For his/her first lessons, a new rider will need only three things – long pants with some stretch, footwear with a firm sole and a low heel, and a proper ASTM-certified riding helmet. An approved ASTM helmet is a must-have item and you'll need to purchase one designed for horseback riding – bike helmets and hockey helmets are not appropriate for equestrian activities. Do not consider used helmets either, as there is no way to determine if there is structural damage inside the shell. Go to a local tack shop and have your new helmet correctly fitted by a trained salesperson there.
The New Brunswick Equestrian Association is a not-for-profit sport-governing office that provides education, leadership and support to individuals, associations and businesses in New Brunswick's horse community. We provide our members with a variety of services, programs and benefits, and we represent their interests to the general public and to varying levels of government.
EVERYONE who rides, handles, or works around or with horses should have the protection of personal liability insurance & accident insurance in case of an injury or incident caused by a horse or horses. This will provide peace of mind for you as a parent, rider, student, groom, coach, etc.