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        01-01-2011, 08:38 PM
    Shabutie1990 I'm in the same boat! I decided that with a new job to support myself its time to finally start lessons. I only called up two places, one that I found by checking out listing online and checking reviews, and other place that was referred by my hair stylist (they know everyone in a small town!- plus her daughters show horses, so I was pretty sure she was a good place to start). The place I found online I called up, spoke briefly with the owner/instructor, but she was busy and said she would call back- she never did. I crossed her off my list... but the second place, the one that was referred to me, I had a nice long talk with the owner/instructor and with any luck my first lesson is Tuesday- weather permitting. My best advice is to ask around, and see if someone doesn't get recommended to you that way.
    My problem is boots! If I do have a lesson on Tuesday, I just haven't had the time to find a pair that works. Do you all think that she would be upset/not let me ride if I showed up in tennis shoes? I'm thinking that paddock boots would be my best option right now, and I was wondering if anybody knows about these boots? Dover Saddlery | Ladies' Saxon Equi-Leather™ Lace Paddock Boot.
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        01-01-2011, 09:43 PM
    Tuesday :) I wish I had a lesson so soon! Im currently waiting for my driving test which is the end of january before I can start my lessons. Theres no way I can afford driving and riding lessons together. I start a new job on the 10th so this year should be full :) could you not buy a pair of rubber riding boots? I know I said they were a little tight but theyd be a great cheap alternative I payed £6 for a brand new pair of cottage craft tall boots on ebay. They are £30 in shops. Sites like ebay seem to have good deals on
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        01-01-2011, 09:44 PM
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    New riders! Welcome to the world of horses and it will be so fun to hear how things are going for you.

    I , too, recommend paddock boots and half chaps. Riding western one doesnt' need tall boots, but in an English saddle, if you don't have half chaps or tall boots, your calf will be repeatedly pinched by the stirrup leather as you post to the trot.

    I don't like rubber tall boots bacause they have zero ankle support and give zero protection for your tootsies if you get stepped on.
    Ariat is a great brand and they last a long time, so consider it an investment. Their cobalt line is excellent. Any paddock boot in black will work for hunter or dressage. Half chaps range a lot in price. I am not as familiar with them only to say that they tend to stretch so order on the small size, when in doubt.

    If you can't get boots before your first lesson, have you any shoe with a heel of any type? I would also avoid shoes that have a heavy cleat to them, like a hiking boot type. I see some cowboy boots that have cleats onthe bottom and think "no!" Too easy to get stuck in stirrup.
        01-01-2011, 09:46 PM
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    Oh, I forgot to say the most important thing!! If you can, go an observe a lesson. For me, the way that the instructor communicates with the class/student is the most important thing. Can they make themselves clear? Do they use positive feedback or only critisize?

    Will you be doing private or group lessons.? How much do such lessons cost in the UK?
        01-01-2011, 09:51 PM
    Im hoping private, im thinking one on one will be good for me. Il get more attention. Its £20 for 40 minutes of private or £12 for group lessons for an hour in my local riding school. That seems to be the best value for money. The riding school im talking about seems to have quite a few teens that ride there so id rather not get caught up in the saga of it all. I think id learn more in 40 mins private than I would an hour group.
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        01-01-2011, 09:57 PM
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    I think you have a good point. I do hate Barn Dramas. Good luck to you! I am sure you will be utterly lovestruck with this lifestyle . Get ready to empty your wallet.
        01-01-2011, 10:10 PM
    Thanks for the advice tinyliny! I do have a pair of fashion boots that darn near fit the bill, small heal, no raised tread, slightly rigid over the toe, but I'm not sure how they would actually work as riding boots in a pinch. My plan is to take both tennis shoes and the boots and she can tell me which she prefers when I get there. I'm not afraid to put the money on expensive boots, but I kind of want to wait on getting nice boots of any kind until I've been riding a bit and know just what I want to do. I'm thinking hunter of some type, but that's putting the cart before the horse, pardon the pun. I'm looking for a pair that will last a few months until I know more about what I want to do... and I won't feel bad about putting in the back of the closet when I do decide. Thankfully, the place I'll be starting is paid by the lesson, and they are very affordable, so if I don't like it, I can walk with few consequences.
    @Shabutie1990 Driving lessons are something I am so happy to have behind me. Thankfully where I live driving school costs are covered by somebody else(I guess the state?) so long as the student is enrolled in a public high school. No matter who paid for them, the classroom part was boring and the hands on driving made me into a wreck. I hated it. Best of luck on your test! I so narrowly passed mine- actually, I still have no idea how I managed it.
        01-01-2011, 10:56 PM
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    Regarding the boots you linked, the Saxon ones, they look just fine for a starter boot. It is not real leather, so good; easy care bad; sweaty feet!

    The Ariat allaround II half chaps are $39 dollars and are really good.
        01-01-2011, 11:21 PM
    Thanks for your opinion tinyliny! I'll take your recommendation on the half chaps too.

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