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post #1 of 30 Old 08-12-2012, 03:40 PM Thread Starter
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What buy for lessons?

Hi again! I was curious what I needed to buy for my lessons. My instructor told me just to buy paddock boots and gloves. She said I can wear leggings until I can buy riding pants (breeches?). Should I buy anything else for now? TIA!
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post #2 of 30 Old 08-12-2012, 03:43 PM
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Paddock boots and gloves are for sure. Sounds like she's being pretty understanding letting you wear leggings, but you will want breeches eventually, as well as a pair of half chaps. Wear a nice shirt or polo, tucked in with a belt when you buy your breeches.
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post #3 of 30 Old 08-12-2012, 03:47 PM
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Definitely get breeches and half chaps, or tall boots instead of paddock boots if you can afford them. Without half chaps or tall boots, your legs will be sore. When I first started riding I wore jeans and the leather on the saddle would bruise my legs so bad! I can't imagine just wearing leggings.

Also don't forget a proper riding helmet! :)
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Yes, having your own helmet is always a very good idea. Some trainers/farms have loaners, but often they won't fit you correctly or won't be in the best condition- not to mention the possibility of bugs and such getting into them.
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I ride in all kind of cr*p for pants - never had an issue, although I do prefer breeches for the lessons and I use tall boots, not paddock (more comfortable IMHO). However I agree with paddock boots and gloves AND a fit helmet.

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I tell you what I bought for my lessons. I bought a peeked riding hat/helmet, some cheap jodhpurs (the cheapest I could find) you can get some from clearance sales, black gloves, I got half chaps and jodhpur boots (mainly because the long boots were so expensive!), I bought a body protector later on after about a year of lessons because I want to use it when I first learn to jump and I also want to do some cross country so I bought that - but you wont need it really.

Other than that I bought some rugby and polo shirts from dublin and other horsey brands lol!
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Definitely a helmet. Doesn't have to be super expensive and fancy, just something that's enough to keep your noggin safe. I currently have a helmet that costs a whopping $60 by Ovation, just because I really needed a helmet before I started lessons in the beginning of the summer.

Some type of tall boots and jodhpurs would definitely be good. I found that wearing any type of jeans would really hurt my legs and make them sore after I got done riding.
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post #8 of 30 Old 08-13-2012, 03:27 PM
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For just starting with lessons, I would suggest:

Helmet (ASTM/SEI certified)
Paddock boots
Half chaps (you can find some relatively inexpensive ones on statelinetack.com or doversaddlery.com)

Breeches would be preferable, but Lord knows 95% of the time I ride in jeans and tall boots! So I have no room to talk on the subject of appropriate leg wear. But definitely buy half chaps, or tall boots if you don't want to do the paddock boots AND half chaps. They will protect your legs from chafing and pinching from the stirrup leathers, and will provide extra support.

Personally, I don't ride in gloves. I can't feel my horse's mouth as well in gloves. Some people love them, some don't. It's personal preference.
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Good new helmet - Most reputable riding schools wont let you get on without one and I could not wear anything that had been on someone elses head
Paddock boots
Half chaps
For starters anything on your legs that's stretchy and not too thin - you can invest in some breeches later on
I like polo shirts myself - they are relaxed & comfortable but look tidy
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I cannot imagine anyone with insurance that doesn't want you wearing a helmet while you ride. Here is the most affordable one on the market:
Horse Supplies, Dewormers, Equine Supplements & Tack - Horse.com
If you fall and crack the helmet you REPLACE IT. ~$25.00 is a good insurance against a concussion or worse.
My mandatory list of equipment when I taught (1985-1994) was:
1) Helmet
2) Boots with a heel (so your foot won't run through the stirrup)
3) Long pants (good fitting jeans were fine for beginners)
4) Crop
5) Gloves (the cheapest were the stretchy ones with pebbling on the inside)
I still use those to groom my horse's faces and apply fly wipe to them bc they are friendly and gentle. I got ALL of my students to buy from (then mail-order, NOW online) horse-supply catalogs. I felt that everything that I asked them to buy was an investment in equipment to use if and when they bought their OWN horse. I also had a "red nail-polish club". I used to wear it to remind them to always wear their own gloves, and it caught on. Please do NOT wear earrings, and especially dangly ones when you ride. The mane is course and you can get it caught in the earring and rip your ear.
When I took Hunt-Seat lessons, we had to buy:
Helmet
Breeches
Boots
Gloves
Crop
Spurs
I ride in jeans, now, but after a few more months of successful dieting I'll be asking for full-seat breeches for Christmas! MWA, HA, HA!!!
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