ive just booked my first lesson - what do i need!?!

(56 Posts)
ThatVikRinA22 Sat 06-Oct-12 16:27:51

im very excited! <does a little happy dance!>
first ever proper riding lesson booked! 1 to 1 tuition so i wont make an arse of myself.....

i do not own wellies, or joggers, and am thinking i may as well buy a couple of things to start me off.

there is an equestrian store close by that sells jodpurs for around £20 and proper boots for about £20.

the stables will loan me a hat for now.

any one have any tips?

rogersmellyonthetelly Sat 06-Oct-12 16:55:59

Well since you aren't 6 years old you are probably pretty sure you will be going for a while, so why not get yourself some jods and boots? You can get the pull on legging style jods for about £20 and you can either get short boots and half chaps which are v comfy or rubber riding boots which are practical and good for winter.
Top half go with a sports bra (ordinary ones tend to come off the shoulders in trot) a tee shirt and a zip up hoody you can whip off after 5 minutes once you are sweating like a pig. It's harder work than it looks is horse riding!

CMOTDibbler Sat 06-Oct-12 17:08:37

I'm currently wearing a pair of these which are bargainacious at £9, and are lasting really well.
I'd pick up a pair of cheap stretchy riding gloves in the riding shop - the woolly sort with a sticky grip pattern - your hands can get sore on the reins otherwise.

ThatVikRinA22 Sat 06-Oct-12 19:24:56

bugger! they are out of stock in my size. but i will keep looking! thank you for the tips - i am so looking forward to it!

CMOTDibbler Sat 06-Oct-12 19:46:53

They also do these which are fab for the price - I have beige ones for best which have been much admired

ThatVikRinA22 Sat 06-Oct-12 22:14:28

thanks CM....they look good and have my size!

catanddog Mon 08-Oct-12 13:53:56

Just hijacking! Best of luck with your lesson Vicar, I've recently got back into riding after 15 years away from the saddle so am looking for some jods - CMOTDibbler are those sizes generous before I order and have to return?!

CMOTDibbler Mon 08-Oct-12 14:09:42

I think they are pretty accurate - I wear a 14 in everything else too

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 09-Oct-12 02:22:56

good to know - im a 14....do you think the beige is the best colour to go for?

which boots - i only really want 1 pair for everything - would i be better going for long boots or jod boots? i always think long boots look so much smarter....

(i am so looking forward to it! )

CMOTDibbler Tue 09-Oct-12 07:46:14

I tend to go for black for regular riding as beige stains so easily from horsey loves.

IMO chaps and jod boots are best unless you are going to compete and spend mucho wonga on them. I have dublin jod boots and a pair of Muck boots riding boots for wet and cold weather

Treblesallround Tue 09-Oct-12 09:45:49

Definitely short boots and chaps when you start riding, they give more feel, and it's too easy to have 'flappy' legs in long boots. Hope you love it, come and tell us about it, won't you!

Poledra Tue 09-Oct-12 09:50:28

Jod boots and chaps, IMO.

Zip-up hoody so you can take it off if when you get hot.

Heavy-duty sports bra if you are large of nork especially - I use the Bertex Shock Absorber 4.

Lots of Radox so you can ease those aching thigh and arse muscles grin

Apples or Polo mints to treat your horse, as you will fall in love immediately (though check with the instructor first, of course)

(As an aside, the DCs were chatting one day about relationships, and one of them said 'Mummy doesn't have a boyfriend, she's married to Daddy, you don't have a boyfriend if you're married.' To which DH replied 'Oh yes she does, his name's Henry, and she's much nicer to him than me.' Henry, of course, being the beeyootiful Irish Draught horse I borrow to ride)

willyoulistentome Tue 09-Oct-12 12:56:52

jod boots and half chaps would be my advice too. And most definitely not beige jods. A dark colour is far more practical. Nobody I know wears beige other than to compete in. PLUS my arse and its VPL looks extra big in beige ones.

CMOTDibbler Tue 09-Oct-12 13:11:15

I forgot the other thing you need. Big pants. This is very important.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 09-Oct-12 13:50:27

thank you all - this is really useful! im making a list....

