Gear Guide Tried & Tested

High-visibility

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Keep yourself and your horse safe and seen while riding. We test some of the best products for you, and for your horse.

The products

Horze BZeen reflective riding rug
RRP
£55.99

Horze BZeen reflective riding rug

A bright orange exercise blanket with reflective strips on the sides. It’s waterproof, breathable and has a comfortable polyester lining. Sizes: 125–165cm

www.horze.co.uk

Pros

I used this exercise sheet out on hacks and was really pleased that it didn’t move or slip at all. Because it’s so bright, I felt much more confident on the roads with it on. I liked the way it wraps around the front of my horse so I had high-vis all around. The fastenings for the front section are Velcro and I was very pleased that they didn’t undo, even with uphill trot work. I also used it in the school as a waterproof exercise sheet and found it useful for this, too

Cons

It’s quite expensive, but I felt the quality and the fit made it worth the money

RRP
£5.50

Equi-Flector bands

Colours: Yellow or pink “None – they did everything I wanted them to!”

www.shiresequestrian.com

Pros

“These bands are easily adjusted and fitted around my horse’s legs with or without boots underneath. They’re fleece-lined, which meant they didn’t rub. They remained in place, even after long hacks with lots of fast work, and didn’t slip down or twist. I liked that they were reflective all the way around, so they really stood out clearly and they washed well.”

Cons

“None – they did everything I wanted them to!”

RRP
£28.00

Woof Wear reflective club brushing boot

Sizes: XS–XL High-vis for horses who need leg protection.

www.woofwear.com

Pros

“These boots are soft on the inside and don’t rub my horse’s delicate skin, even after being worn for several hours in wet conditions. The strike pads are sturdy, which is great as my horse brushes behind. The reflective tabs are robust and they wash really well.”

Cons

“I would like the reflective tabs to be slightly longer, so they extend a little further around the back legs and are more visible to cars approaching from behind.”

RRP
£27.00

Harry Hall Hi Viz brushing boots

Sizes: Cob–extra-full Super if you want hard-wearing, bright boots.

www.harryhall.co.uk

Pros

“At first I thought that the boots looked a little bulky, but the strike pad was very durable and the elastic made them easy to fit to my cob. The silver reflective sections aligned nicely when you put them on, so it could be seen more than I expected.”

Cons

“I would have preferred fluorescent material on the outside of the boot, too.”

HyViz leg bands
RRP
£9.30

HyViz leg bands

Colours: Yellow/navy or pink/black Sizes: Pony or cob/horse Perfect on top of your brushing boots.

www.hy-equestrian.com

Pros

“These wraps were very reflective and there was plenty of adjustability in the size, meaning it was easy to use them on different horses. They stayed on well and didn’t slip.”

Cons

“They didn’t have any give in them and weren’t padded, so I would have preferred to use them over the top of boots.”

RRP
£15.99

Equisafety leg bands

Perfect for everyday use. Colours: Silver/pink or silver/orange

www.equisafety.com

Pros

“These were super-visible and seem well-made. Most of the dirt wiped off after use and they washed well.”

Cons

“They fitted well over brushing boots, but had a tendency to slip when used alone.”

RRP
£50.00

Harry Hall down-like gilet

Colours: Yellow or pink Sizes: 8–18 Perfect if you want to look stylish in high-vis.

www.harryhall.co.uk

Pros

“This gilet has the perfect amount of padding to keep you warm without becoming too hot. The shaped waist is ideal for wearing a baselayer or thin top underneath, and the pockets are perfect for a phone and keys – they zip shut so I wasn’t worried about losing anything. The high collar kept my neck warm, too.”

Cons

“You need to size up if you want to wear bulkier items underneath.”

RRP
£61.99

HyViz waterproof riding jacket

Sizes: XS–XL If you want to be safe and warm, this coat won’t let you down.

www.hy-equestrian.com

Pros

“This jacket is very reflective and benefits from both good-quality yellow fabric and reflective strips. It fits nicely and is flattering. The high neck was excellent at keeping the wind out and the Velcro at the sleeves was useful.”

Cons

“The jacket is quite padded, so I got too warm on mild days.”

RRP
£110.00

Equisafety Mercury jacket

Sizes: 8–16 Perfect for catching attention.

www.equisafety.com

Pros

“The visibility this jacket offers is second to none – it has definitely affected how drivers react to me and even dog walkers seem to be quicker to catch their dogs when they see me coming. I like the underarm vents, as they mean it’s comfy to ride in even on warmer days (although it would be too hot in summer). Everyone at my yard has commented on it and is keen to borrow it. The zipped pockets are a good size.”

Cons

“Given the price, I feel it’s missing a couple of features – for example, a zip protector to stop it scratching my face and a zip on the inside mobile phone pocket, plus I found that the inside of the pockets got wet in heavy rain.”

RRP
£59.95

Horseware Neon Corrib jacket

Sizes: XXS–XXL You want a genuinely versatile safety jacket.

www.horseware.com

Pros

“The blue body makes it practical to wear when you’re not riding. I also liked that it wasn’t very fitted because I was able to wear layers underneath and I didn’t get hot. The lining is soft, unlike many thin jackets, which can feel a bit like wearing a bin bag!”

Cons

“I would like the option to have the body in yellow rather than blue.”

RRP
£14.50

LunaRider reflective tabard

Sizes: S–L Lightweight and easy to stow in a pocket.

www.derbyhouse.co.uk

Pros

“This was really nice and lightweight, so it is perfect for wearing over my normal riding clothes without overheating. It was waterproof and easy to wipe clean.”

Cons

“It has a very high neck, which made it impossible to pull on over a riding hat.”

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