What to Wear

Beginner Rider
A certified equestrian helmet is required. New beginners should start out using an Epona's Grove helmet for the first few lessons. These are available for a $1 per lesson. Please buy your first helmet through a local tack shop, ask for recommendations from your instructor. This way you can try on several brands and be properly fitted. Take care of helmets by never throwing them around or leaving in a hot car!
Never buy a used helmet there is no guarantee that they are still safe. They may be internally damaged while appearing OK on the outside.
Boots are required for all riders. Your boots should have a hard sole and ½ inch heel. Paddock shoes, jodhpur boots, rubber or leather hunt boots are all good. Low heeled Western boots may be OK, but some riders have a problem with them catching on the saddle flap while posting the trot. Please do not wear any higher heeled “fashion” boots. You may wear the lighter type of hiking boot as long as it doesn't have “lug” soles. The large gaps in the sole can get stuck on the stirrups.
Long pants such a “western” jeans or stretch jeans are fine. Make sure they are loose or stretchy enough to mount and sit well, but not extremely baggy. Later you will want to get a pair of jodhpurs (with short boots) or breeches (for hunt boots). If you need a belt, please wear one, however no large buckles that can catch on saddles and scrape the tack.
Shirts such as T-shirts or any shirt with sleeves and a collar work. All shirts must be tucked in. Please no sleeveless like tank tops, spaghetti straps, or halters.
No Jewelry except an wrist watch, small stud earring, small ring. Necklaces are not recommended but if worn must be inside of the shirt. No bracelets.
No cell phones while riding or working with the horses. Please put them in a safe place.
Eyeglasses, you may want a sport band to keep them secure.
Hair, long or short, make sure it's not in your face as this is very distracting while riding. Long hair should be in a low “George Washington” or a single or double braids. No hard barrettes under your helmet. Just make sure your hairstyle is comfortable and doesn't interfere with helmet fit.

In order to learn and enjoy riding please dress for the weather! We ride outdoors in the sun, wind and even light rain. In cooler times plan on "long-johns", gloves that grip the reins, and layered clothing that can be added or removed according to temperatures, wind and activity. You won't have fun riding if you're cold. In warmer weather you'll need sun screen and of course plenty of bottled water. Working around horses you will get dusty, hairy, muddy, etc. all riding and barn clothing should be sturdy and washable!!

It's always a good idea to check with your instructor before buying new clothing or equipment. There are often budget friendly choices that work just as well as more expensive items.