Should I buy equestrian tack from a store or online?

Although shopping online has become increasingly popular in the past years, some people still prefer to go to physical stores. Some simply prefer interaction, browsing, and being able to get the purchase with them immediately. So, as an equestrian, we often face the same question: should we buy tack online or at a store?

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Buying tack at a store has its benefits

When it comes to buying tack for your horse, you have to know if it fits. Some things, such as blankets and saddle pads, you can easily buy online as long as you know the size you need.

The following tack you can easily buy online, as long as you know the correct size:

  • Blankets
  • Boots and polos
  • Saddle pads
  • Stirrups
  • Crops
  • Gloves

Among other things. However, many people prefer to buy certain other things at a physical store. For instance, the following tack:

  • Bridles
  • Saddles
  • Riding boots and shoes
  • Helmets
  • Safety vests

Not all leather is the same. Some are softer, some harder. This is why many people prefer to buy their bridles and saddles, as well as riding boots, at a tack store. You can feel the leather and see if you really like it. Also, when it comes to tall riding boots, it is important that they really fit. Many riders rather try on the boots to make sure that the width and height of the boot are correct.

Helmets and safety vests are a big part of your safety when riding. Making sure that your helmet and safety vest fit is simply something that many riders prefer to do at a store. Granted, you can always order these also online, but should they not fit, you will have to return them and order a different size. Some prefer not having to deal with this hassle.

But online shopping is easy, fast, and convenient

As we mentioned, many tacks can be purchased online and you will not even need to try them on first. As long as you know the size of blankets, gloves, and so on, you can make a purchase online. Also, riders often buy safety stirrups online as it is much more convenient and fast.

You can choose the tack you want, add it in the cart, and finish your purchase. The order will arrive in your mailbox in a few days and you are good to go.

You should note, though, that when ordering tack online, you may need to return some items. For instance, if you do not like the color, or if the size is not right. Before placing an order, ensure that you can return the purchase and exchange it to the correct size without a hassle.

(Psst! Not to brag, but we have a 60-day money-back guarantee on our Ophena stirrups!)

Remember to read reviews

Before you purchase any tack online, remember to take a look at the reviews of the product. Most sites allow their customers to write reviews: take a look at them and also compare similar products online.

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