I buy a lot of my stuff used (used tack sales? Pure fabulousness. You can find some really nice stuff for cheap. Ex: A nice bridle + bit for $35). My grooming box is from the dollar store, as is my box that I keep first aid stuff in. Riding breeches? Ha - I'll stick with some thicker tights.
So no, not really creative - but I still spent a heck of a lot less than a good number of people I know.
Here we go, What does it look like when you show in:
IRH Helmet, new off of ebay $25
Showing shirt, Horselovers clearance $10
Gloves, borrowed from mother $0
Breeches, brand new, Horseware of Ireland $13
Boots Effingham long boots, barely worn, $100 of of ebay
Custom fitting of said boots for my fat legs $48 (and worth every penny)
Bridle, part of $35 box lot, have sold $35 worth of stuff so basically free
Bit, Myler snaffle, brand new from store, marked at $40, couldn't pass on that.
Saddle, VERY nice Stubben, valued by local store at over $1000, swapped for cart I bought for a lot less!!!
Horse, well $800 bought with money I put in a pot when I gave up smoking, so basically free!!
I'm just starting to Re-collect horse gear (stopped riding moved overseas...)
Brushes - yard sale - $7 a bit of disinfect and good to go
Saddle - kijiji - $150 Wintec Isabell Werth, just needed some TLC, pick up from the saddler tomorrow $30 for new leather patches and a stitch up.
Field Boots - horselovers - 89% off- $25
Lonsdale girth - horselovers - $24
Horse towels - free - I work at a hotel and we can't use stained towels
Currently looking online for more cheap stuff I need.
This weekend I found a pair of BRAND NEW pair of equistar boots at goodwill for 15$. My size and everything! Not even arena dust on them. Not the best brand in the world but still. Super excited about them
I can really only say that I was much more thrifty as a child. My mom worked 3 jobs and riding in Orange County was a joke. Waaaaay too much money spent on horses out here. So when I showed, I would show the jumpers because you only had to have a helmet that was approved and they didn't care what you wore as long as you looked presentable. So I wore those tall rubber boots, cheap lycra stirrup pants (yes, the 80's ones!), and a polo shirt! Haha! So i'm much older now and make quite a bit more money as a productive adult in society... but I still ride the jumpers cause hunters are, to this day, are still too stuffy and expensive!!