Equipment on a budget?
So I have been riding my whole life but I recently took a year break and my family thought we were done with horses for good (the economy had gone downhill and we had to send the horses away, plus the barn burned down) but I have started back up again now. Problem is, we sold all my things!!! We still don't have a ton of money. I kept my charles owen helmet, thank god. We have saddles, but none that fit my horse. For now we are using my trainer's western saddle which is big on him and once he is trained up more he will be meant for jumping for the most part.
My main problem at hand is finding good muck boots. We held on to some tall show boots and some shorter lesson boots, which is good. But this new barn I am going to has extreme mud that I work with the colt in. I need ones that are very versatile, waterproof and tall enough so that I don't get mud on my legs (at least a good height above the ankles), they need to have toe protection in case my toes get stepped on, and preferably OK to ride in. It is a lot to ask, I know. I am just wondering if any of you guys know anything like that for sale anywhere? The cheapest I can find is $80.
Anyways, besides that, are any of you on a riding budget? Do you know any tricks?