Improve your position with the Posture Shirt

The Posture Shirt 2.0 from Active Posture is medically approved – it’s inspired by kinesio taping and has been developed by an international team of doctors and physiotherapists.

Your Horse magazine deputy editor Allison Lowther has been using the Posture Shirt 2.0 for six months - here’s how she got on using it.

The NeuroBands in the Posture Shirt gently remind you to sit up.

The NeuroBands in the Posture Shirt gently remind you to sit up.

The shirt uses NeuroBands on the back that contain different elasticity levels, naturally mirroring your own muscles.

This lines up your back, shoulder and neck joints to give you better overall posture without you even realising.

It took a little while to get used to wearing the shirt, but I do feel my posture and position has improved since using it. Also, my trainer isn’t telling me to ‘sit up’ during my lessons - that’s progress!

The fit of this shirt is critical. It’s designed to be a close fit, but it doesn’t hold you in a fixed position and you can still move without restriction. I felt a slight pull across my shoulders, in my uppers back and down my shoulder blades – it’s like a gentle reminder to sit up straight and maintain my posture.

After wearing the top for a while, I can feel heat in this area too – don’t be alarmed, this is apparently quite normal and is a sign my muscles are activating. This sensation has reduced the more I’ve worn the shirt, which means my muscles are getting used to being in their new, correct position.

The material of the shirt wicks away moisture and has vented mesh panels – however, I did get hot wearing this shirt. This means it has been washed a lot, but it washes well and dries quickly.

I’ve really felt the benefit of wearing the Posture Shirt 2.0 and highly recommend it. Justifying the cost is tricky – however after six months of use the shirt still looks great and is still having a positive effect on my position in the saddle. 

RRP £99.95*

Buy at activeposture.co.uk

*Price correct at time of publishing

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The practical and stylish Marnie Sweat jacket

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Who doesn’t love a hoody? They are such a useful extra layer to have to hand all year round and the Marnie sweat jacket from the Cavallo is no exception.  

This is a super stylish everyday item perfect for both at the stables and for every day wear. It’s available in three stunning colours - dark blue, rose and lipstick.

A decorative Cavallo embossing with luxury print design adds a touch of style to the go to hoody.The full-length zip make is easy to use – no struggling to pulll it on and off over your head.

RRP £60* 

For details of your nearest stockist visit zebraproducts.co.uk 

*Price correct at time of publishing.

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4 summer tops for cool riding

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Aubrion Carter Tech T-Shirt 

A modern take on the classic t-shirt. The Aubrion Carter Tech t-shirt is breathable and lightweight and made from technical performance fabric to ensure you stay comfortable and cool no matter how hard you’re woking.

The relaxed fit and side vents add to look and comfort of this t-shirt - allowing you to move without restriction in and out of the saddle.

RRP £14.99*

To find your nearest stockist visit shiresequestrian.com 



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Mountain Horse Team Top

A sporty and stylish technical top that’s perfect for all kinds of equestrian activities.

The v-neck design gives this top a modern and smart look and is long enough to tuck into your breeches if you wish.

This functional yet elegant tech top is made from a fabric that wicks away moisture to keep you dry and comfortable as you ride.

RRP £49*

To find your nearest stockist visit mountainhorse.se



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Hailey Long Sleeve Crew

The ultimate activewear garment offering a functional sports fit.

The top features opti-dry technology for maximum moisture control - this unique material will leave you feeling fresh and dry.

The Hailey crew top also offers UPF 40 protection to guard your skin from the sun's harsh UV rays.

As well as wearing it alone, it’s the perfect top to layer with other riding wear too– layer the top under a vest, fleece or jacket in the cool weather for an extra cosy feel. 

RRP £24.95*

Buy online at nobleoutfitters.co.uk


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Aztec Diamond Base Layer top

Stylish and functional, designed to be worn as a training or competition top or as an additional layer when days are a bit cooler.

The new design features air vents and mesh panels which have been added under the arms and sides to regulate your temperature. 

This base layer is made from a substantial (non-see through) premium quality, 4-way stretch fabric with added Coolmax for superb stretch and recovery properties which means it won’t lose its flattering fit.

RRP £40*

Buy online at aztecdiamondequestrian.com 


*All prices correct at time of publishing.

 

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Noble Outfitter Perfect Fit riding glove review

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Used by Allison Lowther

Used for six months

These have become my go-to pair of gloves for riding on a daily basis. They're so comfortable to wear and so lightweight you don't know you're wearing them.

They fit like a second skin, but the back of the glove is nice and stretchy, so they give you freedom of movement and aren't at all restrictive.  

I've found them a great glove to use in warmer weather, my hands don't get too hot even when I'm schooling and working hard. 

They give a really good feel and grip on the reins too.

Because these have become a firm favourite, they've been washed a lot, but they dry really quickly, which is another plus point. 

The only negative I have is that the material on the back of the glove does snag easily - which means they do look well worn. However, I still really like them and there's not signs of wear on the palm. 

RRP £19.95*

*price correct at time of publishing

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Musto clothing - designed to withstand the rigours of riding and yard work

Built upon 50 years of engineering cutting-edge performance apparel, Musto is the world’s foremost sailing brand and a leader in British equestrian and shooting clothing.

