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        08-23-2013, 11:12 PM
      #111
    Foal
    We live in Ocala FL and it is MAJOR horse country - it's often called the horse capital of the USA. As such, we don't get any odd looks for going out and about in our horse attire. If we are going to stop to eat I at least wash my arms. I often don't notice the hay in my hair until I get home, though!
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        08-24-2013, 05:31 PM
      #112
    Yearling
    Riding attire is a step up for me

    So, today was the moving day for my horse Sam. It started with me up at 6:30am to shower and apply makeup.

    Which generated a series of questions from my husband who questions why I would shower and apply makeup before "going to see that stinky HOARSE." (not spelled wrong he provides much more emphasis on the HOAR than necessary.

    I leave by 7:30 and head to the storage facility where our travel trailer is kept so I can hook the trailer ball to the hitch (because he does not leave it on his truck at all times.) This is a ball attached to a HUGE thingamajiggy that weighs roughly a TON (for me). I managed to rub rust all over the front of my jeans and my pink tank top.

    I arrive at the rental facility covered in rust at 8:05am where I sign the agreement for a large bumper pull stock trailer.

    Head to the barn where my horse had been kept. Realize when I switched vehicles and key fobs with my husband, I did not remove the tack room key. So, call barn owner who is not home and proceed to WAIT on a milk crate for 2 hours.

    Load horse, drive to new barn. Horse was not impressed with skinny narrow stock trailer with the slippery mats, even though I put down shavings.

    Arrive at new barn, much later than planned. It is now 92 deg F in SWMO with about 60% humidity.

    Back horse out of trailer, he missteps, falls to knees, hops back in trailer panicked, hits wall of trailer that makes huge rattling sound and freaks out and storm OUT of said trailer, nostrils flaring. Give him a moment to calm down and reenter and exit trailer again, but this time calmly.

    Working up a bit of a sweat now.

    Scoop shavings out of rental trailer, cart to new horse stall, and move horse into stall.

    Now begin the chore of moving all of my tack, grooming supplies, treats and timothy hay pellets, and excess paraphernalia to barn. But, fail to think about the wheelbarrow I just used and instead make 4 trips. Very hot and sweaty now.

    Last trip kicks in and now I am seeing spots because in my haste this morning I failed to bring water and did not eat. Heat has kicked in and there is no breeze. Lay on cool grass by tree. Doesn't help. Barn owner suggests I stand in her sprinkler to cool off. My hair, shirt, jeans, and face is drenched, but my pulse has stopped beating behind my eyes.

    (It was about this time I was asked to sign a liability waiver - . I may NEVER get used to this Missouri heat and humidity and working in an building that is set for 65 deg F each day doesn't help.

    I cool down, finish organizing my tack, say goodbye to Sam and drive off. To the trailer rental place. I show up there still drenched. Nice. Turn trailer back in and decide to stop at Atwoods for a tack rack to keep in the barn. But, I did this without realizing what I did until I saw my reflection in a mirror IN Atwoods. From the storage facility to Atwoods (roughly 20 miles) I drove on the highway with the truck windows DOWN.

    Yep. I have short hair (much shorter than desired thanks to a bad haircut). The left side of my head was parted in three places and sticking straight out.

    So, there I am in Atwoods. Funky hair. Smudged mascara and makeup that was mostly sweated off and then rinsed off. Rust down the front of my shirt, and a smudge on my face from wiping a rusty hand against my jawline.

    I've decided to move so I never have to face anyone in that store again.



    To make it worse; my husband and I have a date to go to the movies tonight. I told him I needed to shower and get ready before we leave. Yep.... It will be a long night. Thank goodness it's a movie and not dinner. I will get a reprieve from his commentary.
         
        08-24-2013, 06:50 PM
      #113
    Trained
    Great story.
         
