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post #1 of 7 Old 05-29-2009, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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starting English riding lessons

Tuesday. is there anything I need to know before I go? or just go and listen to what they tell me?

should I go ahead and buy boots before I take my first lesson or wait until after the first lesson.

I do have a pair of regular cowboy boots but I know that's not what they wear for English riding.

I'm not interested in showing. I just LOVE horses. I rode when I was little. My mother and grandfather had horses until I was about 8. My grandfather got rid of the horses after the horse we had had a foal and got too jumpy and threw me. She wouldn't let anyone ride her anymore so he just kind of gave up.

I was never taught before ... just got on the horse and rode. Started from the time I could sit up in the saddle
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post #2 of 7 Old 05-29-2009, 08:57 PM
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Wait until your first lesson to see what the instructor says. They may not require you to buy the boots if you aren't showing. They can be pretty expensive. I've always just rode in regular cowboy boots and I ride English when I'm not riding bareback.

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post #3 of 7 Old 05-29-2009, 09:00 PM
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I suggest you call where you are taking the lesson and ask if you can wear cow boy boots, as some english barns do not premit it. Also just listen and you will learn. Personlly I don't think you should buy boots before the lesson because even though you think you love it you may not like it.

Maybe leave the boots bit for a few lessons and decided if you wan to continue riding before you go out and buy all the gear, as it can be very expensize.

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thanks for the info and the help

have a great day!
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post #5 of 7 Old 05-29-2009, 11:31 PM
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Have fun for your first english lesson!
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post #6 of 7 Old 05-30-2009, 11:11 PM
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i would call and ask them for their opinion! I find that most beginners have difficultly keeping their stirrup in a proper position when riding in cowboy boots, which makes it much harder to learn a correct leg position! Plus they usually have less ankle flexibility and support. I personally can't stand it when students come in with cowboy boots. In fact, i prefer the "fashion boots with a heel" to them. Either way, paddock boots are highly highly suggested! But Chinga had some great advice. You could try a lesson or two to make sure that's what you want to do before making a purchase. Have fun!
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post #7 of 7 Old 05-31-2009, 12:02 AM
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Just have fun!! are you planning on jumping in your future?

If you do stick with the English lessons that is.

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