I have always been a horse lover and equestrian fan, but never had the chance to take it up as a sport. I do love riding horses. I had the opportunity to ride horses when growing up a few times at summer camp or birthday parties, and always wanted to do it more. Now as an adult I live down the street from a beautiful horse farm and stables, and every time I drive by and watch the equestrians on their horses I think about taking lessons. O.K., I’ll admit that a good part of it is the outfit. I love the equestrian look, and think I would look great strutting around in chaps and riding boots, and be able to tell people I am legitimately dressed that way for my riding lessons.
The other reason I have come to admire the sport is that I feel like it is such an empowering sport for girls and women. I would love for my daughter to take it up when she is old enough, especially considering our proximity to the equestrian center down the street. I decided to look into lessons for myself to start with and when I began to get my gear, (yes, and that cute outfit) I was shocked by how expensive the sport can be. Hmmm, maybe that’s why my parents never encouraged it when I was a kid! In any case, you know I know how to hunt down the best prices for most things and this was no different.
I found a there are discount places to buy equestrian gear like Equestrianclearance, and other ways not to break the bank. I found cute riding ankle boots that were 1/3 rd the cost because they were vinyl instead of leather but look exactly the same. I figure when I get my daughter started she won’t necessarily need the top of the line getup until I know how much she will be to riding. I also found great boots and riding gear on consignment for when she begins to ride, kids grow so quickly; I could see that being a great way to go. As for me, I got my chaps from equestrianclearance as well as the rest of my outfit. I know my own feet will not grow, so I found great riding boots I will be able to wear for other than riding as well. So if you see me around town looking like an equestrian, I just may be on my way to my riding lessons!
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