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  • Should i buy a pair of tall boots even though i aready have half chaps and paddock boots

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    11-13-2011, 01:55 PM
  #21
Weanling
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Originally Posted by polkadotsx    
Hi, I am really excited to say, that after alot of begging and research, I am allowed to do horse lessons! I am so excited! I will be starting after christmas, so I have plently of time to save, and.... I have money for 2 lessons already.

My instructor said she does english horseback riding, and I was just wondering what the difference was?

Thanks!
Every post I read so far have given VERY good advice.

You certainly want to be the person who wants to take care of the horse instead of just riding him/her. I've seen SO many riders who don't want to put in any effort actually caring for the horse (grooming, hanging out, etc) which is super frustrating because those things will help you bond.

Be willing to learn and DO NOT be afraid to speak up if you're uncomfortable with something. It's better to back down and let your instructor know you need more time to work up to that point than to rush yourself and end up getting hurt. Horses can feel your emotion, so they'll know something's up.

I personally ride English, so I'll vouch for that discipline. I'm pretty biased. Haha.

Good luck! I hope you have fun! :)
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    11-13-2011, 02:15 PM
  #22
Yearling
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Originally Posted by polkadotsx    
Thanks for letting me know about the boots!
I would LOVE to get some breeches, but im not sure as of where to look.

Thank you so much! This has turned out to be very helpful!
I'm sure your town/city has a tack shop. Basically a tack shop is a place that sells everything for the horse and rider. If you live in the middle of no where, then there are plenty of online tack shops with decent pricing... and don't forget eBay! Some wicked deals on there.

USA:

http://www.doversaddlery.com
http://www.smartpakequine.com

Canada:

http://www.greenhawk.net
     
    11-13-2011, 08:22 PM
  #23
Foal
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Originally Posted by jinxremoving    
I'm sure your town/city has a tack shop. Basically a tack shop is a place that sells everything for the horse and rider. If you live in the middle of no where, then there are plenty of online tack shops with decent pricing... and don't forget eBay! Some wicked deals on there.

USA:

Dover Saddlery - Quality English Horse Tack & Horse Supplies for the Equestrian.
Horse Supplements, Equestrian Clothing & Horse Tack - SmartPak

Canada:

http://www.greenhawk.net
I have had a look at Greenhawk, and they are really expensave! Im 13 and not made on money, so I don't knwow what to do about that...I really want to start lessons, but I am devoted and am ok with having to wait, should I buy some things first?
     
    11-13-2011, 09:35 PM
  #24
Yearling
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Originally Posted by polkadotsx    
I have had a look at Greenhawk, and they are really expensave! Im 13 and not made on money, so I don't knwow what to do about that...I really want to start lessons, but I am devoted and am ok with having to wait, should I buy some things first?
You don't need breeches to start. As long as the barn provides helmets, and you seem to have a decent pair of boots than you should be OK. You can always buy breeches and other items later on or ask for Christmas. :)
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    11-13-2011, 09:48 PM
  #25
Green Broke
I'm not going to go over what everyone else has already said so well.

The heel on those boots is fine, I would however be worried about the zip up the inside of the leg. The zipper may scratch the saddle (I wouldnt be to happy about that) and they may also pinch your leg which would make it quite uncomfortable for you.

If you have boots without a zip up the inside then they would be better
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    11-13-2011, 10:07 PM
  #26
Yearling
I'm worried about the boots, too. The heel is OK. But I think that the zipper on the inside of the calf is going to scratch the tack - and the stirrup leathers are going to scratch the boots. I also suspect that you'll find it very uncomfortable. Boots with that kind of sole - not with the chunky lug sole that your winter boots have - and that height of heel, without a zipper on the inside, would be the best.

Even before the breeches, you might want to invest in a pair of paddock boots and half-chaps. This will definitely not mess up the tack (or your boots) and be a lot more comfortable. Paddock boots are short boots with the right kind of sole and heel - they are designed for riding. They're usually a little above the ankle, and they either lace up, or zip up.

Like this:
http://www.doversaddlery.com/images/300/38508.jpg

You wear them with a pair of half-chaps. These are like sleeves that fit over your leg from the knee down. They usually have a strap that goes on over your boot, right in front of the heel, and they go up to your knee, and most of them zip - on the *outside* of the leg. Most of them also have a reinforced spot on the inside of the leg where the stirrup leathers are going to hit your leg. They go on over your pants.

This is a picture of someone wearing paddock boots and half-chaps. It looks like she's just wearing tall riding boots, but if you look closely at the picture you can see the strap that goes under her boot.

http://www.doversaddlery.com/images/300/35317.jpg

Paddock boots + half-chaps gives you everything you need to ride English until you want to start showing or decide it's time to invest in a pair of high boots. Your folks will be happy because this is much cheaper than the tall boots, and when your foot grows, you can replace the boots and keep the chaps (and if your leg grows, you can replace the chaps and keep the boots). If I had a kid who was taking riding lessons this is what I would want them to wear. It's also what I wear myself. :) I've also found this arrangement to be easier for me to find a set that fits properly than it would be to find that in tall boots, and I find them a LOT more comfortable than the tall boots I have for riding in the winter.

Breeches are sized by your waist - you would measure that, and then look for a pair of breeches that has that same size. They all fit kind of differently, though, so if there is a tack shop near you, you should think about going over there and trying on a few pairs so that you will know what style/brand/size fits you properly. For me, I've tried maybe 6 different kind of breeches, but the only ones that fit me right are Tuffrider low-rise breeches, even though I am trying on the same size in all the different brands. And even then, Tuffrider non-low-rise breeches don't fit me as well even though it is the same size and the same manufacturer. So it is definitely worth spending a little time trying stuff on.
     
    11-13-2011, 11:04 PM
  #27
Foal
Wow, that's alot of writing! Thanks I will deffinitaly be asking for some for christmas and start saving!
     

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