Driven by innovation, the desire to go beyond the accepted, revolutionise and be disruptive is what makes Musto a market-leading brand: every piece across every collection has been precision engineered, which has ensured the exacting standards that have become the brand’s signature trait worldwide.

Musto clothing uses the Volvo Ocean Race as its testing lab!

Musto clothing uses the Volvo Ocean Race as its testing lab!

Tested to the extreme

Musto uses the 45,000 nautical miles of the Volvo Ocean Race as its laboratory. It takes advantage of the race’s calmest and stormiest moments, its saltwater-drenched and bone-dry conditions and those transformational minutes that can make or break a sailor to put its gear through its paces.

This ethos of vigorous testing extends across all its collections; all Musto fabrics have been stringently tested by professional athletes to ensure they deliver premium levels of protection in every environment.

Its garments have been tailored to meet your every specific need. Seam placements, fabric choices,hidden features and ergonomic styling: every design element has been chosen to give you the inside edge. Musto’s collections have been designed to do the demanding work, so you don’t have to. They keep you protected in the elements so that you can stay focused on the task at hand.

Meeting riders needs

To push themselves further in the saddle, riders need kit that extends their limit. That’s why the British Equestrian Federation and Team GBR have chosen to partner with Musto.

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Team GBR's requirements for the brand, when choosing kit, wasn’t merely rider-specific: the Musto garments they selected had to be climate-ready and span their diverse breadth of disciplines.

Every garment worn by Team GBR has been chosen based on its hidden technology, the ways in which they benefit the rider and help them perform at their best. For example, highly wicking polos, waterproof jackets and insulating middle layers all ensure incredible climate control during rigorous training schedules.

In specialist areas, the brand partners with other like-minded brands to ensure focused designs and synchronicity, such as Flying Changes in upcoming seasons. Combining their impeccable tailoring with Musto’s exceptional designs and performance fabrics, the result is sure to be show-stopping tailcoat and short technical riding jackets that bridge the gap between functionality and style.

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Support TeamGBR

Not just for the athletes, the brand has made it easy for fans to show their support for Team GBR.

Musto has produced a range of technical merchandise wear, which includes waterproof jackets, performance riding tops, polos and accessories in mens’ and womens’ sizes.

Each item in this exciting range comes complete with Team GBR branding - what better way to show you support to our equestrian teams!

 

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4 of the best and on trend gilets

Let's face it, there's nothing more versatile than a gilet. The perfect option for cooler mornings over a long sleeve top, or for layering for warmth during the winter.

Here's our pick of four gilets that are a must for your riding wardrobe.

Dublin Calbria waistcoat

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A super-smart all-over quilted and padded waistcoat that can be worn on its own or as a layering piece for extra warmth. 

Elastane side panels ensure you look great.

It's available in indigo or navy, so it sure to team up perfectly with the rest of your riding clothes.

RRP £59.99*


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Caldene Petra gilet

A striking looking gilet with a contoured, biker-style that's on trend. It made from a highly breathable three-layer spacer fabric, which helps regulate your body temperature and wicks away moisture i you get too hot.

It features rose-gold detailing, which is hugely popular a the moment. 

The Petra is available in navy only - so it goes with everything!

RRP £70*


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Cavallo Kim gilet

A sporty and super stylish waistcoat. It's cut for a flattering slim fit with delicate stitching detail, satin lining and zipped pockets.

It's breathable, quick-drying and water and dirt-repellent - perfect for when your around horses.

The Kim gilet is available in a selection of great colours including orange, bison, graphite and deep forest.

RRP £119*


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Stierna Aurora vest

A lightweight and down-free vest that's perfect for wearing on its own or for layering. The fabric and cut is designed to trap warm air to help keep you warm, but also allow excess heat to be quickly evaporated so you stay comfortable. 

The stylish vest will protect you from the cold, wind and even light drizzle. 

Stretch side panels follow your movement so you don't feel restricted.

RRP £120*

For stockists www.stierna.com

*Prices correct at time of publishing

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Ariat Tri Factor grip breeches

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Breeches that help you look great, as well as helping you to  maintain a correct and secure position in the saddle is always going to be a hit with horse riders.

The clever material and design will help you stay cool when you're working hard.

These breeches also incorporate an innovative compressive fabric which is infused with cooling technology and silicone grip for extra grip in the saddle. 

Moisture Movement Technology wicks moisture away from the skin and the Ariat V3 elastic "V" panel built into the back waistband adds to the overall comfort of these breeches.

For a flattering look Ariat has used Core Control Technology, which provides targeted support for core muscles and slims you silhouette too. 

 RRP £119.99 (full seat) or £109.99 (knee patches)

Find stockists visit www.ariat.com

Equitheme Padded Waistcoat

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The versatile and stylish Equitheme Padded Waistcoat is lightweight making it ideal for cooler days, or to use as an additional layer when it's colder. 

This warm yet light padded waistcoat also features a hood which makes it perfect for the rainy, colder weather thanks to its water-repellent fabric. 

The waistcoat is available in an array of colours including, fuchsia, black, red, brown, beige, bright blue and navy.

