Horsing Around – Ann White Equipment

(Dawn) Hey folks, I’m Dawn Dawson with AGam in Kansas, her with the Horsin’ Around segment today and we were back visiting with Ann White of the Vermillion Valley Equine Center and also the Basement Tack store in Wamego, Kansas, talking jumping today. And we had a session a while back that we talked about beginners and what we needed to do. Today we’d like to talk about some of the equipment that Ann carries in her store and very necessary equipment for you to begin and learn how to do it properly. Ann, tell us what some of the basic stuff that we need to help us be better at it. (Ann) So, most people show up and they want to take a riding lesson and they come in their tennis shoes, or… we always encourage that they show up with a boot that has at least hard sole and a heel. And the reason for that is to keep their foot from sliding through the stirrup. If you come to ride an English saddle and you have a cowboy boot, the flap of our saddle is cut so that where your cowboy boot hits you about mid calf is gonna get stuck underneath the saddle. So, we wear a little boot like this called a Paddock boot and then we attach a half chap, which is just a piece of leather to protect our calves from getting pinched on our stirrups. (Dawn) So, that would probably be a more economical way to get started than a real expense tall riding boot. (Ann) Exactly, exactly. So, yea, we recommend this to get started, make sure that you’re gonna stick with it and like it before you invest in it. (Dawn) Yea, cause even in the western world, too short of a stirrup will get caught on your stirrup leather in a Western saddle, so that makes real good sense that you need to stop that. (Ann) Yes. (Dawn) Cause that would be distracting wouldn’t it? (Ann) It hurts. (Dawn) Yea. So, there’s a lot of discussion even in the Western world today about the helmets, that people are riding and the value of that. It’s required in… (Ann) It is required and any time you get on a horse or you’re taking a lesson you’d be required to wear a protective helmet. And you know, they come in all kinds of styles and price ranges, but you can get it… an entry level helmet would cost you about $45 dollars and you can spend up to a $1,000 dollars on a helmet if you like. (Dawn) What about saddles? (Ann) Saddles… in the beginning I would encourage that you find a barn or professionals like I had mentioned before that has all the equipment that you would need because a saddle is also another big investment and if you decide you don’t like it…and then once you decide you like it and you want to buy a saddle, it’s important again to kind of have a professional help you so that it fits you and it fits your horse properly. (Dawn) Because, you know, in the Western world there’s so many different types of saddles from a barrel racing saddle to cutting horse saddle to a roping saddle. It goes on and on. And it’s kind of the same in the English world isn’t it? (Ann) It’s definitely the same in the English world. You have your sage saddles, venting saddles, forward seat saddles, jumping saddles, equitation. They’re built not a lot different, but enough different that you know depends on which phase and area of the sport you want to concentrate. (Dawn) Well folks, I really recommend that if you get a chance there’s very few stores like this around in the Kansas area. So, if you’re in the Wamego, Kansas,area stop by the Basement Tack store in Wamego and you can get all this equipment, really beautiful clothing that they have there. You just, we’re at Equifest there’s so much stuff right here in this one booth. It’s amazing that you have all that down there. So, check it out. Thanks for joining us here on AGam in Kansas with the Horsin’ Around segment.

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