For some reason I thought shopping for horse clothes would be an entirely different and way more exciting endeavor than for street or work clothes.
Turns out I was wrong.
Having made my eyes bleed looking through online used tack ads without really having any idea what I needed, I decided the better course of action was to head to a tack store and try on all the things.
First stop was the Farm House. It’s about an hour from me, but boasts a massive sale room that looked promising. My first mistake was letting the hubby and kid come along. It was a race to see which one got bored the quickest.
I wandered around the regular floor then headed to the sale room. Wow. So much stuff. So cheap. I found a gorgeous show coat originally $300 for only $20! I hoped it would fit but it was both too wide and too long. I debated getting it and having it tailored but I have no real clue how a show coat should fit and I doubt a tailor would either.
They also had tall boots for only $40, but again not in my size. The lady helped size me in boots and it turns out I’m a pretty easy fit. I do have very small ankles but the Ariat Heritage Contour fit me really well in a 6 regular. I’m now scouring the internet hoping to find a pair used.
Everything I touched was well over $100 and I was not in the position to drop that much right now. Maybe later if I decide to stick with this I can upgrade things.
I was there about 90 minutes when I started getting texts about both men being bored, so I didn’t get to try on any shirts or breeches to see what may fit.
We went home and ate lunch and I put both boys to bed and headed to the closer tack store: The Tack Shop. I figured the prices would be lower since it isn’t so close to TIEC and is in town versus the middle of expensive horse country. I was right.
The ladies were so helpful. They shoved breeches at me until I had tried on every type in the store. Turns out I’m an odd fit. When the waist fit right, the legs were super baggy. When the legs fit right, I could barely snap the buttons. Just like blue jeans. I hate shopping.
I never actually found a good fitting pair. I started with a size 28 since my thread bare, more holes than material, Tuff Riders are a 24 and while they still fit it is a bit obscene. Half the time they were too tight. The other half too big. 30s were almost always too big in both waist and legs except in one pair where I couldn’t even buckle them. 26s were almost always too tight in the waist but great in the legs. Ugh.
She finally shoved some tights at me and started with a medium but those were too big. I tried on a pair of Kerrits full seat micro cord breeches with belt loops in black and they actually fit really well everywhere. I was hoping to get a pair in white just because, by they only came in tan or black. I had her go ahead and order the tans ones so I knew I had at least one pair I could show in for both phases of a CT. Buying used is going to be really tricky since nothing apparently fits me. I wear a size 6 jeans and medium skirts. This shouldn’t be that hard.
The Tack Shop also has a consignment section and had several pairs of tall field boots, but none in my size. She wrote down what I needed though in case someone comes in with a pair later.
I never got around to trying on show shirts because that is my last concern and I still need to verify if I need a coat or not. Hopefully Trainer can help me out here when I ride with her next.
I came home, found both boys still asleep 3 hours later, and put out an ISO ad on some Facebook sites for the remainder of what I need so hopefully someone will have something useful and not expensive because….
I went ahead and signed up for my first ever CT on June 4th!!!!
I’m super excited. It will be Intro B and 18″ cross rails in stadium. I think we can at least safely do both without looking like complete fools.
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Have you tried girl’s breeches? They are shaped a bit differently than women’s and I find that if you fit in the 24-28 range in women breeches you can usually get into a pair of 16-20 kid’s breeches. Might be worth a shot (and hey girl’s breeches are cheaper).
Never though of that. I will have to try them.
I like tights instead of breeches. They usually fit much better. I have the opposite problem: big thighs, smaller waist so nothing ever fits me either. The Kerrits show coats are cheap, can be thrown in the wash, and stay relatively cool. Here’s one on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gray-Medium-Kerrits-Ladies-Competitors-Coat-/322488400524?hash=item4b15ce7a8c:g:0KEAAOSwVm5Y97dq
Thank you for the tip! I need to figure out if I need a coat or not. The tack shop lady said I did because while it is schooling they are running a rated show along with it and the judges prefer coats. I need to verify that.
You might need the coat then.
If you like the Kerrits microchord (which I love), you may have luck with Irideon’s breeches as well. AND they come in white! (They’re the only pair of white breeches I own. The feel and the sizing are similar to Kerrits, which is my go-to brand.)
My endurance tights are Irideon and I love them. I didn’t know they came in white!
Yay congrats on signing up!! You will do super!
Yay so excited you signed up!!! I think you’ll have a blast!!!
You were a big influence!
This is exciting! I am a tough fit for breeches because there’s a big difference between my hips and waist. I go with fitting my hips and legs and then belt the waist. Once you find what fits you can then find sales online (riding warehouse springs to mind). I wouldn’t be in a hurry for white anyway. Tan is perfectly acceptable for what you are showing.
I’ll probably have to go that way. Low rise fits me way better than waist high. I have an abnormally tall and skinny waist and bigger hips. If I go low rise I can get the waist to match my hips better.
I just really like the way white looks.