I always wear gloves. They help when doing stable chores, if you don't know the horse you're riding well they help if that horse likes to yank the reins out of your hands, they help on long rides and even for short rides they are nice. They will also keep your hands warm throughout the winter- I used to ride without gloves in the winter, outside, and I would be getting numb and have to stop riding. Now I have no issues (though I do ride in an indoor arena now, but an unheated and slightly open one). Plus my violet colored gloves make my hands look super stylish.