So, there are really only 2 tack stores within an hours drive here, one is a consignment store (yay) and one is a very well known western outfitter.
So I set out to get surcingle & side reins, helmet, price some paddock boots, and buy some Endure. I go to the western store first because they usually have decent prices for most stuff, even English saddles believe it or not. So I find a really nice neoprene surcingle for a great price and begin looking for side reins. Wow, can't seem to find them. I ask the girl behind the counter and she says...they don't carry them. What? She said she agrees that it's dumb, what's the use of having surcingles but not having side reins. Then she suggested "you can always get two lead lines and just tie them to the d's on the surcingle." My jaw dropped....SERIOUSLY??????? I really think that would defeat the purpose of a surcingle and side reins when used with a green horse.
So I go to the consignment shop and well, I'm pretty much out of luck there too. All they had was one pair of pony size side reins with super HEAVY donuts...so I passed. I did pick up a nice helmet that still had the tags for about 20 bucks and some polos for 5.
I get to the stable, I tack up, put on my new helmet and I suddenly feel INVINCIBLE. My new and improved, more confident seat rubbed off on Cinny, he was doing the most beautiful side yield work he has EVER done for me. And then I look up in the mirror (our arena has mirrors in the corners.) It dawns on me that the Pony Posse is snickering because it looks as if I have an enormous Tupperware bowl on my head!!! It's not that it doesn't fit, my head goes in it fine and it doesn't slip or move around when I shake my head even without the harness snapped and it doesn't feel tight.
Okay, so I had planned on buying a BETTER helmet later, and this was just for now....but now I feel like a GOON...although I am now a goon with a protected head!