5 of the best ventilated riding hats

Dublin Silver Pro riding hat

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A microfibre outer shell with a front vent for airflow give this hat a great look. 

A four-point hared with padded chin strap for comfort and a quick-release buckle for easy.

For additional comfort and ease of care this hat has a removable and machine washable liner. 

Available in navy or black

RRP from £62.99*

Uvex Suxxeed Luxury  


A mix of classic and modern design features will make you stand out in the crowd.

This luxury edition has leather detailing, subtly matching Swarovski crystals and Alcantara for a chic luxurious look.

This hat carries the BSI kitemark VG1 standard and you can pick from black, blue or brown.

RRP £399.95*

Champion Air-Tech Deluxe riding hat

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The sleek outer shell give this hat a truly modern look. It’s highly ventilated with triple mesh venting for superior airflow and the removable, washable head lining is made from high-tech moisture wicking material for your comfort. A four point fully adjustable synthetic leather harness holds the hat securely in place. It’s also fully adjustable with a dial adjust system for a close contact fit.

The Air-Tech Deluxe has PAS 015, ASTM F1163-15 and SEI marked & VG1. BSI Kitemarked to PAS015 2011

It's available in black metallic, navy metallic, oyster metallic, black silk

RRP from £125*

For stockists www.championhats.co.uk

Gatehouse Conquest MkII riding helmet

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This stylish and lightweight riding helmet is suitable for both everyday wear and competition. The Conquest MkII is well ventilated and has a removable, washable lining for complete comfort and hygiene.

It's Kitemarked and approved to PAS015 and comes in a choice of finishes including black, navy (matt, metallic, suedette/glitter or suedette trimmed with Swarovski Crystal finish).

RRP £188.99*

Charles Owen eLumenAyr 


A fully ventilated sparkly helmet, this hat has 10 ventilation slots and a removable headband to keep you cool and comfortable. This hat is secured by a six-point GRpx harness. An easy snap helmet buckle features a magnet to draw the clasp together, allowing you to secure their harness with one hand.

kitemarked PAS015 and VG1. CE marked to VG1, certified by SEI to ASTM F1163-15.

Avaialble in navy or black in microsuede or leather look.

RRP from £209.30*

*Prices correct at time of publishing

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Airowear AyrPS

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You can never have too much protection while you're riding. This clever combo from Airowear works as a double-layer of protection. 

The AyrPS combines a a detachable, inflatable AirShell gilet with the lightweight BETA 2009 Level 3 AirMesh2 body protector.

Both layers have a breathable mesh covering to maximise airflow. 

The two layers are designed to fit comfortably and move with you as you ride.

RRP £505.60

For stockists visit www.airowear.co.uk

4 of the best body protectors

As voted for by the Your Horse magazine readers, here's their pick of the best body protectors and why they rate them.

Airowear Outlyne

1. Airowear Outlyne

Reviewed by: Cheryl Towers-Hawley

Used for 1 year

Worn every time I ride

This body protector is designed for women and is so comfortable to wear and not at all bulky. the design is shaped in all the right places for my body shape and the good range of sizes it's avail in means you ge the best possible fit. I'm short in the back and have struggled with body protectors catching on the back of my saddle, but this one is just perfect. There's also plenty of adjustment so you can get a comfortable fit every time. 

It's so lightweight, I don't know I'm wearing it and I it helps me sit up nice and straight when I'm riding too. 

Price £88.62 to £104.06*

Racesafe Provent 3.0

2. Racesafe PROVENT 3.0

Reviewed by Krista Chapman

Used for 1 year

Worn for jumping and cross-country

I'd tried several other body protectors before picking this one. I find this one from Racesafe fits my body well without it feeling too bulky or restrictive.

It's light, comfortable, flexible and allows me to move freely. 

I honestly forget that I'm wearing ti. I love it so much that I recommend it to a friend who's bought one and loves it too. 

Price £205*

Racesafe RS2010

3. Racesafe RS2010

Used by Lucy Collins

Used for 1 year

Worn every time I ride

This body protector fits really well and the zip-up style makes it easy to put on. I find it lightweight and the individual hinged sections allow the body protector to flex and move with you, so you don't feel restricted. 

It wasn't the cheapest, but it's worth every penny.

Also, a really big plus point for me is that, being only 5ft tall, the different sizes and back lengths available mean I could actually find a body protector that fits me well and allows me to move freely in the saddle.

