I consider myself a pretty shrewd consumer when it comes to selecting gear for myself or for my horses — I don’t mind paying top dollar for the things I consider truly important to their health and well-being, but I love finding equipment and gear that looks great while being budget-friendly. As a recreational rider, if I can pull off a professional-looking outfit without paying professional-level prices, I’m a very happy camper.
Like the other Horze products I’ve reviewed and loved in the past, these gloves are constructed with great attention to the kind of details that equestrians will love: thumb and fingers are vented to avoid the dreaded summer glove sweat. The Velcro tab (complete with the snazzy “Z” Horze logo) is sturdy and wide — no worries about the tab springing open halfway through your ride.
The durable palm protects your hands whether you’re doing chores, out for a ride, lunging or any of the other myriad activities that are tough on our hands as equestrians (my personal style includes things like pushing thorny branches out of my way or perhaps holding on to a wayward calf and helping it through to the right side of the fence). Reinforced sections in the crook of the thumb and between the pinky and ring finger are just right for high-traffic rein areas while still allowing for plenty of feel.
Other details that set the Elisabeth glove apart are the palm and knuckle gussets that allow the glove to flex with your hand naturally. One of my big complaints with gloves is that they tend to be either bulky or reduce my fine-motor mobility, but the Elisabeth glove’s gussets let the glove move like it’s part of my hand. I never feel like I’m compromising my sense of feel.
The Elisabeth glove also comes in a unique tri-color style:
For recreational riding, schooling or informal showing, the Elisabeth Synthetic Leather Gloves are the perfect choice for savvy equestrians with an attention to detail and an appreciation for solid value. Order yourself a pair from Horze.com for $27.95.
Check out the rest of the Horze line of gloves to find the perfect match for your needs!