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post #1 of 47 Old 06-10-2013, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Male English Riders Thread

Gentlemen, this is our thread. Let us aggregate and form a union, a union of respectable gentlemen learning how to ride and riding in the most elegant fashion; English. Whether it be for Polo, Dressage, Racing, or whatever, this be our domain. We shall discuss whatever needs be discussed, from posh attire to feces. Let the counsel begin!
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Are these pants good?




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White is typically reserved for shows, at least in my region. A more common color for breeches when schooling (at lessons or casual rides around the barn) are beige, tan or black. For your first lessons you should more be sure you have proper footware. With breeches, riders, men and women alike, typically wear tall boots or paddock/field boots with half chaps. Those combinations can all really add up price wise however so you will most likely want to wait to invest. Riding in comfortable jeans and a fairly skinny boot with a low heel is more then acceptable.


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White is typically reserved for shows, at least in my region. A more common color for breeches when schooling (at lessons or casual rides around the barn) are beige, tan or black. For your first lessons you should more be sure you have proper footware. With breeches, riders, men and women alike, typically wear tall boots or paddock/field boots with half chaps. Those combinations can all really add up price wise however so you will most likely want to wait to invest. Riding in comfortable jeans and a fairly skinny boot with a low heel is more then acceptable.


Edit: Just throwing out there that I am female, since my screen name is fairly neutral lol. I think you're over thinking your wardrobe. Relax and have fun!
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So will I have to get boots before the first lesson?
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So will I have to get boots before the first lesson?
Most instructors or lesson barns will not let you ride at all - not even the first lesson - without a boot with a heel to prevent your foot from sliding through the stirrup. It's a safety-concern.

I always buy boots for myself and the whole family used on eBay. We all love the Ariats, and we know they fit right, and we know our sizes in them, so why not. I usually get Ariat paddock boots for any of us for about $20-$40 a pair.

You want boots first. If you have something with a heel, just use that the first lesson. You can get paddock-boots later once you know you want to continue riding. Second thing you will want to get is a helmet. Usually the barn will give you a loaner for the first few lessons, but they usually don't fit your head right, so you'll eventually want your own that fits right.

Boots and helmet are the only thing you really need. Everything else (breeches, half-chaps, etc) just adds to your comfort and is no hurry.
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Feria put it great. You will definitely want to find boots before your first lesson if at all possible. A boot or shoe not made for riding may be too fat for the stirrup, especially an English stirrup, and could get stuck. Having a foot caught in the stirrup during a fall is a big risk for injury.

I found my pair of paddock boots at a consignment shop, they'd been used maybe once, for a great price. If your lesson is coming up before you can have something shipped from online you should look for a tack store near you. Most stores, or even your future instructor for that matter, will be happy to answer questions you have about riding gear.

The barn you take lessons at will most likely have helmets for you to borrow in the beginning but you'll definitely want to get your own before too long. In a lesson setting, especially for beginners you can bet to be expected to wear a helmet.
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I think I will contact the instructor because I might not even like riding (though I'm 94% sure I will). So if I can borrow boots that would be a lot better.
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They may exist but I can't imagine a lesson program stocking enough pairs of riding boots to lend them to students. Especially in large enough sizes for an adult male. Asking the instructor before hoping they'll have something to borrow is a good idea.

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That link will hopefully take you to a typical pair of paddock boots. I didn't shop around for price more just that's the type of heel/sole needed for riding. If you already own something that looks like that and don't mind getting them dirty they may work for the first lessons or so.
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You guys know any slightly cheaper alternative to Ralph Lauren for polos?
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