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post #21 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 06:55 AM
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I always go home and change, take my tall boots and breeches off. I just feel very awkward walking around in them outside of the barn... can only imagine what people would think seeing me in my tall boots! Lol. Not to mention the smell! :)


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post #22 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 07:58 AM
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I am with the group that (a)couldn't give a rats behind what anyone thinks, and (b) doesn't have the time or gas $$ to go home and change. I do it ALL the time. Did in my English garb when I rode English, and do now that I ride Western. I get looks sometimes, but, oh well.

Several years ago we used to have a "ladies night" riding group, and we would all feed, do stalls, have a lesson, then go out to eat-5 or 6 of us......we did get some looks.

I will say-I go to Middleburg, Va once in a while, a pretty wealthy area where most have hunters.....I see those folks al over that lovely little town in breeches and chaps, so I guess they don't care either.

Duffy-I also get some pretty strange looks when I venture to take out the trash or something in what my kids call my "wildebeest" outfit......I have a thick fluffy zebra robe with matching PJ's (DH bought it-but it IS warm....lol) Quite the look, but at least I won't get hit by a car crossing the road to the trash. Lol
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post #23 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 08:11 AM
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FnB, I draw the line at a nighty... but anything else pretty much goes! I've worn shorts, baggy tshirt and my long mucker boots out in the snow before. I was too hungover to care about the cold!
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post #24 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 08:24 AM
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I am very girly and love fashion and work in the beauty industry. There is a shopping plaza on the way home from the barn the holds a Target, Starbucks, and Nordstrom Rack. I always stop into Target and/or Starbucks post ride. People look, I could care less. I have awesome muscles from riding, and they certainly aren't going to spinning 4X a week.

I don't go into Nordstrom Rack though, I'll save that for when I'm clean.
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post #25 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 09:12 AM
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Just the other day my family and I went to olive garden and I was dressed in my dirty jeans, dirty boots, and sweaty tank covered in horse hair after my ride. I didnt get one look. Lol I take that back there was a group of cowboys that gave me a good lookin at....they werent nothin to brag about tho. Hehehe

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post #26 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 09:37 AM
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This is a funny thread xD I like it.
For me it depends on the time/situation...

Until very recently I wouldn't have been caught dead in my tall boots, breeches, and polo outside of the barn. I'm sweaty and gross... No bueno.

But it's so hot here in Texas that I lesson in the early evening, with the lesson starting between 6:30 and 7:30. I don't eat before, because I will feel sick during riding, and am very hungry after, since it's close to 8 or 9 by the time I'm all finished. So, since arriving I have been out to eat twice in my barn clothes. Not many English riders around here...
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post #27 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 10:07 AM
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I absolutely disagree with anyone going into a restaurant or grocery store without being reasonably clean. Whether smelly from the barn, from pesticides, from labouring or whatever. I don't want dirty smelly stuff around food that I am paying for. That said, I understand how people that travel from the barn to home don't have the best opportunity to change. If it was me, I would plan all my shopping before I go to the barn, including bringing a cooler for temporary storage if necessary. Sometimes, that's not possible, so in that case, I would expect someone to at least wash their hands and face, comb or tie back their hair and brush off the worst of the mess from boots, pants, etc. That much can be done at a public washroom, certainly not too much to ask.

This is suitable for fast food restaurants and casual bar & grill type restaurants, but not, in my opinion, a formal dining establishment. In that case, go home and get changed first. A quick clean up is suitable for a quick stop at Wal-Mart, but not necessary for the hardware store, building supply or farm supply store.

To me, its about respect for other shoppers/diners according to the environment you are entering.
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post #28 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 10:48 AM
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I often have to stop off on the way home from lessons etc, and you get me as I am, Western or English attire, get over it. I also go to the store right from working out on the farm, if I have to go to the city for parts I will stop off for groceries etc while I am there. I won't go into high end places, but working or playing, it is good honest dust and sweat, and I am proud of it.
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post #29 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 11:06 AM
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I've been in a little local cafe after an early morning ride, only to have my husband reach across the table and pull hay out of my hair.
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post #30 of 136 Old 08-14-2013, 11:18 AM
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In answer to Northern...:)...when I go into the store post ride I do make sure I don't look like I have just emerged from a haystack or have just come out of a mud wrestle with my shoes/boots. I just don't worry overmuch about horse hair or some of the horse slobber on my shirt or breeches.
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