Easy Shopping Guide: What to Buy for the New Horseback Rider - Part 3
Still Keeping it Simple!
Additionally, you may choose to buy these 4 Optional Pieces of riding apparel to get started in horseback riding.
These pieces of riding apparel can simply make your riding more enjoyable, and you can never be too safe! There are so many items out there on the market for horse and rider. Buying things you will not be using for some time can be a frustrating waste of money. So, when you want to buy a little extra at the tack store and you are new to riding, start with these: (NOT a saddle!)
*Crop / Whip
Pricing examples are all approximate. They are listed here from Intro to High-End and may vary between stores.
Remember.Closely follow the manufacturer’s charts to be sure you get a safe fit and always ask customer service and your instructor for assistance if you need it.
should be well fitted with a grippy palm and fingers. They will help you avoid blisters and callouses from pulling the reins. Many varieties are available from as little as $6.
Though it is not impossible to ride in regular store-bought gloves, you will find they wear out too quickly because they lack the proper reinforcements on the rein fingers and they often don't give quite the right feel on the horse's mouth.
Black leather is traditional and suitable for both lessons and competition.
A Crop, a Jumping Bat or a Whip
should be brought to every lesson and available to be used when needed. Prices range from as little as $5 - $50.
Be sure to ask your instructor whether you need one for your horse or pony. Some horses and ponies can be fearful of them. Simply having it available at ring-side will earn you brownie points with your instructor any day of the week!
Crop = All Purpose
Jumping Bat = Jumping
Whip = Dressage & Flatwork
Solid black or dark brown are acceptable colors for lessons and shows.
*For safety reasons, I am not a fan of wrist straps and often cut them off.
A basic pair of ¼” to ½” Prince of Wales or Tom Thumb spurs are appropriate for a lesson program rider. They should be brought to lessons and available to be used when instructed to do so. Available from $10.
Be sure to ask your instructor whether you will need spurs and are capable of using them safely with your horse or pony. Having a pair available at ring-side will avoid any unnecessary delays in your lesson-time.
Remember to buy spur straps. They come in traditional leather and nylon. The nylon webbing allows for very easy adjustments - no searching for holes with gloves on! Straps are available from $2.
Safety Vests/Body Protectors
Wearing a well fitted safety vest is always a good idea and will last you a very long time. (And, in the case of a fall, can make YOU last a very long time!) They may be used for lessons anytime and are required for cross-country schooling and showing.
Protective riding vests, or eventing vests as they are sometimes called, are designed to help absorb shock to your spine, ribcage and vital organs during impact. Be sure to check the current ASTM rule standards for your form of competition.
Fun note: Bright colors are widely accepted in Eventing.
Intec Flex Rider from $90
Intec Flex Rider Cushioned from $130
Airowear Surevest from $185
Charles Owen Ultra-Lite Body Protector from $210
Tipperary from $249
Hit-Air Protective Vest from $390
Point Two Pro-Air Vest from $675
Some of my personal favorite extras...
I recommend no longer than 1/2" length for inexperienced riders. Check with your instructor.
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