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post #1 of 14 Old 06-07-2010, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
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clothing and shoes for riding.

I had no clue where to post this question as it is not about showing but much more general.
I am in Hot southern california, in the desert, the idea of wearing jeans and boots for riding during the day makes me want to gag. My trainer said athletic shoes slip so are dangerous, what about you all in the summer what do you wear and especially on your feet?

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 12:02 AM
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I had no clue where to post this question as it is not about showing but much more general.
I am in Hot southern california, in the desert, the idea of wearing jeans and boots for riding during the day makes me want to gag. My trainer said athletic shoes slip so are dangerous, what about you all in the summer what do you wear and especially on your feet?
I ride in hot orange county and i just wear a light t shirt and riding tights and paddock boots and paddock boots! works wonders and putting your hair under the hose or water does help too!

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post #3 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 12:08 AM
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I wear breeches and a cami or a t-shirt, as well as boots. Most breeches are built for hot weather, and have breathing material that whisks off sweat to help you cool.

I highly recommend against wearing athletic shoes. I know they slip, but I worry more about injury from the horse. I get my feet stepped on ALL THE TIME, and although it hurts and I might say a few curse words, I know while wearing boots it is NOTHING like if I had absolutely no protection.
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post #4 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 01:02 PM
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I rode in my nikes yesterday.... oops. lol! I was on my little mare jumping because I wanted to work her out and I didn't have anything except jeans and tennis shoes after the vet came and I didnt have time to change.... and I've been jumping this horse for 7 years and the jumps were 2' so it wasn't that bad, but I wouldnt recomend doing it!

But I would wear riding tights (Kerrits microchord ones are amazing!) and a tank top. I would wear half chaps (they make some very nice wicking ones nowdays) because sturrip leathers can pinch your calf and OW does it hurt!

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post #5 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 01:08 PM
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I wear cotton/spandex breeches, a t-shirt, my helmet, and ankle high riding boots.

The cotton/spandex breeks wick away moisture, and my helmet is vented. My riding boots are the 'athletic shoe' type, and they're very comfortable.

I do have tall boots, but I save them for the hunt field and during colder weather.

NEVER ride wearing regular athletic shoes. They're not made with riding in mind, and can get caught in your stirrups.

If it's too hot for you to ride wearing the correct gear, then you shouldn't be riding at all.
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 02:34 PM
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If it's too hot for you to ride wearing the correct gear...
What exactly is "correct", though? Considering that historically horses have been ridden by people wearing gear ranging from a breechclout and warpaint to full armor?
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 03:13 PM
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Lighter colored clothing will always be best. Do you ride english or western? I ride western and I have found that the best thing to keep me cool in triple digit temps is a light t-shirt underneath a long sleeved light colored cotton button up shirt. The lighter color will reflect the sun instead of absorb it and the t-shirt absorbs sweat and acts like a swamp cooler air conditioner. Then if I start getting too hot, I can take off the outer shirt and wet it before putting it back on.

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post #8 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 03:23 PM
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In th ehot summer I still wear jeans, but I have a pair that's light colored and breathe really well. In the winter I just have a pair of normal blue wranglers.

As far as upper body, I will ride in anything. Tank tops, tee shirts, Camis, whatever. But keep in mind if you fall you cang et your arms scraped. I wear a light sweatshirt if at all possible, but in the summer I feel your pain so I wear a white athletic tank top. ALWAYS wear your boots...I have a pair of Ariat workboots that I LOVE to death and they breathe really well too

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post #9 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 03:24 PM
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You can do a riding tennie. I rode in them when I did endurance. Less to maintain if (when) they got wet.

Here is one example:

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post #10 of 14 Old 06-08-2010, 03:48 PM
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I'm in Texas (it's been about 100 here every day for the past week) and I ride in lighter weight denim, regular boots (there is no safe substitute riding western) and athletic shirts with the dry-weave or dry-wick material. They pull all the moisture off your body and make a tremendous difference keeping you cooler. You can find short-sleeved or sleeveless shirts in this fabric at almost any athletics store with the workout clothes and you can even find them at Walmart made by Danskins or Target made by Champion.
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