When you first start riding is it essential to have your own body protector?

It's not a mandatory requirement for new riders, but regardless of the activity, if you have access to a body protectory that fits properly (this is the reason we don't currently supply them, as sizes very tremendously), then we would always recommend you wear one.
Whilst our horses are fantastic, an excellent safety record, and strict rules in place, being a realist, it's a fact that horses are unpredictable in some circumstances, even a 20 year veteran can sometimes do things that are unexpected. For this reason, we don't allow clients to go Hacking or join Group Lessons until they've learned the fundamentals and gained essential experience in our Indoor Arena, which has a sand/rubber surface, which does mitigate the risk (in comparison with chalk/flint type ground found on Sussex's South Downs).
If you've never ridden a horse before, it's probably a good idea to have some lessons first, before making the purchase of a body protector. We supply hats as standard, but recommend you purchase your own after a couple of months if you ride regularly, the same applies to jodphurs and boots (we do have a limited stock of boots though).

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