Squills Tue 09-Oct-12 18:20:08

Hi, I wouldn't buy too many things until you know you want to carry on with your lessons. I think the main things to buy would be boots with a heel to stop your feet going through the stirrups. I don't know what your budget is but if you go on a site such as Equestrian Clearance you can get bargains. If you get short boots you'll need half chaps. Other than that there's not too much you need to buy as your riding school will provide a hat (although you may want to get your own as they're sometimes not very clean!!).

Hope you enjoy your lesson!!

rogersmellyonthetelly Tue 09-Oct-12 19:11:59

God yes, big knickers. Please for the sake of your future sex life do not attempt to ride in a thong. I did it once and spent an hour in a hot bath with my knickers on tryin to soak them off the rubbed and bleeding nightmare that was my arse crack.

ThatVikRinA22 Wed 10-Oct-12 00:20:23


i will be wearing my big running knickers and my sports bra! thank you for the tips - i will get chaps and boots, perhaps a cheapo hat, some gloves, and that will be it.


Poledra Mon 15-Oct-12 14:32:08

You had that first lesson yet, Vicar? How'd it go?

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 16:24:11

not yet - had to cancel (bloody work made me work my day off!) it but rebooked, i have a lesson booked for next tuesday.

actually, while im here, how do you chose a school? i have the choice of 2, phoned both up and booked a lesson with both, but one is a lot nearer than the other and that will probably swing it....

also the nearer school does group adult lessons which are much much cheaper - ive explained that i may need to "mix and match" depending on whether or not my work pattern fits with group lessons but means that some weeks could be much cheaper than others.....also means i could get hour long lessons rather than pay for 30 mins.....group lessons are only £8 for 30 mins or £16 per hour.

but - the nearest school did not ask me any questions about ability or age, height or weight.
i guess they will ask me that when i get there?
would that put you off?
the school further away told me which horse id be on, asked height, weight, etc etc....but didnt do group lessons and that means i would be paying £20 per week for a 30 min ride....

im confused now.

Poledra Mon 22-Oct-12 16:41:24

I do groups rather than one-to-one lessons mostly, because I ride for fun and it's often more fun in a group (though the poor teenage lad who was riding with a group of cackling witches on Sunday might not think so grin). I don't know who I'm riding till I get there, as the yard owner allocates horses based on how much work each animal has done over the last few days, though I do know it'll be one of 4 horses as I'm a lanky git who cannot ride the little hosses. He also tries to change you over the weeks as riding different horses can be good for you.

I would probably have expected the yard to ask you for ability and height/weight so they could allocate your nag in advance but perhaps they have a couple of plodders that they start everyone on till they see what your ability is like. I would also expect you to have to fill in some sort of rider registration like this when you get there.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 16:46:43

cheers for that.
i would prefer the group simply as its so much cheaper and i would get more time.

i have not told them that i used to ride as a child but have not so much as sat on a horse for over 30 years. i would really need to start again as i did not have lessons back then - i just used to get on and go. im sure my posture and balance will all need work.

CMOTDibbler Mon 22-Oct-12 16:52:52

I prefer a private lesson for actually developing, and a group for just enjoying riding.

Go to both schools and see how you feel - many places aren't that organised on the phone, but fine when you are there

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 19:00:43

i wonder how many one to one lessons i' ll need.....its quite expensive. im off to get kitted out tomorrow - god im sooooo excited!

DH has said if i love it i can have a hoss! long way in the future i suspect.....but nice to know he has no objections!

PenisColada Mon 22-Oct-12 19:04:23

vicar how are the feet ?

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 19:08:10

my feet - no better. stopped the treatment - foot healed but still not got rid of the original problems.....

podiatrist phoned to tell me about the wonders of needling....ill give it a miss for now.

i put my back out because i wasnt weight bearing on one part of my foot. i can at least now walk again.

PenisColada Mon 22-Oct-12 22:06:50

Glad you are walking. Enjoy the riding. I am jealous I would love to ride again.

