Gear look at it then

Your Horse (UK) - - Looking Back At Horsey History -

Rider wear has changed sig­nif­i­cantly, as this 1983 spread (left) shows. It ref lects life­style fash­ion of the time, where big-brimmed hats and checked pat­terns were def­i­nitely in. It’s black and white, so we can’t tell the colours ex­actly, but it looks like some tweed is in there — still a sta­ple among spec­ta­tors at to­day’s horsey fix­tures too. Ev­ery­one had — or wanted — a hat strap with a chin guard in the 80s (check out that im­age, be­low far left). Ap­par­ently a hip f lask was a must-have piece of kit back then too. Fast for­ward to 1996 and colour creeps into the mag­a­zine. Big news at that time was man­u­fac­tur­ers ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent types of sad­dle pad (left). Ex­cit­ing times — but how dated it seems now. To­day’s gear is a lot more colour­ful, to the ex­tent it has be­come many rid­ers’ iden­ti­fy­ing fea­ture (even­ters Paul Tap­ner in red and Mary King in green, for ex­am­ple). You can’t beat a lit­tle bit of matchy matchy. Our gear pages still move with the sea­sonal (and fash­ion­able) trends and we put prod­ucts through their paces with a tried and tested. There’s al­ways some­thing to win, too. Bonus!

Above: life­style fash­ion in 1983 — horse and rider kit was in­cluded too Left: a hip flask was classed as es­sen­tial gear in the 80s Above: in 1996, tech­nol­ogy finds a place in sad­dle pads

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