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Anonymous said: places to get inexpensive breeches and polos?

Breeches are harder to find for less, but horseloverz.com sometimes has discounts on breeches! You could also try Walmart, Target, BonTon, Kohls, Macys, TJ Max, and other stores like that for inexpensive polos :)

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Anonymous said: Do you dress up for every lesson then? If your barn has a dress code?

Absolutely! My trainer qualified for the ‘92 Olympics for show jumping and worked for Barney Ward for many years (him and McLain are very close). I have immense respect for him, and I would never go to a lesson without my polo tucked in, hair up in a hairnet, tall boots, breeches, a belt, and gloves. My horse always wears a white saddle pad with black boots. I take how I look really seriously because I’ve trained/lessoned with Candice King (Olympian) and Peter Leone (Olympian), both of who could lead me farther in riding!

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Anonymous said: You said before that you ride (or used to ride) in a bates, right? I'm considering buying a used one, but the color is a little lighter than I prefer and a bit stiff (it's just been sitting in a tack room for a while). Do you know any goods ways to darker or soften the leather a bit, since I saw on their website that they don't recommend oils? (Which tend to do the job best with other saddles)

Yes! I have a Bates Caprilli! I use a general glycerin soap bar. I haven’t really paid any attention to the oil thing because I don’t use oil on any of my tack.

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