Originally Posted by KansasPrincess
I've been riding Western since I was four years old. I'm sixteen now, and I've really been wanting to experience what English is like. I already have lessons set up with a local instructor, beginning next Tuesday, but I need some pointers.
First off, what do I wear? For Western, I can hop on in about anything. The traditional is jeans and cowgirl boots, though. Do I need to purchase paddock boots and breeches?
I'm hoping that eventually I'll be able to compete. I haven't decided exactly what I want to get into, but I'm leaning towards dressage or jumping. My instructor doesn't have any jumpers though, so that would come later.
This is like a whole new world to me... But I'm excited. Any tips on how to best succeed in this new decision is much appreciated!
Hey KP, welcome :)
You should ride in whatever you feel comfortable in. I have friends who ride english in jeans and cowboy/girl boots. I wouldn't personally buy new stuff until you have tried it out first... othewise if you decide to stick to western after all you will have wasted money. Personally, I ride in whatever is clean. That is normally leggings or breeches, paddock boots, gaiters (half chaps) and a polo shirt. Sort of like this, but actually on the horse. :) Capture.jpg
If you really want to look the part, you should be able to pick up a cheap pair of paddock boots as well as jodhpurs or breeches from your local horsey shop. Don't get white or cream, those are for shows. :)
A must have is a well fitting helmet. If you don't have one already, I would definitely be buying one.
It will take time and practise, like anything. Good luck!