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Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2009 9:02 am
by greyhorse
We have a loan horse coming for my husband to ride, and we went to the local tack shop for the 'essentials'. We were able to find a Champion hat that fitted properly, a nice pair of half-chaps (XXL) and gloves! I was worried we weren't going to find anything, so trumps!

Re: Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 12:51 pm
by steve72
I have to buy most of my riding gear on-line. I hate the fact that the local tack shops and even the big name home shopping catalouges only have a limited range of mens riding wear. If you go to Germany you have a much wider range. Maybe I'm a expletive, but I like to look good too when I ride and go to the yard, so I buy my Pikeur breeches and Joules tops etc on-line. You look at the Kyra and Anky clothing ranges and there is a good selection for men but no shops sell it! And if you go to a big horsey show - no one sells mens stuff!! All you tack shop people are missing a trick!!

Re: Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2009 2:46 pm
by greyhorse
Have you ever talked to a saddlery shop owner about this? As it turns out, it was the owner helping us on the day we bought all the gear. He said he would be happy to carry more mens stuff, but he thought (with years and years experience) that men made up less than 3% of his customers. Maybe the market is changing? I don't know, but we were able to come away with everything we needed and I had expected much worse!

Re: Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:34 pm
by steve72
To be honest I dont really but stuff from tack shops because they're not as price competetive as on-line! Even if they did stock more Men's gear, if you know what you want then it's easier to buy on-line! The only thing I wouldn't buy online though is a hat! Sizes differ from make to make so you need to try before you buy! Although I saw a lovely riding hat at Hickstead, it was carbon fibre, you can have any colour and even have the stitching in any colour - sadly they start at £600.00 !! I said there were too many naughts for my liking Lol!!

Re: Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Sun Nov 01, 2009 3:39 pm
by confusedrider
I would like to start buying my own riding clothing (at the moment using hat from the school) but I dont know where to start from. Does anyone know a big tack shop in London where I can have a look? I only found a couple of quite posh shops and I dont feel confortable enough to come in and have a look (again due to my inexperience and poor English)

Re: Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:39 am
by greyhorse
Hyde Park Stables, in Bathurst Mews, London carries riding essentials, and can sort you out by ordering stuff in. www.hydeparkstables.com

Re: Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 8:49 pm
by confusedrider
Thanks. I'll go to have a look!!!

Re: Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Thu Apr 15, 2010 8:42 am
by redkitten
my bf is just starting to learn and we are trying to find him boots, breeches and hat but beside the scarcity of mens styles we are finding the price of them makes it pointless, everything is 3 times the price of ladies' equipment. he is only starting to learn and doesn't want to spent hundreds of pounds yet.
does anyone know where to find a mens version of the budget ranges? i am nervous of buying from the net as he has never worn riding kit before so we need to try on to find a comfortable fit. could anyone advise?

Re: Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 11:27 am
by pukkapony
Try Tesco's direct, I'm sure I've seen an economy mens riding set there! You may be able to find a store local to you that stocks them

Re: Shopping in tack shops...

Posted: Fri Apr 16, 2010 6:06 pm
by redkitten
thanks pukkapony, they only do ladies now, but i'll keep looking.