I've posted another thread about beginning to muck out etc with my neighbour at her stables I really want to take lessons again (after a three year break) and I hope to go to the stables every Saturday morning. What kit do I need? I've got a helmet, jodhpurs, gaiters and short boots- although I do find them uncomfortable and a bit stiff. Can anyone recommend any brands? Also, can I ride around the school wearing mucker boots? Ah, I love it so much I want it to be Saturday already! Thank you!
You have pretty much what you need, although some people (I am one of them!) like to wear a body protector as well.
Appropriate footwear for riding has to have a smooth sole, so the foot can easily slip out of the stirrup in case of a fall, a small heel so the foot is discouraged from slipping into the stirrup (which can become exceptionally dangerous in case of a fall) and when you place your foot in the stirrup you should be able to comfortably fit two thumbs either side (so the foot can slip easily out again). Stirrups come in different sizes so if riding in an RS (different horses, different saddles, different stirrups) it's worth checking the size against your footwear every time.
Most leather boots are a bit stiff to start with. Try cleaning them with leather conditioner and wearing them around the house.
Get a new hat as they deteriorate over time. I think you are supposed to replace them every couple of years. Go to a good tack shop to make sure it gets fitted properly and also ask to make sure it's up the the highest safety standards. I think the most recent standard is the PAS 015 2011 but double check that with the tack shop
Thanks for all the replies- excellent advice, I've just been over to the stables and Lando and I had a great time. The weather has been to bad to ride but I'm enjoying building a relationship with him. I can't wait for the weather to get better,