My son has started horse riding recently and it is amazing how much an equestrian hobby can cost. And we are not talking just the cost of the lessons but all the riding gear:- the helmet, the jodhpurs, the boots, the back brace, etc etc.
Thankfully his teacher is great. Because she knows how quickly they grow and how quickly hobbies changed, she told us we could use wellies and a bike helmet (if we had one) till we decided to continue. She also said jeans are ok too. Phew.
Mind you he has been going about a year now…. so maybe not so recently… and maybe time to get the proper gear!