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. I would imagine any good instructor expects their student to come to a lesson wanting to learn and able to work "hard" learning the next concept expanding their ability to communicate with their equine partner. 2.
What to wear may depend upon the level of the rider.
I would not expect a beginner student to arrive in boots and breeches, but to arrive in comfortable pants and a heeled shoe and must wear a helmet all for safety reason.
A rider who is more than a advanced beginner was expected to wear appropriate clothing within limits...
paddock boot or tall boots, breeches, half or full chaps, their own helmet and if taught how to use...spurs or bat carried and possibly gloves worn. Those were what was expected for me to ride in my lessons or clinics...appropriate attire and the horse to be properly attired too. 3.
For schooling it did not matter to me or my instructor.
I usually wore darker colors during lessons/schooling because they did not show dirt as easily,.. charcoal gray, rust, dark blue..
When I was in a clinic setting I wore what I wore for horse showing...beige, silvery lt. gray were often my attire colors. 4
. Again, attire was dependent upon the level of the rider, the instruction given.
I found riding in my boots and breeches gave me a different feel with my leg than riding in jeans and chaps.
That is me...never though did or do I ride in a shoe/boot that was not heeled for my safety and protection if something goes wrong..
Ever since I was a very new beginner rider I have always provided my own helmet to ride with...no lesson helmet shared for me.
My parents were very strict on how my helmet was cared for so were assured my head was protected and ...well, nasties of lice and icks are not transferred when you only wear yours and not share.
What you did not ask and I will say is...
I was expected to meet certain dress requirements for lessons at all levels of being a rider.
That was also true of my instructors...
All my instructors were able to get astride a horse at any time to demonstrate wearing suitable attire too.
Paddock boots, jeans and chaps were often my instructors attire if they were not in breeches and boots of tall or paddock style...
A helmet often hung from a jump standard or on a fence post at the ready...
I can probably count on one-hand how many times I have sat astride a horse naked head and that was true of my instructors too...if astride you were helmeted to even the odds a bit more in your favor if something goes wrong.
Appearances do mean a lot...respect given for yourself and your instructor that you are prepared and ready to work and improve in a safe manner and environment.
Enjoy your ride time and lessons to start again...