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post #1 of 20 Old 09-03-2014, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Horse Questions, Please Answer ASAP

Hi everyone! I'm new here, i'll make an introduction later. I don't really ride yet, but I'm trying to volunteer at a horse rescue. I thought I could just show up in my sweats and sneakers, but I watched some videos for the rescue, and I think I need to "show a little more effort" I guess. I think i'm going to order some things off of amazon (horse clothes, etc.) Maybe if I can convince my mom that I need these things, she'll take me to the feed bin, when we need new pet supplies. Please answer the questions below.

So far, everything i'll be purchasing will be off of amazon. I am a "young lady" (can't say age) and please help me!

- What brand of riding boots should I get (preferable that I can find on amazon or are popular at a feed bin)? What color black or brown? Lace ups or zip ups? What is the usual sizing (i'm normally I size 8)?

-Should I wear any particular pants? I can order jodpurs or breeches? What brand?What collar do you normally like? Again what is the general sizing?

-What do you normally do at a horse rescue? In the email, i'm going to ask them if I could clean stalls, groom the horses, and ride them a bit. Do you think I'll have to bring my own helmet?

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I'd really appreciate it if you could answer it!
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-03-2014, 10:45 PM
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I'd just wear jeans, a tee shirt and work boots. I don't see why that wouldn't be fine for volunteering. That will save you a lot of $$$.
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post #3 of 20 Old 09-03-2014, 11:09 PM
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I agree with Slide, jeans and a tshirt, pair of work boots is the way to go.

Just as a heads up please answer ASAP is usually reserved for emergency situations, and this isn't, it wont get you and more, or any quicker replies.

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post #4 of 20 Old 09-03-2014, 11:10 PM
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For what you plan on doing, jeans and a shirt will work fine. Any boot will do, so long as it has a heel and is alright to get dirt and horse manure all over ;)
Don't buy nice clothes as they will just get covered in hair, sweat, dirt, etc. Nice breeches and shirts are for riding in the show ring, not working with horses in general. The horse doesn't care what you look like.

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post #5 of 20 Old 09-03-2014, 11:11 PM
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Agree, jeans/work pants, work boots (waterproof if you're in a wet area), and a tee shirt/sweater that you don't mind getting dirty, stained, etc.

If you are riding you will likely need a helmet of your own. However, horse's at rescues are often ones that have issues or not much training and they are not likely to put you in the saddle with no riding experience. There is a chance that they'll get in the occasional older, well trained horse whose owner just couldn't feed it anymore and they might be able to put you up on that one, with supervision. I don't want to discourage you, but if you want to RIDE, you are much better off finding an instructor and offering to work for lessons. If you want to learn about looking after horses from the ground, a rescue will be quite thankful for your help.
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post #6 of 20 Old 09-03-2014, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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I was sort of in a rush when I posted the question, so i'll be a little more specific here.
Golden Horse- sorry about the Asap thing.

It's a throughbred rescue, they're mainly retired racehorses/jumpers. They rescue the horses from auctions. They have at least 20 horses there, all of them are trained and ready to be adopted. They have a whole different section for the newer untrained horses. It's at a fancy stable, the volunteers exercise the horses (practice some jumping etc.). Thanks for the help btw, i'm ordering some paddock shoes (lol I don't have workboots) and some riding pants.
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post #7 of 20 Old 09-04-2014, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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I just ordered a pair of thick black leggings, and a pair of paddock boots.
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post #8 of 20 Old 09-05-2014, 08:24 AM
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I think it's great that you want to help out!

I work at a place where volunteers riding our horses is necessary, however far too often people come and expect to just be able to jump on a horse....

I know you're not asking for advice but as someone on the other side of the spectrum, I think the rescue would appreciate you a lot more if you did the not fun jobs, and as much as you could for them. And maybe after a while offered to ride.

Horses aren't just fun (which is the problem I have at my work) they're a lot of time, work, and money too.

Good luck and have fun! :)
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post #9 of 20 Old 09-05-2014, 10:03 AM
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I reserve good clothes for showing only. Like everyone else said: jeans, shirt, boots. Nothing fancy or pricy. I try to find boots that are waterproof or water resistent.
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post #10 of 20 Old 09-05-2014, 10:17 AM
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Whoops! I forgot to say what clothes I wear.

I wear jeans, and then the shirt depends on the weather but never anything really loose (it could get in the way or get caught on something) and work books like these:
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