I have a few questions about starting lessons at a new barn.
To start with I will give you a quick backstory on me.
I have always been interested in horses and horseback riding but because riding has always been too expensive for my family.
In total I have probably taken two years worth of lessons spread out over my 22 years. Mostly saddleseat with some western through a college class. But I am currently helping out at the barn my college uses as a stable hand and exercise rider.
After some encouragement from a friend in the college class, I have decided to start taking lessons at a hunter/jumper barn.
Now I have never taken hunter/jumper lessons and am a bit (ok, a lot) nervous of starting. I have been "creeping" this board for awhile and found everyone here to be very helpful and knowledgeable so I figured this would be a good place to ask my questions!
1) I use breeches and paddock boots at the college barn and do not own a pair of half chaps yet because I have not been able to find a pair I like (I am still looking). Do you think it will be ok to show up in just my paddock boots, breeches, and a polo?
2) Does anyone have any tips for switching to hunter/jumper from saddleseat?
My friend who rides at this barn described it as informal and keeps telling me not to worry about the first day.
Thank you so much for your help.