As the days lengthen and the weather warms, we are more and more drawn to the trails and arenas. With our horses, we’re getting fitter and ready for fun times ahead! Good gear and products often help us enjoy riding season. We’re sharing this wide range of offerings for your consideration. Have fun out there.
For Riding and Horse Glamping:
Field Company is new on the scene with legit cast iron pans. Lightweight, weighing significantly less than traditional skillets. Can you believe it? We’ll review this gorgeous, No. 10 iron skillet. Get $50 off when you spend $200. Learn more about the two-brother company here.
Outdoor Pantry – Meals from this American company are nutritious and easily prepared. We’re looking forward to reviewing entrees, including jerk chicken, bison chili, and, for dessert, apple crumble. YUM.
Real Food Bars have pea protein and come in a wide variety of flavors, including Cherry Cashew and Peanut Butter Chip.
Patagonia WorkWear – We think the women’s Ranch Jacket might just be the best jean jacket out there. But wait, it ain’t denim, it’s hemp! Comes in coriander and stone blue. Ready for anything. Way tougher than cotton.
Also from Patagonia, we’ll review some additional new arrivals, including this Woolyester pullover top and two long-sleeved options. We bet they’re perfect for early mornings and sunset rides and chats around the campfire. Riders know the benefits of long-sleeved tops are not limited to sun protection and warmth, but include abrasion protection if one happens to come off! We review the Sun Stretch shirt and the long-sleeved Merino tee.
Chill Angel is a Colorado-based, woman-owned company specializing in super fine merino wool togs, especially for leisure or sleep. We LOVE the Stellar Tank Dress, but have found every item reviewed to be soft, durable, comfortable and, if pajamas can be affectionate, then affectionate they are, too. Use “BESTHORSE22” at check out and get 20 percent off.
Duckworth raises sheep in Montana and heralds a sheep-to-shelf process that’s American in every single step. Think wool is just for winter? Think again! Like products from Chill Angel, these tops are cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s not. We review the Vapor V-Tee and the Vapor Camisole.
Kuhl is a clothing company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. You may know it best for its popular men’s pants. But we think you’d dig these top options for women:
The Aero Fleece Jacket is more stylish and comfortable than your average fleece. Plus, it deflects hay, shavings, and horse hair with aplomb. We so love the Mineral Blue color.
The Kamila Strip long sleeve button down is comfortable and can be worn tucked in or out. No need to worry about freedom of movement, this shirt is well-cut for all the actions we do, in and out of the saddle.
Additional Kuhl items to try:
Bravada Tank: curved hemline and perfect arm hole cut. Sweet colors.
Impulse Tights: the convenience of multiple pockets and hay-shedding material makes these bottoms a great choice for barn chores.
Shay Tank: custom embroidery makes this tank more feminine than others. With organic cotton and a super comfortable cut.
Running and hiking are great compliments and cross training activities to your horse riding.
We review men’s and women’s running shoes from HOKA. The company regularly tops trail running shoe “Best of” categories.
Check out Dillon’s review of the Torrent 2 and Kelley’s review of the Zinal.
Miir. There are myriad reasons to love Miir, from the company’s sustainability commitment to its light, elegant design. We review the Climate+ Wide Mouth, a sweet saddlebag addition.
Bronwen Jewelry has been a steady favorite for adventure-friendly rings, bracelets, and earrings. Founder Bronwen Lodato writes: “We craft our jewelry with integrity, durability, beauty and love – the same characteristics of the women who wear it.” What’s more to love? How about the lifetime warranty? For the month of May, enter “BESTHORSE15” and get 15 percent off your order.
We’ll be checking out additional rider-worthy products from these brands, too:
For those of us who are still out on the trails, even when we’re not riding, we offer for your consideration the Arete Hydration Pack. We think it’s going to be great for long runs in the backcountry. And when it’s not being worn, you can still use it as a reservoir sleeve for 1.5 liters.
Single-handed drinking is key, whether you’re driving or riding. The Forge Flow Travel Mug allows you to have your other hand on the reins, while you stay hydrated or caffeinated. Leak-proof and self-sealing. Plus, keeps bevs hot for six hours.