Riders in the riding school must wear an ASTM or SEI approved riding helmet when on or working around the horses. Westar Farms has approved helmets that riders may use for the first month of lessons while they make sure that riding is the sport for them, however we do not guarantee their fit and function for safety. Long hair should be tied back in a pony tail.
Beginners should wear comfortable stretch pants or riding pants (jeans are not comfortable for riding). No shorts.
Wear boots with a very small heel. Garden rubber boots are fine to start. In winter, warm boots with a small heel.
A suitable top for riding is a polo shirt or t-shirt with short or long sleeves and added layers as needed. No hoodies, please.
Every rider beyond the first few beginner lessons, should have:
– a lead shank (no chain)
– grooming equipment: curry comb, dandy brush, body brush, hoof pick, shedding blade and a tote to keep them in.
– Riders in mini-groups and above should also have tack cleaning equipment: tack soap, small scrubby sponge, small bucket for water, small towel
You can can purchase riding equipment at area tack shops including: Vision Saddlery (Bells Corners), Greenhawk Harness and Supply (Nepean), Ashland Tack & Feed (Ashton) Encore Equestrian (Merrickville), or Apple Saddlery (East Ottawa) or you can find many items second hand. Always buy a helmet, new and not used to be sure it is still in good shape.