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
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.