- What to Wear
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
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.