Kids are always keen to start a new hobby, and as a parent this can often work in your favour. Not only does it mean that your children develop new skills, but it also gives you a bit of peace and quiet in the home whilst they are out and about! However you want to ensure that whatever your kids do, they are safe and well – this is especially true if they are taking up an activity such as horse riding.
It is amazing how timeless the activity of horse riding is; it is something that has been done for many years and often gets passed down from generation to generation. It is also fairly accessible for many children, and is also popular with those with disabilities. However it is important to make sure that your son or daughter has the right gear before they take to the reins.
If your child has an interest in this activity, you should find this blog post really helpful. You will be able to read about all of the equipment and clothing they will need before they get started. Here are the top items to buy or borrow:
Riding helmet (hat)
One of the most important pieces of equipment is a riding hat so make sure you prioritise this above anything else. You will be able to find them in country attire shops both on the high street as well as online, and prices will range depending on the brand. Of course, you don’t need to shell out for the most expensive items until you are sure that your child has truly fallen in love with the activity!
Another essential item is a body protector; these are required if your child plans on doing more than a couple of lessons. A body protector has shock absorbing foam panels which mould around the body; these are ideal in the case of any falls during the horse riding session. Some may also have reflective features, making them useful in the dawn and dusk hours too. Again, body protectors come in a range of price brackets, so purchase something you are comfortable with.
You may not necessarily need to buy jodhpurs straight away but you will likely need to get some a couple of lessons in. Leggings can be used in the meantime, but jodhpurs provide more flexibility and protection. There are many colours available, but you should check whether the riding school has a dress code or etiquette code to ensure your choice is a sensible one.
Your child will also find that riding boots can be essential whilst on the horse and in the yard. It can be quite messy when in the stables, so a reliable pair of boots will mean that they can keep their trousers clean enough, as well as having enough grip on the ground. Boots come in many different styles; eventually you may want to invest in a couple of different types to suit the seasons.