What to wear on your first riding lesson

Rider at Bowlers Riding School showing the correct protective hat

The Riding Hat

The most important part of your clothing. Everyone must wear a hat and you won’t be allowed to ride without one! While we have hats to hire for your first few lessons, it’s recommended that you purchase a new hat from a reputable source who will ensure it fits well on your head. Second hand hats are not recommended as damage to them can be unseen but affect the protectiveness of the hat. Further guidance on riding hats can be found here…

It must be well fitting and conform to the following Safety Standards:

Hats bearing only the EN1384 or BSEN1384 standard will no longer be accepted under BHS hat rules for 2016.However, hats would be acceptable if they carry EN1384 or BSEN1384 and another standard such as those listed:

  • PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)
  • VG1 01.040 (2014-12)
  • ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)
  • SNELL E2001
  • AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards)

Basic Equipment

Riding / Jodhpur Boots or boots that have a smooth sole and a small heel must be worn. The heel prevents the foot from slipping through the stirrup iron and getting stuck. Trainers and wellies are not suitable so you won’t be allowed to ride in them. We have boots available for hire.

A selection of the right equipment needed for Riding Lessons at Bowlers Riding School

Proper horse riding gloves can be obtained cheaply but any kind of gloves that prevent rubbing and blisters on the hands and provide protection in the cold winter months would be suitable.

Jodhpurs are recommended but any long trousers such as leggings or tracksuit bottoms will be fine. Jeans can rub and pinch so are not the best thing to wear. Shorts and skirts are not suitable.

A Rider wearing smart Riding gear for Riding Lesson at Bowlers Riding School

A long sleeved top, sweatshirt or properly fastened jacket is preferred. Clothing shouldn’t flap about and shoulders must be covered, so vest tops are not advised.

Long hair must be tied back in a low ponytail or plait, or placed into a hairnet. No jewellery should be worn, especially earrings and necklaces, and no items such as mobile phones and keys should be kept in your pockets. Valuables can be given to the instructor to keep safe while you are riding.

Body Protectors are optional at Bowlers Riding School but an increasing number of our riders are starting to wear them. Additional information is best sought before purchasing one, further guidance can be found here…