LITTLE BLACK VEST
A stylish, well-designed black (or any other colour that tickles your fancy) vest is my must-have item when packing for a horse riding holiday no matter the destination. For the cooler climate rides the vest is perfect for layering with thermals underneath and a heavier jacket on top. And on the flip side for the hotter rides (think Namibia, Kenya, Botswana) a vest is something you can throw on for a early morning ride when the temperatures are still cool and you can easily peel it off and tie it to your saddle as the sun starts to bite.
Featured above is the Country Road puffer vest (now discontinued, but they still have a great puffer jacket!) which I’m swooning over. I particularly love it as it’s not too puffy! Does that make sense? If you’re not a fan of black choose a muted tone rather than your bright red or yellow if you’re riding in Africa. Rule of thumb when on safari to dress in subdued colours.
I’m keen to hear your thoughts, globetrotters, do you love the flexibility of a vest when on horseback?