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    05-31-2011, 08:08 PM
Schooling Apparel Critique

As some of you know I am a beginner and just started English riding lessons. I am feeling a touch of insecurity because I do not own TOP quality riding equip to my lessons. So I need some help in what to request to friends and family for birthday gifts to help me get long-lived riding equip to keep me safe, trendy, and to have better quality equip while being light on my wallet (and others wallets :) )
Here is what I have so far..
Saxon Equileather Paddock Boots -
Mcalister Washable Half Chaps - (cost me around $10)
Back support thingy (sports authority $25)
Riding Gloves w/ pebble palm in black - ($8)
Yoga leggings lol..
And whatever black shirt I can find that fits well.
I borrow a helmet from the BO's stash.

Sooo I have a few things that I am considering asking for my bday. I would like to have your input on them! Or if you can find a better alternative, feel free to post it :)
Half Chaps:
Http:// d=70402069757
Schooling Helmet:
Http:// d=35200230188
Paddock Boots: (if mine aren't up to far they are fine!)
Http:// d=32695008306
Riding Gloves:
Riding Crop: (is it wise to buy one for yourself?)
Http:// d=75344323240

I am planning on going to the nearest feed and supply store to try on some breeches. But I know that I will need shapely full seat breeches. I think, according to the size charts, that I am a 36. But I would rather not take my chances guessing.

Hope to get some good advice! :)
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    05-31-2011, 09:23 PM
Green Broke
Why full seat breeches?
    05-31-2011, 11:09 PM
I am gifted with a rump that your appreciate a full seat but now that you ask and I start to look silly, what exactly does "full seat" mean?
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    05-31-2011, 11:13 PM
Full seat breeches look like this

So the darker part is the same material that knee patches are made out of just all over your bum. It can apparently help stick you to the saddle (I think that's the purpose). I don't really like them as they can be a pain to break in IME.
    05-31-2011, 11:16 PM
An example of full seat riding breeches
Devon-Aire Ladies Full Seat Breeches -

An example of regular? Riding breeches
Devon-Aire Ladies Cotton Breeches -

I don't know if picking between the two matters if you've got a booty or not. I think it's more about the discipline. I'm assuming dressage people go with the full seat because they sit deep in the saddle and with some friction you'd want the grip. Myself and local jumpers usually go with the regular ones because you're out of the saddle and usually not doing a sitting trot where you'd want that material. This is all my guess don't quote me lol. But if you want full seat breeches then go for it, it's whichever you like best
    05-31-2011, 11:16 PM
Ohh. So they aren't necessary for big butts? or have a more flattering look to them ? Or do l have to try and see which ones look and feel better?
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    05-31-2011, 11:20 PM
Originally Posted by Moonstruck    
Ohh. So they aren't necessary for big butts? or have a more flattering look to them ? Or do l have to try and see which ones look and feel better?
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Definitely try the two types on to see which you prefer. I'm guessing the full seat breeches would emphasize your butt. This could be good or bad lol depending on whether you want to hide it or flaunt it. I don't like the full seat breeches because it looks like it'd feel weird with the seams and different fabric going up your leg. It might be bothersome?
    05-31-2011, 11:20 PM
Oh I see. Well I'm being trained under hunter jumpers although my interest is dressage. So I guess I will have to ask my trainer. She knows that I want to learn basic dressage flatwork for starters. Maybe I should buy both?
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    05-31-2011, 11:22 PM
Originally Posted by Moonstruck    
Oh I see. Well I'm being trained under hunter jumpers although my interest is dressage. So I guess I will have to ask my trainer. She knows that I want to learn basic dressage flatwork for starters. Maybe I should buy both?
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That's definitely an option. Using the full seat breeches for those dressage days and the regular ones on jumping days. OR just get one pair, I have regular ones and do about 20 minutes of absolute-beginner dressage in my lessons and my regular breeches have held up good.
    05-31-2011, 11:23 PM
Full seat means that instead of having a patch of leather at the knee area, the leather is all the way up to the crotch and under the seatbone. They provide better stickem.
Most people who ride huntseat do not use them because the tend to ride in two point or half seat and want to be free to reposition their seatbones quckly and easily. However, in dressage or trail riding, if you stay put in the saddle, full seat are really, really nice to have.

I did not look over your listing of material. Don't hvae time right now.

Here's what comes to mind:

Good paddock boots are a must. I swear by Ariats. You get what you pay for. If you need to walk very much, then get the paddock boots with Cobalt Technology. They are not cheap, but will last for years! The non cobalts are also very nice. Go try some on! Think $100 to $130

Get your own helmet. Get it fitted to your head. I recommend two brands, but only because these are ones I am familiar with , not because they are the only good ones. For the money, Troxel makes a great product. If you have a more roundish head, then the Troxel will work well for you. Put it on and use the padding to make it tight enough that when you lift the brim it will make your eyebrows go up with it.
If you have a more obloong head , like me, you will like the Tipperary. Very lightweigth and not hot. Both of these brands are around 70 to 80$

If your half chaps fit and you like, then use them.

As for shirts, wear whatever you like.

Get a good bra. $45

Get some SSG gloves. They are inexpensive, can by them online and they have good feel. Get a bright colore for schooling, so you don't misplace them.\

That's really all you need. If you want to look snazzy, get a vest. THis is one way to dress up a plain shirt, make you look "finished" and not be too hot.

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