Hi everyone! Now that I am older and can afford to take lessons at a barn, I was wondering if I should get my own lesson/schooling helmet or boots to start with? The barn provides helmets, but just not sure I want to keep sharing a helmet with others. I have hiking boots that I have been riding in, but I am not sure that they are the best thing as I cannot feel the irons and they are not that flexible for English riding. Also, what brands/models would you suggest for a helmet and boots? I have been looking at Troxel helmets and Ariat paddock boots. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Not sure if this matters, but my lesson horse is a retired Thoroughbred racehorse. He is a VERY big boy and has to be well over 16 hands.