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ah. DD wants to learn how to ride. where on earth do I start?

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TaggieCampbellBlack Sun 07-Apr-13 19:49:33

She's 15 and has aspergers. She's been doing a one day a week course at local race-horse rescue (a wonderful, lovely place).

Anyway. We are not a horsey family. All I know of horses comes from Jilly Cooper. I have no idea where to start. From what google tells me there is a stable who does lessons about 20 minutes away. Do I just ring them?

How much do lessons cist?
Does she need a hat and jhodpurs?

We're in north wilts if anyone has any advice.


Butkin Fri 12-Apr-13 14:11:43


Galena Fri 12-Apr-13 13:56:31

DD LOVED it! smile Going to get her some jodhpur boots smile

olibeansmummy Tue 09-Apr-13 19:06:46

I bought ds's jodhpurs boots for £5 second hand from eBay. They're as good as new as only worn for lessons and as he's only 3 I'd rather not pay a fortune as he'll grow quickly. Got them a size too big too and he wears 2 pairs of socks. Same for his jodhpurs but the were only £3.95. Bargain!

Galena Tue 09-Apr-13 14:05:24

Great, thanks! Will wait till she's had her trial on Thursday and if she likes it, I think I might get her a pair...

Butkin Tue 09-Apr-13 13:55:34

Yes Equestrian Clearance have a very good name and those ones would be ideal...

Butkin Tue 09-Apr-13 13:53:59

Put in Jodphur boots into Ebay and you'll see them - narrow and smooth soled ideal for riding. They aren't expensive at all - you can get perfectly good ones for less than 20 pounds new on Ebay.

Much better for riding than other sorts of boots. However they are short so eventually you may need to buy some half chaps (like leather or suede gaiters than come below the knee) to go with them to offer your DD some lower leg protection. Alternatively she could wear riding socks which are thickish ones that come below the knee and are grippy in the right places. Again not expensive.

Pixel Tue 09-Apr-13 13:37:51

Sorry meant to say, yes to thick socks, especially at the moment. Feet tend to get very cold when riding and you don't notice until you get off and go "ouch ouch" as you hit the ground! If the weather should by some miracle warm up you could get some insoles instead.

Pixel Tue 09-Apr-13 13:35:13

They look smart, and a good price! Actually I'm a bit envy cos I just paid £36 for ds's! (and I thought I was getting a bargain as that was with a voucher too). He's just been to the hospital about problems with his feet so I wanted him to be able to try them on before buying. Among other things he's inherited my very awkward wide feet and high arches so we ended up visiting several shops before we found a pair that would go on him. I'm the same, can't even order a pair of wellies online and expect them to fit. Oh well, I can always sell them on ebay when he outgrows them in about 2 months probably smile.

Galena Tue 09-Apr-13 08:23:42

Are these ok? They seem a really good price. DD is a child size 7 at the moment, so I could get the 8s and give her thick socks for now?

I think zip ones are going to be a good idea, Pixel, because DD's ankles are very flexible and trying to get feet in boots can be a nightmare!

50BalesOfHay Mon 08-Apr-13 22:13:59

Unless a child (or an adult for that matter) is experienced, capable, and subtle with their legs they should be in jodphur boots. Otherwise they will do nasty flappy kicking in long boots. Especially those awful long rubber ones. Jodphur boots till that can go from halt to canter without visible leg aid is my rule for graduating to long leather boots. Muckers etc are the enemy of accurate leg aids.

Pixel Mon 08-Apr-13 19:29:52

I've just been out today and bought ds new jodhpur boots as he'd outgrown his others. I've got him ones with zips down the fronts this time as the elasticated ones are fiendishly difficult to get on a child with stiff ankles and a tendency to curl up his toes! I'm not sure how your dd's disablility affects her but this might be worth bearing in mind. I've put off getting them before because I'm a cheapskate they are a bit more expensive but I've decided it's worth it. Hopefully he might be able to put them on by himself.
I haven't even bothered trying to get him into long rubber boots as wellies are enough of a trial. He does have some half chaps to stop his legs being rubbed but wearing knee length socks will do just as well really.

mrslaughan Mon 08-Apr-13 14:55:14

EBay is great for second hand riding gear for kids , jodhpurs boots and jodhpurs. I think kids that are learning are better off on short jodhpur boots rather than long riding boots.
Just don't buy second Hand hats.

Equimum Mon 08-Apr-13 12:53:45

It might also be worth looking at second hand sites for boots, jods grow out of things so quickly that you can often find virtually brand new riding attire for a fraction of the price.

Galena Mon 08-Apr-13 12:40:18

Thanks smile Will see how she gets on. smile

CalamityKate Mon 08-Apr-13 11:48:52

Riding boots are either long or short (in which case they're called jodhpur boots) and they have a small heel and fairly smooth soles.

You can also get yard boots or muck boots which are supposed to be ok to ride in but I don't like them; their soles are too thick and grippy for my liking and the laces or Velcro fastenings get in the way.

Cheapest place for jodhpur boots is probably online. Buy them a bit big to allow for thick socks/growth.

Galena Mon 08-Apr-13 11:36:33

Calamity, sorry, I'm going to sound dense now... What are riding boots like? How different are they from, say, walking boots? Do you know of places to buy them fairly cheaply?

Thing is, we want DD to do quite a bit of riding because we need to build up her core muscles before an op at the end of the year. So if they're far better than what she's got, I'd prefer to buy something sooner rather than later (Once I know if she likes it...). It sounds like she'll be being led for a year or so though...

CalamityKate Mon 08-Apr-13 11:22:39

We used to prefer riders to wear shoes with a small heel (think boys school shoes) rather than wellies. But after a hat, proper boots are the next most important bit of gear. We used to lend hats out FOC but not boots - we'd tell people to borrow hats for as long as they liked but to please buy boots ASAP.

We'd accept wellies in the short term on tiny tots who were still being led but definitely not for "proper" riding.

Galena Mon 08-Apr-13 11:14:28

Well DD is booked in for a 'farm ride' on Thursday. This school doesn't start proper lessons until the age of 5ish, so what they offer for the younger ones is 'Foot-escorted' half hour sessions around the farm to get them used to being on a horse. They have said that DD's walking boots with a heel will be ok (They would allow wellies at this stage, but have boots for hire once the child is going more often).

50BalesOfHay Mon 08-Apr-13 01:05:53

MyCatsRule wellies aren't fine to ride in. For one thing they are too wide and grippy and feet can easily get stuck. The other thing is that it is very difficult to get the leg postion and aids right in wellies, the poor horse gets kicked because wellies don't allow enough feel. Any decent riding school will hire boots for about 50p a lesson. I'd think twice about a school that allowed them

Galena Sun 07-Apr-13 21:46:57

We're on the waiting list for RDA, but have been told they have a long waiting list and no idea how long it'll be. sad

TaggieCampbellBlack Sun 07-Apr-13 21:17:44

I aactually hadn't thought about RDA.
I shall ponder on it.

TaggieCampbellBlack Sun 07-Apr-13 21:16:23

Not at all Un. If I could get her lessons for £4 rather than £20 along with a bit of AS understanding, that'd be bloody perfect.

UnChartered Sun 07-Apr-13 21:11:38

sorry yes, that was me getting carried away blush wasn't trying to indoctrinate you into the ways of the RDA Taggie


Pixel Sun 07-Apr-13 21:11:24

My friend is a freelance instructor and teaches some of the older kids from Ds's school so there are other alternatives.

TaggieCampbellBlack Sun 07-Apr-13 21:09:14

It doesn't need to be RDA. DD would probably prefer it wasn't.

I'll ring around.

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