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post #1 of 5 Old 04-26-2019, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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What horse-related things should I buy?

Let me start by saying that I really am not in a place to go buy expensive things as I’m only 18 and have to pay for my oos college butttt horse things make me so happy and I want to start taking the sport more seriously.
I’m currently just doing the jumpers (I haven’t been jumping for very long so I want to see what I really enjoy) but I want to try eventing.

What I’m asking is what should I buy? I currently have an ovation helmet, not very good, keeps me safe but I really need a new one eventually, so buying a new helmet would be smart.

Then again, I love spoiling the horse I ride so I could just pick out a few saddle pads, accessories like that to use.

Or, I could put my money away and save for shows/events this summer before I leave the barns I’m at currently (I’ll visit when I can, but I’m going cross country for school in August)

I’m sorry if I came off as selfish or anything, I just don’t know what purchase to make (or not haha). I really love riding, and I do want to take it more seriously if I have hopes of going anywhere (like moving up levels and such) with it.
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-26-2019, 08:38 PM
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All helmets have to pass the same safety tests, so an Ovation isn't any less safe than say a CO, it's mostly just the name/style/trend that people pay for. That said, if it isn't good because it doesn't fit you well or makes you uncomfortable, then you should consider getting fitted for a new helmet.

If you do want to take it more seriously/move up, new tack and equipment won't really help you as much as riding regularly and having good instruction will. So if I were in your position I would probably save money to put toward regular lessons and clinics with great instructors, so that I could learn what I need to in order to move up.
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-26-2019, 09:13 PM
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As tempting as it is- DON'T go buying "cute" saddle pads and stuff like that...nothing wrong with it if you have the money but if you're saving just get what you need and don't get drawn in by cute stuff. I'm in the same situation you are- most everything except my helmet is second hand stuff. Even my good saddle. I had to scrub the daylights out of one saddle pad I got to get it clean but it'd be show-ready if I went.

Horses can't see all the same colors we can anyhow- as long as the tack is the same quality and looks clean and proper I wouldn't go for more bling.

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Grooming tools are a good investment and are not specific yo any individual horse or riding style. I like my grooming gloves and Haas brushes.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-27-2019, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone! I’ve though about it, and I think everyone’s right - I’ll get what I actually need (which I have everything except for an eventing vest), and then until I’m settled out at school, I’ll just do schooling and “fun days” with my barn. My lessons are all paid for because I’m a working student, so I get paid with lessons, so I don’t have to worry about paying for regular lessons with actual cash, thank goodness.
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