Ok, so I've been riding western pleasure the past few years and have decided to change over to an jumping. In what kind of equipment/attire will I need? And how expensive will this switchover be? Oh, and I've been looking around and there are all different styles and colors of breeches... Is there a certain type I'm looking for?? When I looked this stuff up on the internet, I got different answers from almost every site I looked at! ...I'm a little confused. Can anyone out there tell me what I need for when I start lessons?? Do I need the same things for lessons that I will for shows? Any tips or suggestions for me or other begining jumpers? I appreciate all help!! Thanks so much!

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Comment by amy on March 6, 2009 at 9:56pm
Thanks! I'll be sure to take a look at these links.
Comment by IrishRider on March 6, 2009 at 3:25pm
Here are some links, I hope they help.

Oh and I forgot to mention that I school a lot in my jeans, paddock boots and half chaps. Only recently have I started riding in breeches and tall boots but I'm starting my first show in 5 weeks and I need to get the feel of it.




Breeches (I love this brand but they are expensive. There is plenty of cheaper brands out there)


Helmet (I think this a great helmet that is good for both schooling and shows. Nice buy for the price)


Show saddle pad:




Paddock boots (These are what I have and they work really well. They aren't leather but for paddock boots I think that's ok and my first pair lasted me two years of wearing them every day, getting stepped on, etc. So for the price you can't beat them. Ariat's are also very good but more expensive.)


Let me know if you have any other questions.
Comment by IrishRider on March 6, 2009 at 2:03pm
Here is a list of the immediate things you will need:

- An English saddle and girth (Close Contact preferably, but All Purpose can work as well)
- Saddle pad (many people use a square pad to school in. I have a sheepskin half pad that I love)
- English bridle
- Paddock boots (or you can get a pair of tall boots, which are typically more expensive. Eventually it's really nice to have both.)
- Half chaps to wear with the paddock boots
- Helmet of course
- Gloves (I use some that have a crochet back for schooling)
- Breeches (you want the "knee patch" kind for jumping. Full seat breeches are more for dressage riders as it helps them stay in the saddle. For jumping you want to be able to get out of the saddle). Tan or beige are the main colors accepted in the show ring. Don't wear white unless you show in a higher class at a high rated show, which I'm guessing you aren't. ;)

If you plan to show:
- you'll have to have tall boots and breeches for sure
- Show coat
- Nice black leather show gloves
- Show shirt with "rat catcher" collar
- White fleece or sheepskin shaped saddle pad

So there really is not any answer to your price question. I guess the real answer is you will spend as much as you want to spend. Haha. Everything you need has different price points and you can find everything online which is where you can get some great deals. I would definitely try stuff on at a tack store so you know for sure what brands and sizes you like, but then you can go online and look around for a better deal. There are some items you don't want to skimp on like the saddle and other horse tack. Good leather tack will last you a long time and is well worth it. I also would not skimp on your show items. This does not mean that you can't find great deals on them though. Let me get some links to some of the items that I have/like and I'll post them so you can get a better idea.

Good luck, jumping is addictive and super fun!
Comment by Barbara F. on March 5, 2009 at 9:56am
I'm not a jumper rider, but I would think you need to start with proper breeches and boots (at least for the shows) and number one - a helmet! Also, I think jumper riders school a lot in half chaps and paddock boots, but I'm not sure. The best place to start is by visiting a reputable tack shop that caters to the jumper rider.

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