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post #261 of 296 Old 07-01-2013, 01:36 AM
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Hunters tend to wear tan or greenish beige breeches with knee patches for showing and often schooling while dressage riders tend to wear darker, full-seat breeches for schooling and clinics (navy, brown, black, grey, etc.). I have no idea why the colour norms have developed. The type of patches you have (knee vs. full-seat) is based on function. Dressage riders tend to like the stickiness of full-seats since we want to sit deep in our saddles. But some hunters/jumpers prefer full-seats and some dressage riders like knee patches.

Don't wear white gloves for schooling.

Brown tack is out of fashion in dressage. Some people have been saying it's making a comeback for years now but I haven't seen it. So if you're in the market for a secondhand dressage saddle, a brown one can usually be had for less than an identical version in black. Different nosebands, browbands, padding colours are in fashion at different times - dropped nosebands are considered a bit old fashioned where I am, as are black bridles with white padding.

Brown boots are generally for schooling and clinics only, although some people are getting more adventurous with colours for showing.

At some barns, both dressage and hunter/jumper, you are expected to wear polo shirts and belts all the time while others are super casual and you can pretty much roll out of bed in your pajamas. Some barns, like mine, expect you to use only white or black saddle pads and boots/wraps. Hunters tend to go more crazy with their colours from what I have seen, although there are certainly dressage riders with wild colour combinations. Brands and fashion *in general* seem to be a bigger deal among hunters while I would have no idea what brand of breeches or coats or boots my stablemates wear except for the fact that we give each other recommendations for things to buy or do group orders from Calevo sometimes. Not that there aren't brand crazy people in dressage, but it's nothing like I have seen in hunter/jumpers where fashion trends seem to move faster and to take hold fiercely.

Everyone's first priority is riding at my barn, but we spend so much time together and it is natural to become close. It is a little bit of a club. We watch each other's lessons, which can be a great way to support each other and also learn outside of your own lesson. However, sitting in on lessons is discouraged at some barns and some people don't like having other people watch them ride. We also travel to shows just to watch our stablemates compete.
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post #262 of 296 Old 07-01-2013, 02:29 AM
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sides spliting.

hiya bms I have got to tell you I split my sides laughing in deed.
Do you think he is ready to be thrust in to the world of rideing mares or is he stuck with gildings.
I will say this I lost my 13 hh blue eyed blond haired babe 2 years a go now she was a cremello.
I must admit though quincy is a gilding and so is tricky lol.
But hay I made the break with snowy and tammy rip my 2 girls.
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So I don't have a discipline other than regular english. What should I wear to lessons once my instructor wants me to get proper attire?

What do you wear to english lessons?
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^I like that horse. I want that horse.
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post #265 of 296 Old 07-01-2013, 10:26 AM
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So I don't have a discipline other than regular english. What should I wear to lessons once my instructor wants me to get proper attire?

What do you wear to english lessons?
Breeches, one's that aren't skin tight for guys. You will also want either leather half chaps with paddock boots or tall boots. I would wait to make sure you're fully committed before buying tall boots but f you think you're in this for the long haul than tall boots are the way to go.


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post #266 of 296 Old 07-01-2013, 10:40 AM
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A barn isn't a club. You go to learn to ride, for the horses, not too much for the people, although they're important in that they will help you.
That's the truth! Barns, especially really competitive show barns, can be worse than high school when it comes to drama.

My advice to the OP, as you start to meet people at the barn and know them by name... stay out of the drama. Do not repeat anything negative they say about anyone else. Try and always stay partial to every argument, even ones that are incredibly stupid and you have a strong opinion about. It's so easy to get sucked into the drama, more so if you're a younger rider since it's usually the teenagers causing it.


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So I don't have a discipline other than regular english. What should I wear to lessons once my instructor wants me to get proper attire?

What do you wear to english lessons?
Ask your instructor. They may or may not want you to wear certain things. They will probably say boots for sure but they may be fine with just jeans and a t shirt.
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^I like that horse. I want that horse.
You have good taste in horses. Put a photo of one like that (with permission or from a magazine) on your wall. Might help keep you motivated for your future. I used to tell myself to "keep an eye on the prize."
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Update: I had my second lesson today. It went super well. It gets more fun each time I ride. I'm starting to get a little bit better at the posting trot.
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post #270 of 296 Old 07-03-2013, 03:23 PM
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Pics, pics, post pics... even it is asking your instructor to snap one after the lesson for proof We want to see..... ETA you have great taste in horse. You'll need to be a highly specialized Dr to be affording that one I suspect
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