Below you will be able to find information on the equipment we use for training, races, marketing and much more. If you have certain questions related to the usage of the equipment feel free to contact me.
I find it as one of the most important elements of a rider to protect yourself from any danger and try to avoid risk for you and your horse. It is important to use the latest standards and always follow the rules from FEI or your national federation for guidance on the security. Can a price be mentioned for the health and security of yourself and the horse?
Helmet – The last couple of years I have been using the latest versions of CASCO Mistral helmets which follows the VG1 regulation and is approved by FEI for endurance racing. When riding many kilometers each day in training and races, it is important to clean your helmet and watch the interior protection, as it will fade in quality due to heat, sweat, sand, dust etc. I would recommend having a couple of helmets to change between, and make sure to change it entirely every year.
Protector – Many riders do not use protection for their back and spine, which in my view is very wrong. Today it is possible to get thin, lightweight protectors with proper heat transportation that can be used either inside your shirts or outside. Make sure it fits tight to your body and dont buy them too big. As with the helmet make sure that the interior can be damaged by your heat, sweat, sun and rain, and buy a new one for each season.
Gloves – many do not regard gloves as a security items, but when training many hours and during competition you need proper hand-wear with at least leather in the palms and fingers. You could buy cycling gloves without fingers to keep heat down. The gloves will protect you from burn marks after many kilometers of holding the horse, and also they can aid your grip and control of the horse. Both Adidas and Nike make lightweight leather gloves which is ideal for endurance racing.
For training I typically use normal running heat/cold gear by Nike, Adidas and Under Armour. It is important you feel comfortable and use items without stitches that could scratch your legs or body severely under long trainings and races. Running pants are also good, as these can be bought to keep either cool or warm. In some cases I have been using regular horse riding pants from Horze or CRW (Hooks) depending of weather forecast, rain and heat.
Remember to bring a warm soft sweatshirt or jacket for the breaks in your training or between the loops to keep warm – as soon as you get off from the horse there is a high risk of you getting cooled down, and catching a cold or similar.
No matter what pants I wear, I always wear long riding socks – thin ones – to protect my leg, ankle and feet. They also protect the horse if your pants have a zipper or stitching in the bottom of the leg.
In endurance riding you should not wear heels – or regular horse riding footwear. Instead you should use running shoes – light – comfortable – thin fabrics that can dry up quickly. Both Nike and Adidas has many kind of excellent footwear for this purpose, and you should just try a couple out to see what works. In a season I use around 2 pairs of shoes only for this purpose.
Again it is about protection – for your eyes – and your skin. I use either sunglasses or clearview glasses at all times on the horse. The sun is truly a devil in disguise and can damage your vision badly if your ride a lot. Also wind, sand, dust and insects is often a problem to riders – so just buy them and wear them.
Sunblock – it is sticky, can scratch when you sweat – but you will hate it, if you forgot to cover your face with sunblock. Dont use oil based sun blocker and please look and make sure it does not contain plastic or parabene.
I have great use of a Buff neckwear in marino wool. It keeps the worst of the wind out – dust as well – and you can breath easily and lighter with this on. You can get many kinds and sorts of Buff, so check them out and see what fits you. Dont buy them too large – it will drop from your face if it is too big.
I recently bought a Polar M430 watch with a Equine H7 horse heartbeat monitor. Never regretted that for a second. The watch can monitor your own condition while the Equine H7 will watch over your horse health while riding. All the data can be transmitted to the following cars so your trainer – or in my case my dad – can read and make the right strategy for water supplies and breaks during the race.
If you got a Equine H7 monitor make sure to make it wet before the race and during the race – otherwise it will not work well. In some cases you might need to shave the horse where the monitor is placed. The monitor is quite small but fits on a belt you put around the horse.
Both items uses GPS signal for tracking your progress, and you can sync with Polar Flow apps and Endomondo and other workout apps.
The watch can be used for more than 300 different types of sports – also different horse disciplines.
Most endurance riders is seen with a Setzi saddle, and this is also my preferred choice for a race. The Setzi saddle gives a lighter and smaller pressure on the horses back, and you will also find the design of the saddle made in a way that the horse do not get too hot. In many countries it is common to pick a saddle where the rider is sitting comfortable, but reality is that you can sit as comfortable as you want, if your horse doesn’t make it to the finishline. There is absolutely no need for a sofa if your own health and fitness is good, as you in any case will stand up most of the time while in the saddle. So, get out there and do some exercises and get in shape, so your horse dont have to carry too much weight around.
Saddle pads can be used as well to soften the pressure on the horse, but do not buy a huge one – just one that covers the pressure points of the saddle – nothing more. Keep your horse cool and give it a good massage afterwards.
With the saddle you can also get thin lightweight bridles that will ease the horse during the race. The mouth pieces has to be able to detach easily so the horse can get water quickly as well as food. Most optimal solution is a bridle without a mouthpiece – like a Micklem Rambo bridle.
For endurance racing you should always make sure to useopen stir-ups for non-heel shoes. I prefer to use the ones that are closed in the front and made of plastic on top/front and metal in bottom. The lighter the better and less metal that can scratch the horse!
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