ThatVikRinA22 Mon 22-Oct-12 23:52:25

i am irrationally excited....im off to get kitted out tomorrow at the equestrian store.

and dh has said i can have one of my own....that would be a child hood dream come true! and worth carrying on working for!

lots to learn first obviously....but i will keep this in mind! ive been on the horse rescue sites, so many hosses in need of a loving owner.....

Poledra Tue 23-Oct-12 09:16:27

Exciting! DH has never said I can have a hoss envy though he was the one who encouraged me to go back to riding after I had the children. If you don't mind me asking, Vicar, what general area are you in (just wondering if I'll see you about) grin? I'm East of England.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 12:34:35

i used to be east - now ooop north. (yorkshire)

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 16:17:38

tada! all kitted out. i have jods, boots, gloves and a hat. i really wanted a proper velvet riding hat but my head is the wrong shape hmm so i ended up having to get a skull cap which isnt nearly as glam....<sighs> apparently my head is round and velvet hats are for oval heads. confused

anyway! i am really ready now. just got to get through the next week! Lady at stroe asked me if i was nervous.....im not - just very excited and cannot wait! a little apprehensive about getting on in the first place...hope they have a mounting block!

SrirachaGhoul Tue 23-Oct-12 16:22:47

Let us know how it goes, Vicar. I've been thinking about getting back in the saddle now that kids are in school; I'm scared!

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 18:25:17

will do! im wishing i could go sooner now im all sorted!

Pixel Tue 23-Oct-12 19:44:15

You can always buy a velvet cover for your skull cap if you want. smile

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 19:46:32

i bought a cheap silky cover for it -in navy - matches my jods!

Alameda Tue 23-Oct-12 19:47:29

oooh want some new things too, what boots did you get? <nosy>

have never heard that about velvet hats! But skull caps are great and very customisable, you can change the silk whenever you like

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 19:59:10

i have a unnaturally small head - a 54, so can get away with kids hats, but i tried quite a few on. the skull cap fitted better as it was deeper....she said i have a round head....anyway - she seemed to know what she was doing so i let her get on with it.

the boots....i just got some jod boots but they were reduced from £39.99 to £20. someone on here said jod boots would allow me to feel what im doing better to start with. the brand is Orich?? not spent a fortune on any of it - the hat was only £46 plus £6 for the cover....i could have spent way more! when i get long boots im going to get a decent pair.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 20:01:15

oh just realised i didnt get chaps or half chaps.....but i can go and get them later cant i to wear with the boots....

Alameda Tue 23-Oct-12 20:04:33

Or even some long socks (there are sort of hurty bits of tack pressing on your calf when you curl it round, I find anyway) I think you can even get socks that double up as half chaps!

Pixel Tue 23-Oct-12 20:04:35

Sounds very smart! I must make more effort to be colour-co-ordinated smile.

Am just about to choose a new hat for my birthday (mine looks ok and I haven't fallen on it but suppose it ought to be replaced as five years old ). I'm going for Harry Hall as I know they fit the shape of my head and what size to get which means I can order online (nearest saddler is rip off merchant a bit pricey). After changing my mind several times I thought I'd made a decision on which colour to get, only to find they've introduced about 3 new colours! arrgh!

Alameda Tue 23-Oct-12 20:08:19

oh stop it, I want some new stuff too now envy

have got bumble bees on my hat (Barnaby - Barney Bee) was a present, they are quite discreet

otherwise I just wear whatever, we seem to have accumulated a lot. Have noticed that horse WILL stage severe lameness if am riding in something ridiculous like a very short stretchy dress and I will have to walk all the way home feeling and looking even more daft than usual - only for him to trot up sound as soon as we get back. Grrrrrr.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 20:10:19

cheers for that alameda - i will bear that in mind, ill probably need some half chaps or socks....

my hat is Charles Owen....the array of colours is great now isnt it! i was colour coordinated by accident....the only pair of cheap jods was navy, the only cheap hat cover was also navy....and ive got a blue zip up fleece which ill wear.

i tried it all on when i got home blush looked rather smart! im glad i got my own hat now as if the stables had lent me one its doubtful it would have fit, at least ill be safe. (and colour coordinated!)

