Silly Newbie questions...
These are the little things that make me wish I had been in Pony Club... I'm entering a teeny 3 day in May, and I have random silly questions as I start to think about what gear I need to acquire. I have read the USEA rule book, but some of the things that are permissible and not confuse me.
Is it silly to wear white breeches in dressage at such a low level? Should I just stick with tan to avoid being "too formal"? I have to buy a pair (or 2) of show breeches anyway, so it's a matter of "do I get 2 light tan, or one white and one tan"?
The USEA says "any kind of leg boots or bandages are expressly forbidden" in dressage...does that mean no polo wraps? I thought those were standard in dressage. Not that I use them much, but I want to look like we kind of know what we're doing!
Also regarding shoes and studs...I have a sure footed horse, who has done dozens of foxhunts barefoot. So I hesitate to shoe her unnecessarily. The event facility recommends studs for all levels above the one I'm entering, but there's no rule against competing barefoot is there?
Lastly (for now) my mare is a trotting standardbred, and generally trots all but the fastest-moving runs of a foxhunt. While I realize it's not the norm, I can trot most of my cross country course if I can meet the optimum time that way, right? Granted, I'm not entering the event with any thought of winning it - I am going for fun, but I don't want to look TOO stupid. :)
I'm sure I'll have more questions - but that's the big ones for now.