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| 29/12 2013 02:32
Never buy tack before the horse, He is the one wearing it and it should be bought to fit him. Depending on what style you are going to be riding you can look for local tack swaps, Most in my area start in Jan. It is a great way to get used gear. I hate to tell you that quality costs money, but it does. You can get a cheap pair of boots and I would suggest that you get rubber soled. Leather doesn't last long around horses. I love my Ariat boots. You can go with cheaper brands such as Loradeo or some Justin boots. They are a very good boot for the price. You should be able to pick up Ariat for about $200 and the others for $100 or less. The other thing to do is find a good trainer, not a show trainer. Right now you don't care about showing, you want to become a good rider first (there is a HUGE difference.) Mostly your progress is based on you. I have trained people who began training horses well within 5 years, and I have had people who could barely saddle a horse on their own after a couple years. All depends on your motivation.
| 29/12 2013 04:43
Ariat boots come in different price ranges. IRIH or International riding helmets are great quality for the price. You will learn as quickly as you will learn. Some spend months on the lunge and others are off in a few lessons. It depends upon the lesson program and the rider. If you feel you're not being given the independence you need to advance, tell the instructor. If you still feel as if you're being held back, switch barns.
| 29/12 2013 07:00
When I started out I just wore leggings and old boots, but buy your own helmet! That is very important, all the other stuff can come later, if you really don't have boots with a heel look into getting paddock boots they're alot more affordable then full sized boots, if you want the look of a full sized boot then you can pair them with half chaps I got all my stuff at greenhawk, they also have starter packages for riders. Boots cost me $40, half chaps$60 breeches$30. Also it took me about a year to walk, trot and canter comfortably on all horses, including the more rowdy ones. I can post the trot without stirrups(sorta) and have had a few lessons riding without reins. All with 60 minute lessons once a week, four times a month. Of course everyone learns at different paces, you could be way ahead of me or way behind me but its always good to learn the basics and perfect them before moving on to other things. hope this helped ps I ride english
| 29/12 2013 08:37
Starting out, you should only need a pair of boots with a small heel and a helmet. Since you plan to stick with it, you should get real riding boots and an ASTM/SEI certified riding helmet. You'll only need paddock boots to start. Any local tack shop should sell what you need, and shopping in person at a local tack shop is the best way to go about it. Fit and comfort is much more important than brand, and the only way to know what fits and is comfortable for you, is to try stuff on. If you're riding English, it may not be a bad idea to invest in a pair of breeches and half chaps, but these items are not 100% necessary. Everyone progresses at their own rate. I was riding once a week for a year before I started doing small shows and popping over some cross rails. However, I was still riding well-broke school horses. I could have ridden independently or had my own horse at that point, but only if the horse was well-suited to my ability level, which was still not overly advanced. Even now, after riding for nearly 14 years, I am still learning and progressing, and taking lessons on my own horse. That's the thing about riding, is you never max out on knowledge. There is ALWAYS more to learn.
| 29/12 2013 11:25
There's no set number of lessons that will make you into a competent rider. Even after you get your own horse, you should continue with lessons. You should definitely get your own helmet and boots. I would not trust the loaner helmets because you don't know what they've been through, and you will probably not get the best fit. Go to a tack shop where they can help you find a helmet that fits your head properly. You don't need to spend a lot of money on one - just make sure it's certified by your country's safety organization. For cheaper boots, buy paddock boots. You can start with those for not much money, and can pair them up with half chaps if you want.
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