Alameda Tue 23-Oct-12 20:14:23

and you won't get nits from their hats! grin

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 23-Oct-12 20:18:04

always a bonus! my hair is bleached to within an inch of its life so i doubt theyd survive.....saying that, if i do get a hoss, the hair will be the first casualty! i get £100 a month to spend on me.....i have a feeling that it wont go very far! grin

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 18:57:04

had a lesson tonight.

the school i had booked with was shockingly bad - they asked me to let them know if i couldnt make but they couldnt extend me the same courtesy! i turned up to be told that no one was available to take my lesson - i asked why they hadnt let me know and got a piss poor excuse - the bloke said he had been trying to phone - he hadnt and i said so - i have had no missed calls or anything - then he changed his story and said he couldnt get into the house to phone me....quite pissed off with their lack of professionalism - i wasted petrol and time to get there.

so i rang another place and they got me in tonight (i was all dressed up with no horse to ride) and i loved it!!!

to say ive not sat on a hoss for 30 years i did ok i think! part of the learning curve was keeping my little hoss going but i got to a trot and loved it. bit nervous about getting to a canter - id forgotten how bouncy it all is!

legs will ache tomorrow i think! but i love love loved it! booked again for next week.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 19:06:35

i did wonder whether or not i should have been lunged until my technique is better?

or is it better to learn to control the horse and learn technique at the same time?

i had a lovely lovely placid old boy who knew the ropes better than me but i was trying to concentrate on technique at the same time as trying to keep him going....

id appreciate thoughts on the best way to learn?
or is it just practice practice practice?
my balance isnt great (tired to stand while riding to find my balance but kept toppling over! found it easier in a trot strangely) but my instructor said id done really well to say ive not ridden for so long, i do need to relax more in the saddle.

i really enjoyed it so much though and im hooked. grin

Alameda Tue 30-Oct-12 20:25:02

I don't know the answers but am so glad you liked it! smile that's so terrible about the first place though, really shocking

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 20:33:47

the one i ended up going to is further away (double the distance in fact and takes 20 mins to get there) but i dont really feel like giving my business to the other place after the way they let me get ready, get there and then decide to tell me it was off. pissed off was not the word angry

i wouldnt mind if they had phoned at any point to apologise but they havent.

liked it - i loved it. absolutely loved it. the smell and everything - omg im hooked.

I hope you have reconciled yourself to the idea of waving bye-bye to a huge wodge of cash every month!

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 21:11:21

oh yes....i waved bye to some of it tonight! the stables do loans....grin

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 21:12:34

loans of ponies i mean not cash! ha! that would be good! this is a steady descent into having no money left...

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 21:16:10

i wonder if i will be able to walk tomorrow? my legs were a bit shaky when i dismounted!

ive had a radox bath!

Pixel Tue 30-Oct-12 21:48:26

Day after the day after (iyswim) is usually the worst grin.

ThatVikRinA22 Tue 30-Oct-12 22:18:18

its all so - bouncy! id forgotten how bouncy it all is! trotting is one thing but im a bit worried about trying a canter.....i think even my trot was a bit messy but it was ok.

how do you stay on during a canter? when i see people ride they look like they are glued to the saddle....now i know that i used to be able to do that but christ knows how....

thats what 30 years does....

Relaxation is one of the keys to canter (and to sitting trot) - especially in your back. Heather Moffat's Enlightened Equitation book is excellent for explaining how to sit to the different paces, amongst other things.

Also, I have no idea what your fitness is like, but if it's not great it can help to do some stretching and toning exercises in between your rides.

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 01-Nov-12 00:18:42

fitness not bad, but am aching today. booked another lesson for friday with a different school again - am going to try a few and see which i prefer.

i will go and search out that book....thank you for that.

i bought some 1/2 chaps today - sore shins! can chaps be washed or is it better not to?
i am aching today....grin

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