Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: A small town in NY
• Horses: 0
I would definitely get both.
I owned a Troxel Spirit my first few years of riding. Their helmets are okay and the prices are great, but they tend to give a 'mushroom head' appearance and don't vent well in the summer. Also, they are meant for people with round heads, and since my head is more oval, I had to keep it really tight so it wouldn't wiggle side to side. (Which hurt the front and back of my head.)
I got an Ovation Protege a few Christmases ago - amazing! Just a tad more expensive ($40 or so) and much better ventilation, sleeker profile, and overall more comfortable. It also offers protection down the back of your neck, which I really like.
As far as boots, Ariat are a great brand, and while they can be somewhat expensive, are a good investment.
A horse is a mirror to your soul. And sometimes you may not like what you see. - Buck Brannaman