We all started horseback riding lessons knowing nothing with parents who needed to learn the necessities in a hurry. We’ve talked to our young riders and their parents and put together the perfect list of essentials that your child will need at their first horseback riding lesson. We’ve organized the products so it will be easy to shop through and pick what will be best.
Below you’ll find the essential horse riding apparel and tack your child will need to get started. We’ve broken down everything from helmets to breeches to boots into “good, better, and best” to help you decide what is right for your child. Whether you’re looking to outfit your child for their first lesson or they’re simply outgrowing their riding gear, find everything you need below.
Founded in 1979 in Tryon, North Carolina
The Farm House first took shape on the grounds of Flying Dutchman Farm in Tryon, NC. Farm owner Patricia Lehner saw the need for a local resource for quality tack and equipment and opened the doors of her family tack room. Customers simply drove up, took what they needed, and added their items to an “Honor Card”. The family’s own tack and supplies (not to mention Dad’s tools!) were quickly crowded out, and the decision was made to purchase a local feed business and move the rapidly growing store into its retail space. Tucked into the Foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains between Tryon and Landrum, SC, The Farm House no longer sells feed, but offers an extensive inventory of casual and show attire, boots and helmets, new and used saddles, strap goods, gifts, accessories, equipment and supplies in its 6,000 square foot flagship store. It also includes two large mobile units that travel to USHJA/USEF “A” and “AA” shows throughout the southeast and a thriving internet business for online ordering.
We’re dedicated to helping you get the details right
We know they make the difference in presentation and performance. Our reputation for friendly, knowledgeable sales has brought us a loyal customer base both locally and nationally, with many of our riders calling from the road to order directly to their show location. Whether you’re the non-horsey parent of a horse-crazy kid or a seasoned professional, we take your needs seriously. We can offer suggestions about the latest apparel trends, tell you which equipment is “standard” for your discipline, and provide trained assistance in measuring for custom items and saddle fit.
More than 30 years after The Farm House opened its doors, the Lehner family still owns the business and manages day-to-day operations. They also spend a lot of time “in the field” listening to what customers want and need. In response, we’re focused on providing excellent quality products at affordable prices, from hand-picked fabrics and liners for show coats to state-of-the art upgrades to tack and equipment. We have what you and your horse need. But if you don’t see what you want listed, be sure to call. We’re known for locating those hard-to-find items and happy to track down the perfectly ordinary as well. Helping you is what we do!
Thank you for shopping with us. If you’re not already a familiar face, we hope to meet you in person some day!
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