel on the reins and aid com­mu­ni­ca­tion with your horse. But with so many avail­able in shops, which should you choose? Find out which gloves came out on top in our test

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Rid­ing gloves

EAR­ING A PAIR of rid­ing gloves is rec­om­mended to protect your hands from rub­bing and pro­vide good grip on the reins. There are lots of dif­fer­ent ones avail­able in a range of ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing leather and syn­thetic. All are de­signed to of­fer a close fit with the palm, giv­ing a good feel on the reins. Some rid­ing gloves have an ad­di­tional clo­sure at the wrist or on the back of the hand. This en­sures a neat and se­cure fit as well as mak­ing them eas­ier to put on and take off. For dura­bil­ity, look for gloves with an ex­tra patch be­tween the lit­tle fin­ger and ring fin­ger — this is the part of the glove that can be sub­jected to ex­tra wear as it’s just where your rein sits. Your Horse’s as­so­ci­ate edi­tor Al­li­son Lowther has put a se­lec­tion of rid­ing gloves suit­able for ev­ery­day use to the test. Over the last four months she’s been as­sess­ing the fit and ef­fec­tive­ness of each pair. Read on to dis­cover which pair stood up to the rigours of daily use and pro­vide the best in com­fort, grip and feel fee on the reins.

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