I ride English, never ridden Western with the exception of a Pay-To-Trail ride (I was 9 xD) and helping train a western horse english (rode her in an english saddle, with a western bit)
My horse was trained in Western, but I ride him English. He's just as good at western, though. (Don't worry, I'm getting a trainer so I don't completely confuse him xD)
I'd be showing western, and wondered about the costs.
Right now, I found a Saddle package that comes with everything, that's REALLY affordable (running around $440, with shipping! )
But I'm wondering about me.
My mom makes custom Western Outfits, so she'll make the shirt and chaps. As for pants, a trusted source said that english breeches are fine.
So, I'm asking you western riders.
What is the average cost for a show hat? For show boots? A belt?
And I have questions regarding equipment, like, do you need a breastplate? Do you have to ride with one hand, or can you have the two reins?
Really, any advice helps me a ton xD
Sorry for the long post, I hope you're all awake, and thanks SO much for reading!