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post #1 of 6 Old 11-29-2007, 07:22 AM Thread Starter
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What do you ABSOLUTELY need to ride English?

If anyone can give me anything that I have forgotten on the following list for my horse care, please tell me!

Boots (for me!)
Bit (unsure of what kind- need to do more reading)
Halter (whats a breakaway halter?)
Grooming kit

Is there anything else I absolutely need?

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-29-2007, 07:33 AM
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I don't ride english but I can tell you a break-away halter is just a regular halter with leather or velcro that will "break away" if it is caught on something. Its a safety halter used for turnout. Oh, and I'm sure you will need a saddle pad and possibly some reins. Not all bridles/headstalls come with them.

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-29-2007, 09:47 AM
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Get some horse ointment. I'm sure you'll need those. :) They seem to find sharp objects everywhere.

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post #4 of 6 Old 11-29-2007, 09:14 PM
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english saddle tend to come naked so you'll need a girth, stirrup leathers and stirrup irons.
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-30-2007, 11:33 PM
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Crop if needed.

Lunge Line & Lunge Whip if desired for groundwork.

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-06-2007, 11:39 PM
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You'll surely need a saddle pad. If you are riding English or any kind of discipline I'd suggest a broken snaffle for the bit, most come broken but there are the occasional that aren't, D or O ring. I prefer D-Rings myself. I honestly don't see much difference between the D-Ring and O-Ring but some people say there is a huge difference.

As mentioned you would need the stirrup leathers and stirrup irons as well as a girth. If you need to find out your horses girth size, measure their heart girth (from the end of the withers as they meet the back all the way around the horse, keeping the tape where the girth would lie on their chest. View image bellow if you need to.) and divide it by 2 and then subtract 3. Always round up. Most girths come in even numbers so if your horses is like a 33 or 35, you might have to get a 34 or 36 inch girth.

Crops are always useful, you might also want to get a lunge line and some lateral lunging as well, they will help with practicing turning and other things. Normal lunging too often can be stressful on joints and may get boring for the horse, with lateral lunging your horse is free to move around more in any direction rather than in a circle. It's much more stimulating and interesting for both the horse and you.

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