Your first riding lesson is an exciting time! You certainly want to make a good impression on your instructor. Although every lesson has different preferences and you should always listen to your barn's suggestions or rules, below you will find a general guide to a happy, safe first experience.
From Head to Toe:
- Helmet: In many states, and generally anywhere that rides English, you must wear an ASTM/SEI certified helmet. One of the best beginner helmets is the Ovation Deluxe Schooler.
- Shirt: Your shirt should be relatively tight fitting so that your instructor can see and correct your form. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather (barns will always be cooler than you think!) Polos or T-shirts like this one are both popular, depending on the barn.
- Pants: For your first lesson, it is very appropriate to wear a comfortable pair of jeans you don't mind getting dirty. If you'd like to look the part, TuffRider makes great, cheap breeches, the equestrian pant of choice.
- Boots: Your boots must have a heel. Rubber soles are great when walking through the muck of a stall or pasture. Again, TuffRider makes a great cheap paddock (short) boot.
- Bonus! Half-Chaps: Half-Chaps are pieces of leather that cover your calves to protect them from rubs from the saddle. Dublin has a great starter pair.
The most important piece of any first lesson outfit is a Smile! You are there to have FUN!