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  • What to wear on a hot day if you can't wear shorts or tank top
  • Why not to horseback ride in a tank top

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    02-25-2011, 11:05 PM
I wear my riding sport polo that's made of moisture wicking material, I love it! They have them at dover I believe
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    02-26-2011, 08:09 AM
All I can sy is that I have nothing to do with this... I live in Canada
    02-26-2011, 08:21 AM
Like your style Spyder ;) Unfortunately I think going starkers in the Aussie sun in the middle of summer is going to result in a hospital visit though.. slip slop slap for us!

On the really hot days I'll try to avoid riding or doing work around the horses in the hottest part of the day anyway, and won't teach in super hot weather.
But if it's pretty warm, I wear my Kerrits riding tights (LOVE them... they feel like you're riding naked :P) and just a light long sleeved shirt or tshirt to keep the sun off. Can't bring myself to ride in a tank top, not only is it a really unattractive look when riding if you have any hint of boobs, but a couple of hours in the Aussie sun can land you in hospital if you're not careful, so I don't particularly want huge, bleeding, peeling blisters all over my shoulders thanks :)
    02-26-2011, 02:37 PM
I'll second the Under Armor suggestion. They have the normal UA fabric shirts, as well as some different kinds of polos that have the UV protection.

I'm in South Georgia myself, and as much as I would LOVE to be able to ride in a tank top (or even a sports bra), my skin can't take it. I'm far too fair. As it is, what I'll do is ride in a t-shirt with an Under Armor heat gear tank or tight t-shirt underneath it, or even just wear a looser fit UA shirt. If you've never worn one before, you should definitely try it. I can actually feel the breeze on my skin when I'm in one, and it keeps me dry as well.
    02-26-2011, 03:56 PM
Green Broke
Well I'm a backyard rider. Jeans and a sports bra! Tons of sun protection. I used to wear shorts. Um, not good! Bad chafing and bruising. Have to wear jeans.
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    02-26-2011, 04:21 PM
Uhh...jealous! It's cold here! Anyways...I would stay with the tank top, and I always wear my kerrits tights, they are synthetic and not as hot as cotton tights. If you really wanted a long sleeve though..I agree with under armour. It's my favorite of all time and I love it.
    02-26-2011, 08:20 PM
Hmm under armor you say? I'll have to look that one up. I know it's vain but I like the 'tan line' better with wearing a tank top but I should be more sun conscious and be wearing protection I know. I don't burn too easily, I did when I first moved to florida but I have a nice florida tan now!
    02-27-2011, 12:41 PM
Omg! 80 degrees hey ! Don't I repeat don't complain about the weather ...... Come up to PA and you won't be worrying about the weather cause we CAN'T ride ! My show just go cancelled because of it ! I haven't had a lesson since December 23rd... Why does it matter ? Do you think your horse cares if you wear a tank top and aren't professional mm I don't think my horse cares. When I go up to the barn I wear shorts while I groom and get my horse ready and I drink some water and stuff then switch into capree jeans or breeches before I get on.
    02-27-2011, 02:22 PM
You can wear shorts if you ride bareback. I was going to do that last summer, but I kept forgetting to. Whoops...

I've never tried underarmour for warm weather, but underarmour is MAGICAL. I'd recommend getting it off eBay though. Their clothes are extremely expensive.
    02-27-2011, 08:40 PM
Well I went to a local sporting goods store on my way to the barn this morning and bought two shirts. One was an under armour 'heat gear' t-shirt and the other was one of those columbia short sleeve shirts like I put a link to in the beginning of this thread. I also bought an under armour sports bra as all their 'heat gear' stuff is supposed to help you stay cool by pulling moisture (sweat) away from your body and such so I figured I'd wear the sports bra under the columbia shirt. I wore the t-shirt riding today and I have to say I wasn't that impressed. I mean, when I first got to the barn I felt pretty 'cool' and it felt breathable. I could feel the cool breeze, as someone mentioned, like I wasn't wearing a shirt almost. But once I was out in the sun, even just walking to get my horse from the pasture, I knew it wasn't going to be 'magical' because I was already hot. I will say this, at least I didn't LOOK like a sweaty hog when I was done riding. You know those lovely sweat stains in the armpits and wet down your back from sweat running down it...didn't have them. But I did still sweat and I was still HOT. I'm going to wear the UA sports bra and columbia shirt in my lesson on wednesday so we'll see how that goes.
Oh, and I know my horse doesn't care what I look like. It's just that this is a 'high end' stable and all the other riders look 'nice' when they ride. We are not ALLOWED to wear jeans when riding and definitely not shorts. They like to keep a professional image throughout everything and I just don't want to stand out wearing a sweaty tank top

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