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post #1 of 13 Old 07-16-2012, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Where to buy English Riding Clothes

Hi I am going to start taking dressage lessons in a couple months (I have never ridden english ) and my trainer is requesting that I come in proper english attire. We have 2 tack stores here and both carry very little if anything in the way of english clothes. They would be happy to order in for me of course but if I have to get it ordered I may as well do it myself. Are there any good on line stores that sell english clothes ? I know I need breeches and a jacket but what kind of tops do people wear under the jacket?? Should I get tall boots or short paddock boots and half chaps? I will never be showing I am just doing this to improve my riding and for fun
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-16-2012, 01:21 PM
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I know nothing about dressage attire, but I can tell you that you can find good stuff on craigslist and ebay and amazon. Another good idea to is to ask your trainer about people selling clothing. I bought my daughters show helmet for $20 (it's orginially $98) from our barn. Someone grew out of it and asked her trainer to consign it. She also had some really nice boots but they didn't fit. :(

Another thing, ask your trainer what she means by "proper English attire". Maybe you assume she means the whole outfit when really she would be fine with proper boots and breeches. If that's the case then you just need a polo shirt or even a t shirt tucked in would be fine.
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Good Idea I never thought of that
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post #4 of 13 Old 07-16-2012, 01:31 PM
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I would reccomend

Horse Supplies, Dewormers, Equine Supplements & Tack - Horse.com
the prices are alright, and the shipping is awesome!

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the items are so cheap, but they get you on the shipping >.> tricky people..

Horse Supplies, Horse Tack, Horse Sheets, Fly Sheets and much more from Schneider Saddlery
Scneider's Saddlery. I love, love, love their stuff. They're pricy, but you can find some good deals

Dover Communications
nice, but freaking expensive.


I don't know how "proper" you need to get but..
here's a list
breeches (my favorite brand is tuffrider, they're so comfortable, durable, and the price is great!)
boots (tall or paddock)
^ in my opinion I have paddock boots and chaps for every day riding, I only have boots for shows^
A helmet! is a must! (I recommend IRH for quality and comfort)
Shirt a normal T should be okay.

oh and for breeches, since it's just lessons, I would say just get schooling breeches. Whether they are full-seat or kneepatch really doesn't matter
TuffRider Ladies Cotton Schoolers - Horse.com

^ I have a pair of those, and so does my friend
We absolutely love them. I ride almost every day, and they last awesomely! Very comfy!

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You need a jacket... for lessons!? whaaa!!!
Do you have a salvation army near you or thrift store?
I got my shoe coat for 8 dollars!

My first show since I was 6!!

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Thank you so much Lexiie . I am checking those links out right now !!!
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No problem!!

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Schneider's doesn't have the greatest English tack/attire; their primary focus is on Western and Arabian tack. I would look first and foremost at Smartpak Equine (anything over $75 ships free and their prices are unbeatable). After that I would try Dover Saddlery.

You do NOT need a jacket or show shirt for everyday lessons. A polo works fine for most instructors/barns, and you can find those anywhere for cheap. I would go with half chaps and paddock boots as tall boots are a pain in the arse for everyday riding. Make sure you have a belt for your breeches if they have loops.
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Hi I am going to start taking dressage lessons in a couple months (I have never ridden english ) and my trainer is requesting that I come in proper english attire. We have 2 tack stores here and both carry very little if anything in the way of english clothes. They would be happy to order in for me of course but if I have to get it ordered I may as well do it myself. Are there any good on line stores that sell english clothes ? I know I need breeches and a jacket but what kind of tops do people wear under the jacket?? Should I get tall boots or short paddock boots and half chaps? I will never be showing I am just doing this to improve my riding and for fun
If you won't show you don't really need a special pricey jacket bought in "horse store". If it's cold any jacket from local Walmart (or whatever you guys have there) for $20 will do the trick. Same with the shirt for warm weather - you don't need any special, just go with something comfortable and cheap.

I'd say you have to look for breeches, helmet, boots, and gloves. With boots - it depends. Personally I prefer tall boots over the short paddock, but it's just me. Quality paddock + halfchaps probably will be about same price as good tall boots (BTW, I ride in Mt Horse).

As for stores you can look into:

Adams Horse Supplies - Adams Horse and Pet Supply (they just had sales on breeches)
Dover Saddlery - Quality English Horse Tack & Horse Supplies for the Equestrian. (look at their Clearance - I got very nice breeches there for cheap)
Victory Canter English Tack & Apparel

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I love SmartPak- free shipping over $75 and free return shipping for all sized items, which is a must for buying clothes over the internet!

I've never heard of anyone being required to wear a jacket for schooling. I'd think breeches (either knee patch or full seat), tall boots or paddock boots w/ half chaps, a tucked-in polo shirt, gloves and a helmet would be acceptable almost anywhere. But then again, I've never had an instructor that had any kind of dress code, either.
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