Although leather show gloves are still the basis for riding gloves, the modern equestrian’s riding glove has many new design features. Many gloves offer features based on discipline, such as wet-ready gloves for eventers, tackified gloves for extra grip. Gloves are also designed to be more anatomical with fitted wrist and finger designs. For riding in warm conditions, many gloves offer a mesh fabric back, an update to the traditional crochet glove. For schooling, a variety of bright prints and colors are also available. A few popular brands are Heritage Gloves, Roeckl Gloves, and Tredstep.
Although tall boot socks with fun patterns remain a lasting favorite of riders, boot socks are also available with a number of updated features. Ventilated socks and socks with Cool-Max are great for hot weather, providing some relief under tall boots. Merino wool socks are popular in cooler weather and are moisture-wicking. For everyday riding, socks with a padded ankle or footbed provide additional comfort. Therapeutic socks provide support through compression. Popular brands are Ovation Zocks, Noble Outfitters and Lettia.
Belts are a traditional part of equestrian attire, and were once used as a replacement stirrup leather if needed on the hunt field. While most riders won’t ever need to use them for that reason, belts can make a statement, pull your look together or add an equestrian accent to your street attire. Most equestrian belts are leather, but they may be accented with fabric, or may be made entirely of elastic for enhanced fit during riding. Adding a touch of bling to your outfit with a crystal belt is popular with English and Western riders. A few popular brands of belts are Ariat, Tory Leather and Equine Couture.
A great alternative to tall boots, half chaps are a favorite for schooling and trail riding. Traditionally half chaps are available in leather and suede, but newer options also feature mesh chaps for riding in hot weather. Half chaps can also be designed to mimic the look of tall boots with a rear zipper and fine leather outer. For schooling, the addition of elastic gussets and a side zipper provides a comfortable, customized fit. Popular brands of half chaps include ProChaps, Ariat and Horze.