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Curleyhazel Fri 09-Aug-13 22:45:26

Dd is starting riding lessons soon and I wondered what basic gear I need to get for her. I guess a hat and body protector are essential but what else will she need to get started?

Also (and this is a bit silly) but she saw a girl at the pony club with a pink body protector. Does anyone know where I might find one? Tia

goldie81 Thu 19-Sep-13 06:55:15

Shop near park street/watford- are you on about butterfoal?
Patchetts great- maybe slightly more expensive, but one member staff especially who is amazing & just knows everything!!

ExitPursuedByADragon Wed 11-Sep-13 07:58:46

I don't think she will need a body protector yet.

mrslaughan Wed 11-Sep-13 07:51:56

Titmuss in weathampstead is good if you still looking for a tack shop in herts

stevenmcintyre Tue 10-Sep-13 23:52:31

I order all my saddlery from who ship for free and stock a large range of saddles. Customer support is good too for an online tack shop.

burberryqueen Tue 13-Aug-13 14:50:57

ahh fond memories of the motorway footbridge...grin

Butkin Tue 13-Aug-13 04:03:36

We go to a BSPS show (15a) in the Spring at Patchetts every year. It is always rammed and very competitive. The car parks overfill by about 7am and then you have to go across the motorway and bring the ponies across on the footbridge. The warm ups are always heaving and the classes chock full of top ponies.

Nothing wrong with the place at all but it is probably one of our most stressful shows of the year - mostly because of the car parking..

burberryqueen Mon 12-Aug-13 10:57:32

butkin can i ask why Patchetts makes you shudder?
i am just curious as I finished my training there 30 years ago when it was quite a different place, it was a lovely friendly school.

Frenchatty Mon 12-Aug-13 10:43:53

Thanks cookielove, that's really useful.

thingamajig Sun 11-Aug-13 20:19:15

Colman's Croft in St Albans is where I went as a child, it was brilliant then, dont know now.

Butkin Sun 11-Aug-13 20:14:48

We drive over an hour to get to Ingatestone Saddlery - we think it's great.

Patchetts makes me shudder!

Pixel Sun 11-Aug-13 17:22:12

Sorry Butkin, it's just that I can think of lots of things much better than willies grin.

VeryHappyMama Sun 11-Aug-13 16:20:33

Just had a quick read through sorry if it's already been mentioned but trousers without a seam (so not jeans) would be good and once she is into it a pair of jodphurs would be comfiest. I know some people ride in jeans but I find it v.uncomfortable...

cookielove Sun 11-Aug-13 15:57:58

Tack Shop - Patchetts Equestrian Centre

The actual school is a bit poncy but the shop is fab!!

cookielove Sun 11-Aug-13 15:56:21

I got my pink whip from decathalon in essexs, they have quite a good selection but you won't be able to get the specialist service a tack shop would offer.

cookielove Sun 11-Aug-13 15:54:08

There ia a fab one on the way to watford from park Street in Hertfordshire! I'll try and get the name

Butkin Sun 11-Aug-13 15:50:14

Oops well spotted Pixel - wellingtons of course blush

Littlebigbum Sun 11-Aug-13 08:42:38

The boots are cute, go big with thick socks. Can get cold at the yard.

Pixel Sat 10-Aug-13 21:47:06


Butkin Sat 10-Aug-13 21:35:54

Great price and they will do the job - much better than willies and she'll get loads of casual wear out of them down the stables or wherever. Err on the side of caution as you can always wear thicker socks until her feet grow into them.

Curleyhazel Sat 10-Aug-13 20:26:07

How about these boots?

They seem good value, would they do? If she wears a size 9 in canvas shoes, would a size 9/10 work?

Curleyhazel Sat 10-Aug-13 19:57:14

Thanks for the links, I'll check them in a moment.

Curleyhazel Sat 10-Aug-13 19:56:27

Ok, so jodhpurs and a fitted hat to start with and if she enjoys it get a fitted bp after a few months? Is it essential to try the jodhpurs on?

Littlebigbum Sat 10-Aug-13 19:00:16

Littlebigbum Sat 10-Aug-13 18:57:57

Honestly [Curley] she will probably do it once and hate it. Just worry about the boots and wait. County Shows are great for the latest fashions.

Gilbertus Sat 10-Aug-13 18:34:49

Wellies are positively dangerous IMO as they are so wide and clumpy they can get stuck in the stirrup. You can borrow a hat from the school and add bits as you go.

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