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        08-13-2013, 11:58 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I honestly don't have enough time in the day or gas money in my truck to go home to shower and change (or clothes) before I stop at the store for something.

    I don't usually feel the need to impress anyone, nor do I care what they think, when I need to get something and go home. The sad thing is, all the guys around here look when you're dirty and smell like a barn (and comment), but don't have any interest in you if you're clean, yet dressed to ride.
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        08-14-2013, 01:18 AM
      #12
    Yearling
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    I honestly don't have enough time in the day or gas money in my truck to go home to shower and change (or clothes) before I stop at the store for something.

    I don't usually feel the need to impress anyone, nor do I care what they think, when I need to get something and go home. The sad thing is, all the guys around here look when you're dirty and smell like a barn (and comment), but don't have any interest in you if you're clean, yet dressed to ride.
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    Thats weird. In Erie, I always got looks from guys in my normal clothes...not so much my dirty horse covered ones LOL
         
        08-14-2013, 01:39 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Ppppfffffff......... i'll go anywhere shy of a quasi formal affair in my barn clothes, lol. Grocery store, coffee shop, run errands, out to eat (ok, maybe not at a 'sit down' place, but fast food restaurants are a different story).

    If people don't like to see me in breeches and paddock boots and a golf shirt with horse hair and dirt then that is their problem. I find I smell much better 'post-barn' than those women that douse themselves in perfume before they leave their houses. Blegh.
         
        08-14-2013, 01:45 AM
      #14
    Trained
    I will and have shown up to decently nice restaurants in breeches. If I need a glass of wine I need a glass of wine! Lol :P
    If I don't show up to my Starbucks in breeches, no one recognizes me lol
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        08-14-2013, 01:50 AM
      #15
    Banned
    English riding isnt as popular of a discipline down here so I do get some looks- but I still wear it :) Especially if Im on my way home and I have errands to run. Why waste the gas driving home to change first?

    Some of my barn friends and I actually grab MExican food once a month after a ride. We stopped getting looks eventually. Though one time a man did say "oh yall are those riders who like to wear tight pants". We were just like "yep!" ha ha
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        08-14-2013, 01:52 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Eh its not really 100 percent that I care about what other people think, I just don't like going to the store, mall....anywhere but tractor sipply...with horse crap on my boots and looking as well as smelling like a hot mess. Then again, we never went to Walmart in sweatpants and dirty shirts either....TO ME its more about taking a bit of pride in how I look.
    Most of us shower after the gym, why not clean up after sweating with a horse?

    Ets, im not trying to sound like a jerk, just not sure what the diff is?
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        08-14-2013, 01:52 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Okay, coz tomorrow I have a symphony rehearsal and it's very close to the barn and I don't fancy going home to change..... I will let you know if I get the stares.
         
        08-14-2013, 02:01 AM
      #18
    Started
    I generally just take my half chaps off, leave my jodhpurs and boots on. I used to walk home from my Saturday lesson and would pop in to a posh cafe and have some late breakfast or early lunch. Sat there eating, wearing my grubby jodhpurs, helmet under the table and with my whip or crop propped up next to me lol. Got a few horse jokes but no one complained. There was no way I was delaying feasting on the best smoked salmon and spinach eggs hemingway around because of silly little things like changing into normal-person clothes

    One time I walked into a 7-Eleven carrying my driving whip and wearing my rubber knee-high stable boots. Bloke behind the counter thought I was going fishing haha.
         
        08-14-2013, 05:11 AM
      #19
    Green Broke
    ALWAYS stay in my riding kit. As soon as I am home the clothes are left in the cellar and I am in the shower.

    But I have eaten in places, shopped, visited people etc.

    I don't really get looks, but a couple of time people have sussed I am English and had a few comments on my bum. They get the shock of their lives when I thank them in English!

    I do, however, get funny stares if I wake up late and walk the dogs in my PJs...
         
        08-14-2013, 06:38 AM
      #20
    Yearling
    All the time :)....I do have a brush in my car I MIGHT swipe through my hair just to get rid of the helmet head look but otherwise I will stop off at the store or even do full groceries, or other general store, post ride. I admit I probably wouldn't go in to a restaurant in post ride clothes but if a fast food type place, I would have no problem going in pre-ride in breeches..have done that before. A more upscale restaurant I would be a little closer to some sort of dress code :) Now, if it is really hot out, I may swipe a damp paper towel over my face and arms and wash my hands (more to cool off than "clean up") or if I have just given the horse a bath and am still overly damp I might put on a dry shirt if it is raining or chilly out.

    On the other hand I have people at our barn, OK mostly older teen or girl's in their low 20s, who wouldn't be caught dead in their breeches, pre or post ride outside their vehicles, until they get to the barn. These are also the same one's that use the restroom to wash up and repair their makeup before leaving as well even though they are just headed home.
         

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