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When you start buying riding clothes, one item that is essential to have both for schooling and
for competing are a good pair of riding gloves. Gloves serve multiple purposes; they help keep your hands warm,
protect your hands from blisters and give you better grip on the reins. You will want to buy at least two pairs of
gloves – one for home and one for the show arena. Each pair will be quite different in materials and
The gloves you buy for schooling at home need to be very durable since you will be using them
everyday. One really popular style is the leather and crochet style gloves. These gloves have leather on the palm
for good grip, while the upper is made from a soft cotton mesh that gives you total ventilation and keeps your
hands cool. However, these gloves are not ideal for the winter as they will not keep your hands very warm. For the
colder months, you'll want a pair of gloves that are insulated as well as grippy. Look for gloves with a fleece
lining, elastic cuffs and leather exterior for good rein grip.
Your showing gloves will be much fancier and not as durable as your schooling gloves. You will
definitely want a pair of thin leather gloves in black. Look for gloves that fit perfectly and have beautiful
stitching and high-quality leather. You can choose from either a velcro cuff or elasticised wrist – it's really a
matter of personal preference. Good brands include Ariat, Roeckl and SSG.