Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
Helmet, riding tights or breeches, half chaps and low riding boots for English. Kerrits is a good brand of inexpensive riding tights.
Helmet, jeans, smooth-soled boots with a heel for Western. Many Western style riders skip the helmet. Do not copy them.
The word on helmets: every brand has a shape of head it fits the best. Try on different brands until you find the one for you.
Don't compare yourself to any one else. This whole deal is about you and your relationship with the horse you are riding right now, and nothing else.
Be an earnest learner but bear in mind that in the horse world there are many paths, many opinions (many MANY opinions), and eventually you will find yourself with your own. If anything puzzles you or makes you uncomfortable, ask about it! If the answer doesn't make perfect sense to you, ask here! (then you will experience for yourself the many many opinions thing).
Ask to be taught to catch and tack up your horse, if that isn't part of your curriculum. Riding is only a part of horsemanship.
Enjoy the wonderful journey!
Short horse lover