What You Need for Your First Lesson

Joining a sport centered around your love of horses is exciting! You are gearing up for your first lesson, and you are trying to make sure you get off on the right foot. While every barn could have different requirements for what to bring, here is a list of 3 things that will help you get ahead. 

  1. A riding helmet is usually required by most facilities and is a requirement at Crimson Stables. When you sign up for the starter program, a helmet will be included in the lesson cost. If you are interested in owning your own helmet, you can buy them at a local tack shop or online. 

  2. Riding boots are a must have for your first lesson. You will need to make sure that you have a pair of sturdy, closed- toe boots that have at least ½ inch of heel. The raised heel ensures that your foot will not slide through the stirrup. Your instructor may have a preference on the kind of boots, so be sure to ask those questions when you speak to them about your first lesson. 

  3. Comfortable pants that you aren't worried about getting dirty and aren't too loose are the best choice for your lessons. At Crimson Stables, these need to be either breeches, jeans, or leggings. You will want to make sure that your clothes are comfortable to move in but snug enough that your instructor can see your body positioning while you learn to ride. This will help your instructor make minor adjustments to body movements that will help you improve.

With these three things, you should be ready to go to your first lesson. With the Crimson Stables starter package, you will have a helmet, boots, and riding gloves included, but don't forget your comfortable pants! Be sure to also bring a water bottle and put on your sunscreen, too. Remember, your first lesson is exciting so have fun! If you are interested in signing up for the Crimson Stables starter package, visit or call 812-287-7326.

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