03-19-2012, 04:36 PM
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Ditto on the good horsey friend. You can double as each other's grooms. If you plan ahead you won't be in the same classes together. Look for specials on your show stuff. Honestly, IMO, I'd start with the least expensive show coat and ratcatcher (hunter) and gloves. Just DON'T wear them to school in. (Wash/dry clean them between shows and store them clean in a dry place--not the barn!) You also want a groomer's apron. Bring a stack of clean but old junky towels to wipe off dust and dirt right before you enter the ring. You can bring them in a white, plastic garbage bag--white is see-through, you C?
Practice your show ettiquette and keeping your show clothes clean before a class by schooling with a "show practice" set of clothes. See where and how your horse manages to get them dirty or mucked up. (White jeans or older beige breeches are good to wear for this.) Looks are really important and there are threads here with good pictures and advice.
Plenty of adults get into horses and showing later in life.
One last thing--bring your camera!! We want to see you in action! =D