        08-24-2013, 07:02 PM
      #114
    Weanling
    I live downtown in a city. People generally have no idea what contrast full seat breeches are and my elderly neighbour has screamed "THOSE ARE FUNNY PANTS!" at me several times as I'm walking to my car. The mechanics down the street, however, are big fans of ladies in equestrian clothing.
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        08-25-2013, 11:38 PM
      #115
    Foal
    I tend to be rather superstitious, so I will always wear miss-matched stripey socks, because I thin the are lucky. (They probably aren't, but I have had the most succes while wearin them) so when I take off my half chaps, there you have extremely dirty tall stripey socks, completely Miss matched. That turns a few heads, and my habit of always bringing a jacket to the barn, even in the middle of summer, people find that weird. I also always wear my hair in a braid down my back, but because it's so thin, it ends up sticking up everywhere.
    So imagine me, after riding, wearing a filthy jacket, dirty sweaty mismatched socks, and a rarely washed pair of britches and sticking up everywhere hair. At shop n save. The looks I got! It was priceless. I wasn't super smelly, I just looked really funny. A girl I know worked there, and asked me in class a few days later why I was wearing a coat in mid may, and why my work uniform was so smelly, and what fast food restaurant could possibly make us wear such hideous socks. I think the horse part is lost on her.
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        08-30-2013, 09:14 PM
      #116
    Foal
    Does anyone have any suggestions for riding shirts (preferably collared, short-sleeved polo style) that have light weight moisture-wicking material that washes well? I have bought a few cheap ones online that stain easily and don't wash/bleach clean!
         
        08-30-2013, 09:29 PM
      #117
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Caprise    
    Does anyone have any suggestions for riding shirts (preferably collared, short-sleeved polo style) that have light weight moisture-wicking material that washes well? I have bought a few cheap ones online that stain easily and don't wash/bleach clean!
    I've got a few Nike and Calloway golf shirts from TJ Maxx that I wear for riding (and grocery shopping ) - they are mostly polos and all wicking and have held up very well. One has a zip-up collar and I've actually worn it in (unrated) shows. I have 3-4 of them, and they are my go-to shirts.
         
        08-31-2013, 12:50 PM
      #118
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Caprise    
    Does anyone have any suggestions for riding shirts (preferably collared, short-sleeved polo style) that have light weight moisture-wicking material that washes well? I have bought a few cheap ones online that stain easily and don't wash/bleach clean!
    I ride nearly every lesson in a cycling jersey. The options are endless! Search online, I buy them from REI because if ever in your life you decide you don't like your purchase, for any reason, you can get your money back.

    Anyway, jerseys are designed to wick moisture from your body, and you can get anything from super lightweight to gore-tex for the winter time, so you can wick that sweat and not freeze at the same time!
         
        08-31-2013, 01:17 PM
      #119
    Green Broke
    I shop near the State College (complete with ginormous Equestrian program that mostly caters to English riders) which is also the first real city for all the "actual" cowboys that drive in from parts unknown so pretty much 1/3 of the customers are in breeches and tall boots, 1/3 are in boots, spurs and hats and the remaining is the usual mix of casual and dressy people that ran in after work.

    Nobody gives riding attired folks a 2nd look. Well other than I have been stopped a few times by some gals who wanted to know where I bought my riding tops (I like the collared, stripey, ventilated ones from Kerrits).

    Oh wait... I did get stopped about 2 dozen times one day, lesson horse dumped me in the dirt multiple times (his way of "teaching", if you are at all unbalanced bareback at the canter, he drops his shoulder, watches you slide off, screeches to a halt and laughs at you....) and was covered in dirt smudges and giant scrapes. Everyone wanted to know if I was "bucked off" by some horrid, evil horse... uh no, I slid off multiple times and ate dirt while a deadbroke, smartass horse was laughing at me.
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        08-31-2013, 01:41 PM
      #120
    Super Moderator
    I ride in jeans and cowboy boots so I just throw on a ball cap and go....
         

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