Choosing rider gear can be very fustrating, questioning, as well as expensive. Most riders choose gear for basicly, themselves. But that's not the way it goes. You need to choose gear that fits your horse, as well as you. Example are you riding english or western? If it's western, then you need to chose apropriate riding gear. A western saddle, which you need to know what your horse needs, Full QH bars, semi-QH bars, or is the saddle for an ariabian which then you have arabian saddles all by themselves. Once you pick out the right saddle (that firts your horse, if you're unexperienced talk to someone that has more horse knowledge). Then you move on the headstall also known as the bridal. Whether it be western or english, try to have it match your saddle but you certainly don't have to. Make sure it fits the horse good, not too snug, not too loose. Then you need a girl. Western or English. Make sure you know the right measurement you need aka size 30,33,40 or so on so forth. There are thousands of pads out there you just need to pick the right one that is more comfortable for your horse, as well as you. You don't want a pad too thick, but you don't want one too thin either. Preferably, I like the new tacky too saddle pads, plus they have an amazing grib so the saddle doesn't move.If you're talking about riding gear as in clothing, just let me know I'll answer. Wasn't sure if you thought of tack or clothing. Hope this helps!