Buying equestrian equipment

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The DoneDeal guide to buying equestrian equipment


  • Inspect saddles, reins, stirrups, etc. for wear on the stitching and on the leather.
  • Make sure the leather has not gone hard or dry.
  • The softer the leather the better.
  • Only buy helmets and body protectors that have recognised safety marks such as Kitemarks.
  • Always ask the seller questions about both equipment and horse, especially the reasons for sale.
  • Sellers only have to give the information asked of them.