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post #1 of 8 Old 05-24-2020, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, I am a 27 year old guy and perhaps my three greatest loves in life thus far are in my username. I have been wanting to learn English riding for many years because I love working with basically all kinds of animals and I feel that I need to find a new hobby to get out of doors and hopefully make new friends. Also, traditionally it is considered a skill that every gentleman ought to know. I do not intend to compete, at least not at first, but I just want to do it for fun/ recreation.



I found a barn in my area that I intend to learn at, but then the pandemic struck and I haven't been able to start yet. Anyways, they did ask me to get boots and breeches, and I don't know quite what I should be looking for. By the way, I do not care if breeches are clingy/ revealing (consider that I have frequently worn tights/ leggings with frilly fairy tale prince outfits in public as a nerdy cosplayer) as long as they are comfortable and durable. I assume I should get short boots and half-chaps because it seems like that is what everyone is doing and it is much more affordable.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-24-2020, 06:17 PM
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You have it right. Durable breeches will serve you for years. Paddock boots and half chaps are never wrong for lessons or schooling.

Welcome to the forum. Have fun, both here and in your lessons. Let us know how they go.
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post #3 of 8 Old 05-24-2020, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Introducing myself

I wear 32 waist and 36 length jeans and size 10 sneakers if that is relevant.
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post #4 of 8 Old 05-24-2020, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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You have it right. Durable breeches will serve you for years. Paddock boots and half chaps are never wrong for lessons or schooling.

Welcome to the forum. Have fun, both here and in your lessons. Let us know how they go.
I'll try, if I don't run out of money before getting to actually do much. That fear is what keeps me procrastinating and why I still have done nothing.
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post #5 of 8 Old 05-24-2020, 08:01 PM
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I would advise, depending on your finances... don't cheap out too much on the half chaps and paddock boots, or you'll end up hating them and wanting to replace them sooner rather than later. Opt for a brand like Ariat if you can find their men's products, as a starting point, because their products are more than sufficient quality without breaking the bank.

When I started riding again five years ago, I went with the cheap store brand paddock boots and half chaps from Greenhawk, and the paddock boots had plastic soles that would slide around all over the stirrup irons, and the half chaps had no grip and would slip down, and my leg would swing. As soon as I upgraded my equipment, there was a HUGE difference to my riding!!
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post #6 of 8 Old 05-24-2020, 08:29 PM
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Sometimes schools can even connect you to someone selling used. In the US there are online sites for that.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy used breeches (I'm using second hand breeches now) or half chaps. Paddock boots I would try to go new.
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Yes, it can be an investment. Ariat Heritage IV are what we bought for the boys. Two 13 narrows and an 11 med width. They have worn them both for riding and two for band concerts. $150 so not cheap but will last and if cared for make a good dress boot option. They have a half chap that goes with around the same price but you can go with another brand for less. One of the boys wears polo jeans that he folds over under the half chaps. One wears breeches (actually womens as they can be found more reasonably priced and on sale - I found a couple of pairs on clearance for $10 each) as he has no issue with close fitting clothes. He's over 6 ft so actually same size as you. The other wears riding pants that fit like looser pleated pants on the top and fitted from the calf down. Where his dad found them I don't know.

Any helmet as ling as it is certified will do. Shop for the shape of your head (round or oval) and make sure it fits well and is comfortable. They can be found for around $50. On sale sometimes less.

You may be able to find the chaps on Ebay or some local sale or swap group. I lucked out when mine started. He got the hand me downs from one of my students before the nephews moved in.
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post #8 of 8 Old 05-24-2020, 09:27 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I ride western but, there is a tack store near us that is basically English with a little bit of western. I drop by there every now and then to see what they have in their consignment /used room. I've picked up bridles, reins and saddle bags there very cheap. They have tons of English stuff in there both , clothes, boots and tack including saddles. You ought to look for some English tack stores near you and call and ask if they have used and consignment items. Probably save you a ton of money over buying new.
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