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    06-14-2010, 09:27 AM
Switching to English, need help with apparel

I'm switching over from Western to English riding and want to compete in eventing, so I'm looking for a horse. But what apparel will I need for each of the three parts of eventing? And what will work well for just trail riding? Lessons? Boots as well. Do you reccomend buying a pair of tights/breeches (which one? What color) for show and having Another pair for lessons and trail riding? Thanks,
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    06-14-2010, 10:20 AM
Well! I'll tell you what I had when I evented:
Dressage - white shirt (I bought short sleeve because I have a big hate on for everyone who takes their coat off when it gets hot. I think it looks ugly and stupid.) with stock, black (or for lower levels, navy) coat, white (or for lower levels, beige) breeches, black belt, and Ariat Crowne Pro field boots. Oh and of course your helmet & black (or white) gloves!
Cross country - Long sleeve navy tshirt, with our farm name written down the sleeves. Navy eventing vest. Beige breeches, belt, same field boots. Helmet! Gloves, as well as an eventing watch (not necessary for lower levels).
Show jumping - colored show shirt (not necessary, you can wear your white, but I had a really nice magenta one with a monogrammed collar I liked to break out for this phase.) Black (or navy) coat. Gloves, beige or white breeches, belt, boots, helmet, gloves.
You will also need a hairnet and a medical armband.
I recommend the Ariat Crowne Pros if you can afford em, and I also recommend getting show/schooling breeches. If you want, buy the expensive breeches for show, and just buy schooling tights.
    06-14-2010, 11:19 AM
If you going to show I'd get show cloth and schooling cloth. Usually show cloth is more fancy (and expensive), and you don't really want to use it on every day basis. IMHO of course (as I get cheap stuff for every day riding - both my horses make me dirty in matter of mins by sneezing at me or laying the head on). If you are really short on money you can always consider used show cloth (well, except the helmet, always go with the new one). BTW I use same breeches and boots on trail as I do in ring - works just fine (I use english saddle for trail riding though).
    06-14-2010, 02:28 PM
Green Broke
Well for shows I had

Dressage: ME: White breeches, White show shirt (I recomend Goode Rider, SO comfy!), Stock Tie (get a pre-tied one with velcro, so much easier!), a stock pin, my black feild boots (Ariats, I HIGHLY recomend them!), Black Show Coar, and my Charels Owen Hampton Hat. I also use a hairnet in my hair. Wear black gloves ALWAYS unless your hands are perfectly still! If they arn't the judge sees the woboly hands alot more in white gloves! I also wear a spur in dressage and sometimes carry a dressage crop.
HORSE: Black bridle and loose ring bit (always double check to make sure your bit is aproved! Last minute tack changes arn't fun!), black dressage saddle, and white pad. I also use a black breastplate in dressage because I feel it just polishes the whole look off :)

Cross Country: Me: Black polo shirt, black tights, royal blue vest (get a certifed one, I'm planning on getting a Rodney Powell), Boots, my black Skull cap, spurs, whip (Don't go into battle unarmed!), gloves (I like SSG's). A watch is also nice to have if you know how to have your minute markers and how to ride your pace correctly (something your trainer will help with!). A medical armband is also manditory.
Horse: Saddle and bridle (duh), blue saddle blanket, 5 point breastplate, woof boots (taped), and bell boots.

Stadium Jumping: Black coat, white or beige pants, white show shirt and stock tie, feild boots, and armband again. I wear my skull cap in SJ because it's jumping and I want to protect that noggin better than in dressage. Again, I wear spurs and carry a crop. I also have my hair up in a net for SJ and wear gloves (black).
Horse: Same as XC only I use Woof Open fronts and bell boots and a white saddle blanket insted of blue.

For schooling and trail rides, I wear riding tights (usually Kerrits, best brand IMO), and a tee shirt and sports bra or a tank top. In the winter I will wear a hoodie and fleece lined breeches. Some brands that I like are:
Goode Rider
Devon Aire
    06-14-2010, 06:22 PM
Thanks guys! I'm getting antsy to find a horse so I can start with lessons.....right now the only riding horses I own are a gaited gelding who rides either way but isn't technically trained English, and a tb mare who's in training right now who had a slab fracture, surgery, and can't jump because of it. Sooo I'm looking for a horse lol
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    06-14-2010, 11:16 PM
Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Thanks guys! I'm getting antsy to find a horse so I can start with lessons.....right now the only riding horses I own are a gaited gelding who rides either way but isn't technically trained English, and a tb mare who's in training right now who had a slab fracture, surgery, and can't jump because of it. Sooo I'm looking for a horse lol
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I've seen gaited horse once, which was a very good jumper. So you just never know...
    06-14-2010, 11:20 PM
Green Broke
It's not the jumping that would be the issue, it'd probably be the dressage
    06-14-2010, 11:24 PM
Dressage, coupled with his age (22) and I've tried jumping him but he just doesn't like it. So he's going to be my sisters little dead-broke trail horse! Hehe
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    06-14-2010, 11:32 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
It's not the jumping that would be the issue, it'd probably be the dressage
horseexpo1 I was wondering about it while back and that's what my local gaited people sent me.

Yeah, 22 is probably a little too old to just start in eventing...
    06-15-2010, 05:33 AM
Seems like everyone has got you covered on advice :) One thing I might add though is if you can find some grey breeches and a pair of cheap half chaps for practice it works wonders. Anytime I wear my show boots to practice they end up scuffed up and my show breeches are light tan so they end up turning the tiniest bit of dirt into a big mess.

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