Price £190*


4. Rodney Powell Superflex Contour

Rodney Powell Superflex

Reviewed by Terri-Ann Parry

Used for 1 year

Worn every time I ride

It was the fit and shape of this body protector that influenced my purchase. It's so comfortable to wear, I don't know I'm wearing it. Other body protectors I've had have been quite bulky and restrictive. This one is the complete opposite, it follows the contours of my body so it doesn't restrict my movement on or off my horse.

It's easy to sue and has plenty of adjustment at the sides and shoulders so you can fit it perfectly 

The waterproof outer is a good addition.

Price £205*

*Prices correct at time of publishing



Hi-vis for your horse

You may not always feel hi-vis is necessary, especially now the days are longer and the weather is better, but making the effort can mean the difference between life or death.

Wearing hi-vis gives vehicle drivers three seconds of extra reaction time. Although there's currently no law to ensure you and your horse wear hi-vis we'd always recommend you do, not just because drivers will see  you sooner, but you'll be seen when you ride off-road too. 

Here's a selection of hi-vis wear for your horse to wear that suitable for all year round. 

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HyVIZ bridle set

This three-piece set fits neatly onto your bridle. Fluorescent with bright silver retro-reflective tape for additional safety and clear visibility.

Price £7*


HyVIZ leg bands

HyVIZ Leg Bands

These bands fit neatly around your horse's legs or over boots. Fluorescent with silver retro-reflective tape for safety. These durable leg bands have a mesh lining to prevent your horse getting hot, and fasten with two strong velcro straps. 

Price £8*

Golly Galoshes

Golly Galoshes

Golly Galoshes, not only keep your horse’s legs and boots clean and dry but their reflective and fluorescent versions, also offer great visibility when out hacking.

Because Golly Galoshes are breathable, waterproof they can be worn comfortably over your horse's boots or on their own.

From £26.99 per pair*

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Parsons Rump

A simple and effective design that’s perfect for summer riding. It incorporated fluorescent webbing and Reflexite tape to ensure you’re clearly visible. Quick and easy to attach to your saddle and much lighter than an exercise sheet.

Price from £16.50*

Mark Todd reflective sheet

Mark Todd Reflective Exercise Sheet

A waterproof and breathable sheet with soft fleece lining, this high-viz exercise sheet combines a wrap-around design providing both warmth and protection from the elements.


V-Bandz mesh sheet

V-Bandz mesh quarter sheet

A breathable sheet that’s made from a lightweight mesh that won’t make your horse sweat. It attaches to your saddle to hold it securely in place.





V-Bandz legbands

V-Bandz Deluxe legbands

Fluorescent and reflective protection. These legbands can be worn on their own or over boots. The top surface of the legbands are wipe clean for convenience, although they can of course be machine washed. The tapes are sewn onto a quilted material which means they are very comfortable for the horse to wear.

Price £12.99*

Harry Hall high vis brushing boots

Harry Hall Hi Viz brushing boots

These Hi Viz Brushing Boots are the perfect protection for your horse when riding out. The bright fluorescent and reflective neoprene boots will ensure your horse is always seen for maximum safety. The strong hook and loop provides a reliable and durable fastening.



Harry Hall Hi Viz fly veil


Harry Hall Hi Viz Fly Veil

The ultimate safety product for your horse. Crafted from mesh fabric, it prevents the horse from becoming agitated but provides the right amount of fit to avoid slippage. The fluorescent fabric ensures that your horse will always be seen.

Price £13*

Equisafety leg boots

Equisafety reflective Hi Vis leg boots

These boots can be fitted over brushing boots. They are made from a strong and durable, yet soft, black waterproof fabric with two 2” fluorescent and reflective bands stitched on top of each boot.

Price £11.99*

Equisafety neck band

Equisafety Reflective horse neck band

If your horse has a high head carriage whilst out hacking we would advise you to wear a neck band. The horses head may hide your jacket or waistcoat from cars coming from the front. Fully adjustable by touch & close fastenings underneath the chest. Wipe clean

Price £17.99*

Woof Wear reflective boots

Woof Wear Club Reflective brushing boot

A classic brushing boots with the addition of high visibility straps to ensure your horse is clearly visible in low light.

Price £31*

Rambo Reflective Night Rider boots

Rambo Reflective Night Rider boots

Brushing boots made from a highly reflective material. Quick closure system a single fastening.

Price £24.95*


*prices correct at time of publishing