Sizes include children’s 4 years to 14 years, adults XXS to XXL

Prices  £35.90 (children's sizes), £42.50 (adult sizes)

For more information visit www.equitheme.co.uk

Four of the best riding tops

The use of modern fabrics in lots of riding clothing allow you to look great and stay cool Here’s our pick of four of the most practical technical tops to suit all budgets

Mark Todd Liv Competition skin

Mark Todd Liv Competition Skin

A smart top made from a breathable, 4-way stretch fabric that’s quick drying and wicks away moisture, making it an ideal choice for riding. Designed to be worn on its own or as a base layer, the Liv is suitable for all occasions whether you’re working on the yard, or competing.

Price £34.99     

Colours Navy, white, anthracite grey

Size XS to XL

For details of your nearest stockist visit www.wefi.co.uk


Noble Outfitters Gwen Performance Mock

Noble Outfitters Gwen  Performance Mock

Great for competition, the lightweight Gwen Performance Mock from Noble Outfitters is a high performance short sleeved shirt with a neat sports fit. It’s made with UPF 50+ rated fabric, and has an ultra-breathable stretch mesh back and side panels for a flattering fit.

Colours Ice, white

Sizes XS to XL

Price £29.95    

Order online at www.nobleoutfitters.co.uk


Aztec Diamond base layer top

Aztec Diamond Base Layer Top

A functional top designed to be worn as a training or competition top or as an additional layer on cooler days. This top has three quarter zip sleeves and a high collared zip neck. It’s made from a premium quality, 4-way stretch fabric with added Coolmax for superb stretch and recovery properties which means it won’t lose its flattering fit, plus it’s not see through.

Colours White, pink, metal, black

Sizes XS to XL

Price £40


Felix Bühler Mara polo shirt

Felix Buhler Mara polo

A classic v-neck polo shirt which is a staple top for many horse owners. This shirt is made from a breathable and quick-drying fabric with contrast coloured buttons and striped ribbon on the inside of the collar to match with the rest of your riding wardrobe.

Colours Apple green, black, capri blue, cassis, hibiscus, marine, night blue, sapphire, pale pink

Sizes XS to XXL

Price £15.90   

Order online at www.kramer.co.uk

Mountain Horse Melanie Tech breeches

Mountain Horse Melanie Tech breeches

If you're looking for breeches that are that little bit different, then the Melanie Tech breeches from Mountain Horse have a great sporty look, as well as using colour blocking and technical fabric.

The breeches are stretchy and lightweight and the soft durable yarn mix gives superb comfort.

Both the full seat and knee breeches incorporate Mountain Horse’s triangle grip technology to provide extra grip in the saddle and extra comfort comes from stretch-tech fabric inserts at the back , front leg and hem for a perfect fit.

Price £99 (knee), £119 (full seat)

To see more from Mountain Horse visit www.mountainhorse.se

KM Elite All Rounder Glove

A classic comfort fit riding glove that’s suitable for all disciplines.

The All Rounder from KM Elite is a great everyday riding glove

The All Rounder from KM Elite is a great everyday riding glove

These gloves provide excellent grip and the sweat absorbing palm will ensure you stay comfortable whatever the weather.

They're close fitting to give you the best possible feel on the reins and the Velcro fastening at the wrist holds the gloves securely in place.

Available in four colours - black, royal blue, navy blue and purple

Price £17.99

Order online at www.kmeliteproducts.co.uk

4 of the best lightweight, waterproof jackets

You may have put your winter woollies away, but it's alway wise to have a lightweight waterproof jacket to hand just in case you get caught out in a shower. 

Here’s our pick of four of the most practical jackets for riding in.

Mark Todd Bomber jacket

 Mark Todd Bomber Jacket

 Combining chic Italian styling and technical performance fabrics, this jacket is practical enough to wear on the yard or between classes at a competition, yet stylish enough for the high street too.

It's available in navy and comes in ladies and gents sizes.

Price £178 (gents £186.99) *


Cavallo Inca

Cavallo Inka jacket

A high performance jacket that perfect for riding. 

It's made from Cavallo's unique bi-stretch CAVASHELL material thats windproof, water repellent and breathable.

Choose from silver or night blue and it's available in sizes 34 to 46. 

Price £145*


PK Elviro

PK Elviro jacket

This colourful spring essential features a stylish two-tone effect set off against contrasting softshell cuffs, hood line and bottom.

It’s fully waterproof and windproof, plus it’s breathable, making it perfect to ride on cool and showery days. 

It's available in ultramarine, pearl and lollipop red in sizes XS to XXL

Price £113*


Georgia in Dublin Dublette

Georgia in Dublin Dublette

This stylish waterproof jacket has adjustable lacing at the back so it can expand over layers or be cinched in over lighter clothing to show off your waist.

Versatile and fashionable this jacket has a detachable cape and tail which extends over the back of your saddle.

The Dublette is available in navy, vineyard green, red, yellow, black, high viz orange, high viz pink. 

Sizing is a little different - S (4-8), medium (8-14), large (16-20)

Price £155*

www.georgiaindublin.com

*prices correct at time of publishing