Getting Started

We always get the question "What do I need for my riding lessons?", so we put a list together for you that you can find below. 

 

Below we will give you all the needed information to you gear for the different disciplines we are offering here at Pony Gang Equestrian Services in Camden. 

Hunter/Jumper / English Riding

Helmet

As for English riding all Students are required to wear SEI approved helmets regardless of age when riding horses at Pony Gang Farm.  Pony Gang Equestrian Services provides helmets for students for evaluation lessons or the first couple of riding lesson. After your first month we ask that our student purchase their own helmet to ensure your best safety. 

Gloves

Riding gloves are not required, but they provide grip for the reins and in the winter time also will keep your hands warm. 

Please don't use regular mittens or other gloves, because they do not provide the needed grip and will not be allowed during lessons. 

Pants

Students must wear long pants like jeans, riding pants, leggings or other long pants, that cover all skin on their legs when riding. 

Please no baggy pants or jersey workout material pants.

Footwear

Try-out lessons students and new students just starting in our lessons program can wear any type of boots when riding as long as these shoes are closed in and have a two-inch heel. Boots also should have a sole with traction and be completely slick.

Students in regular lesson programs need to purchase a pair of short English riding boots called paddock boots if riding English/Hunter or if older as 12 years can purchase a pair of English tall riding boots. 



Western Riding

Helmet

As for Western riding all Students are required to wear SEI approved helmets regardless of age when riding horses at Pony Gang Farm.  Pony Gang Equestrian Services provides helmets for students for evaluation lessons or the first couple of riding lesson. After your first month we ask that our student purchase their own helmet to ensure your best safety. 

 

Footwear

Try-out lessons students and new students just starting in our lessons program can wear any type of boots when riding as long as these shoes are closed in and have a two-inch heel. Boots also should have a sole with traction and be completely slick.

Students in regular lesson programs need to purchase a pair of western boots that are not too bulky.



Equestrian Vaulting

Helmet

Vaulting is the only  horse activity where wearing a helmet is not convenient. 

But on the beginning our students are more than welcome to wear a helmet if they feel safer this way. If vaulters stay with the sport longer they will not be using a helmet. 

Read this article: 

https://www.americanvaulting.org/safety/FaulknerArticle.pdf

Footwear

 A pair of gymnastic shoes will do for the beginning. But best are a pair of vaulting shoes. 

Pants

A pair of stretchy tight pants, like leggings or athletic pants.

Shirts

Comfortable shirts, that are not to wide and can be tucked in. Best are even Gymnastic shirts. 



Trick riding

Helmet

As for Trick riding all Students are required to wear SEI approved helmets regardless of age when riding horses at Pony Gang Farm.  Pony Gang Equestrian Services provides helmets for students for evaluation lessons or the first couple of riding lesson. After your first month we ask that our student purchase their own helmet to ensure your best safety. 

 

Footwear

 

A pair of soft soled tennis shoes, better even is a pair of wrestling shoes if you like to get deeper into Trick riding. 

Pants

A pair of stretchy pants, like yoga or athletic pants

Shirts

Comfortable shirts, that need to be tuck into the waistband of the pants.