My trainer told me that back in the day, she and her riding club cohorts would be sent home by their "high brow" trainer if they weren't spiffed up and properly put together as "it shows respect"....I laughed and said I certainly understand that "mentality" being the wife of an ex-military man.
But I also said that if that were required of me (I don't look "perfect" when going to an important evening out on the town, let alone when I'm going out to ride, work my butt off, sweat a LOT, etc...)& I've also never had the $$ for "just the PERFECT" riding clothes, so my riding would not have progress very far had an instructor sent me home till I looked perfect!
My trainer laughs now and realizes there are many other ways to know a kid/adult respects the trainer/the horse/the discipline AND the horse than by the way they are dressed/his pricey their tack and clothes/boots are, etc... :0)
I know you want acceptance....I bet anyone would quickly accept you just because you care that much...you are obviously not a slacker! Z please take it easy...I did JUST THE SAME TO MYSELF BEFORE my first volunteering day...I wasted anxiety...the situation was AMAZING and has been every since!
Hang in there and you'll see it should be GREAT!!!
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