My DD want's to start horse riding - HELP!(21 Posts)
My DD want's to start horse riding! She's just gone off to Uni and has fallen in with a 'horsey' crowd.
I was on the phone with her last night and she said that she's going to start taking riding lessons in the new year, I'd like to help but I can't afford a horse!
So I thought I'd help by trying to get her a few bits for Xmas to help her start out.
What would she need and what and where can I get it all from?
I accidentally started this thread in Sport & Exercise as I hadn't seen this part of the forum before, a nice user pointed me in this direction
How about paying for some lessons for her for Christmas? She might find she doesn't like it in reality and it would be a shame to buy expensive kit if she doesn't stick with it. A riding school will lend hats and boot. If you want to get her some kit though the priorities are:
Riding hat (about £45 - £50) You'd have to take her to the shop though as they have to be fitted
Jodphur boots and half chaps (don't get long boots for a beginner) (again about £40 - £50 for basic ones)
Jodphurs (anything from £20 upwards)
Riding gloves (£2 for 'magic' gloves £20 for nice leather ones, a few options in between)
Layers on top are the best thing as you get surprisingly warm
You could try Robinsons or Derby House (online) for everything except a hat, otherwise there are likely to be tack shops somewhere near you (we horsey peope get everywhere) Try yellow pages or google.
Are you going to give it a try as well?
Derby house have got some good offers on at the moment - nice jod boots for £35 and free delivery, so worth a look
Would definitely agree with getting her some lessons before investing in all the gear. She will be able to borrow a hat from a riding school if she goes for lessons.
I get all my stuff from Equestian Clearance online- they have some fantastic bargains. As said above, you will need to go to a tack shop to get things like hats/body protectors as they need to be fitted.
Hope she enjoys it, it is very addictive!
Thanks for the info. she's had a few 'taster' sessions already and has borrowed hats etc from the riding school, she enjoyed herself immensely and wants to continue
As you said PerditaMcLeod it's addictive!
I've done a search on Google for Equestrian Clearance and I've come across this site: Dogwood London
It all looks cheap enough, It's not massively far from us so I might see if they are open and nab my daughter to get a hat fitted out for her.
There are so many brands to choose from, are they all basically the same or are there particular brands to go for?
i started riding about 2 months ago, and DD started about a month ago.
i went to a local equestrian store and got kitted out - my boots were £20, half chaps £32, jods £20 and hat was fitted for me while there and was about £50.
ive not kitted DD out yet as i need to be sure she is going to stick with it before i go shelling out - she is 15.
Ive also asked for some books for xmas as i would like my own horse eventually.
i love it and DD seems to really enjoy it too - just another lesson or so and i will go and buy her the kit she needs!
I buy most of my stuff online from here...
Personally, I don't have any great loyalty to any brand, I just tend to buy what the have on offer. The only thing I won't penny pinch on is safety equipment.
Just bought some fabulous riding wellies that are warm and keep the mud and water out for £28 :-)
Vicar, I recently signed up for a horse share- I ride up to three times a week and get much more of the 'horse ownership' experience. Good way to find out how ready you are to take the plunge!
I use equestrian clearance too, if you have got a local tack shop though that's a great place to start. Re hats, yes there are safety standards. I think they HAVE to be en1384/bsen1384 for you to wear one at a riding school. The next level is PAS 015 which I believe you need if sj or Xc competing? Could be wrong though!
I wouldn't worry about buying a horse yet, it might just be a uni phase? Maybe you could have a lesson with her too over Xmas?!
Oh, I wasn't serious about buying a horse :D
I could never afford the upkeep!
Thanks for the info on the safety standards.
I keep coming across Charles Owen, they seem to be pretty good hats.
GD has someTesco Value jods that she wears for shows as they are such a good fit, and my best jods are from Tesco
Those Dogwood people are high end and expensive. I agree that Equestrian Clearance, Hope Valley Saddlery, Derby House are the way to go. Ebay can also be ideal for horsey stuff - we buy most of our gear online but definitely start with a tack shop for hat (Charles Owen are great) and jodphur boots.
Also think about a back protector - a definite if wanting to jump.
If she decides to specialise in any specific disiplines then come back to us because that is a mine-field for the uninitiated!
my hat is a Charles Owen one - my head is too round for a traditional riding hat so a skull cap was the best fit for me. my hat was about £47 i think. Its best to go and get a hat properly fitted to ensure its going to do its job properly.
Thanks for all of the advice and warnings everyone!
I've done some Googling again and I might be wrong but does a Skull Cap not have a Brim? I've also been looking into KEP, are they like Charles Owen?
Thanks for the heads up Butkin, I've been looking at their hats page www.dogwoodlondon.co.uk/shop/equestrian-clothing/riding-hats/riding-hats-all - It doesn't seem too expensive, especially around their clearance section (If DD has the right size head I can buy one on the cheap).
Unfortunately I can't find any other retailers near me besides Dogwood London, I know it's best to get the hat fitted instead of just blindly ordering off the net so I think I'll still have to take DD over there if DH will drive us :3
Just so that I can brush up on my lingo, I keep seeing the phrase 'Saddlery' pop up, do they only do Saddles, is it different to a 'Tack Shop'?
Skull caps don't have a brim and you buy a cap cover (either silky or velvet) to cover them in your daughter's choice of colour/s. They are used for general hacking, schooling and jumping. They are your starting point and much less than 100 quid.
You can buy ones with a peak but they are more expensive and for the committed/competitors.
A saddlery usually implies a tack shop that also sells leatherware ie saddles and bridles. They will also serve a good selection of "tack" and clothing and will usually be bigger than a "tack" shop.
Are you in Central London? If not then there should be plenty of saddlers/tack shops to visit. Give us a clue to your location...
Oh right, Skull Cap it is then if it's for just generally riding.
Thank you for explaining the difference between a Tack Shop and Saddlery, No I'm not in Central London, I'm up in Newbury.
Make sure the helmet is the most recent safety standard (the safest you can buy) I think this is PAS 015 / 2011 but check with your shop.
Also I would recommend a body protector.
It all costs money but you can't put a price on safety.
OK so Thresher's Barn in Thatcham seems to do hat/body protector fitting and presumably are quite close. They are open 7 days a week.
Alternatively Centell Saddlery in Tilehurst, Newbury have a good website so you can compare prices on line. They seem to stock all the good brands. They are also open 7 days a week and have late night shopping as well.
Thanks for the info Butkin, I've got more choice now
DD and I are going to try to visit a few places over the weekend!
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