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post #1 of 14 Old 07-15-2010, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Finally Starting English! Few questions aswell!

Hey everyone finally got the go ahead and get english lessons! Oh I am so excited! I am going to a local show/lesson barn to learn on a school master. In time I want to do eventing or show jumping. Anyways I am not starting until later this summer/early fall. I have a few questions... Do most english barns ask for you to bring training breeches,boots ect.?
If I do need those things what do I look for? Tall boots shorts boots? (fat boots, skinny boots lol) Anything else I should do before hand or how to not look like a complete fool?
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-15-2010, 07:39 PM
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I would definetely recommend wearing the appropriate attire to a lesson, not just to look professional and serious, but for safety purposes as well.

I'd invest in a pair of breeches. Cheap ones come in the 30's-40's.
As for boots, I would get a pair of paddock boots and matching half-chaps. Most local shows will allow those. Eventually you'll want a pair of those long shiny boots you seen TV ;) But don't worry about that now. Those are expensive, and paddock boots/chaps will help keep you safe and have good contact/grip with the horse when you're starting.

I don't know what the barn requirements are, but most can range from T-shirts, to nice clothing. I'd wear a polo to be safe.
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post #3 of 14 Old 07-15-2010, 07:45 PM
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I would go for nice breeches, and tall black boots. But thats just me, haha, because i love the look of breeches and tall boots

have fun!

(oh and i would wear a polo, and tuck it in.... but make sure you have a skinny belt to fit through the belt loops on your breeches if you tuck your shirt in!)

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I would agree with that statement, IF you can afford it and IF you're competing (which you said you are ^^)
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-16-2010, 01:06 AM
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When you make the arrangements for the lessons, ask! Most likely a helmet will be required as well as boots with a proper heel, but everything else will vary.

For my first lesson, I was told a helmet, breeches or tights, paddock boots with half chaps or tall boots and riding gloves. As lessons progressed....the list of things I needed only got longer!
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-16-2010, 10:40 AM
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You might find you don't like english, so I wouldn't go ahead investing in breeches, expensive shoes etc. Most riding schools have helmets and shoes if you don't have your own - they're probably not very nice bit they'll do the job.

Also, wouldn't go straight for breeches and half chaps. Get a pair of simple jodhpur boots with elastic on the side to start with. All they need is a flat sole and a heel, you can pick them up pretty cheap in most tack stores. You can just ride in tight pants - that's what I do anyway and I've ridden english for years. I have nice jodhpurs that I wear to shows or training things but just for mucking around I just wear $10 tights. No real seam, black so they don't get dirty and they aren't very hot. They also have heaps of give. They might wear out quicker but in the long run they work out cheaper, because jodhpurs never seem to last me that long, and they always look a bit funny.

Its weird but once you ride with half-chaps/gaiters all the time its hard to ride without them. They sort of hold your leg in place without you needing to learn how to, and I notice people who have learnt in them don't seem to have such a firm leg position, learn without them and then if you want/need them invest in some good ones otherwise you'll go through them very quickly. I have a pair of Ariat boots and gaiter/chap things and I love them and they have lasted me a fair while, but I'd go through a few cheap ones a year.

You'll probably want gloves pretty soon, in english you ride with both hands and generally work on a light contact, but school horses have this terrible habit of ripping reins out of peoples hands and it hurts. They are worth getting a good, stretchy pair too. The ones with the little lumps for $5-$10 are terrible.

Besides that, wear a loose-ish t-shirt/polo shirt/jumer (not flappy loose), tie your hair back and that's about it.

Once you start riding you'll find out what you need.
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Lol I just wear skinny jeans and western boots when I ride english. It looks a bit funny but whatever XD

I've heard that many barns don't like students wearing jeans because the seams can rub the saddles. However, I ride in my own saddle so I don't worry about it.

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It depends on the perspective above as with halfchaps as well.

Jeans can make you feel slippery at first, and requires you to learn with an enhanced seat. Otherwise, breeches may be knee patch or full seat, which has various "grippy" materials. Some may think that this will hinder your ability to /learn/ to use your seat rather than gripping with your knees, but if you are just starting out you may feel uncomfortable wearing jeans.
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I just got tall boots for a really good price! and theyre not the like boots! i always ride in jeans, although id lllike to try some breeches, im not sure what your shows alow, but some of the shows in ohio allow you to ride in jeans. haha have fun! youll love it!

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Yes! I was slipping all over the place at first, but I got it eventually.

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