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post #1 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone ride with these?

Just wondering if anyone out there rides with fake or acrylic nails?? I've tried once (it was after prom) and they broke off when I was tighting my horses girth before jumping. I notice them a lot with western riders around here (mostly gymhkana) so just wanted to see if anyone on here had any experience riding with fake nails??

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post #2 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 12:14 AM
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Mine used to break and it would HURT so i stopped wearing them. I have seen people with them at the shows though. Not sure how practical they are. It would also drive me nuts how dirt would get underneath them.
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post #3 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 04:30 AM
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I cant even maintain my natural nails once they get more than 2 mm of white lol.
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post #4 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 07:19 AM
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I attempted to ride with them once not the word attempted:)

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post #5 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 07:24 AM
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Many years ago I wore them and rode too. Just way too much maintenance and had to be soooo very aware all the time so as not to break one (very ouchy).

Like a poster said above, can't even keep my natural nails looking good with horse care/chores.
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post #6 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 08:39 AM
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Yeah, I went through a stage a couple of years ago when I wore them all the time. I absolutely hated when dirt got under them cause I could never get it all out and when mine would break, it was always right in the middle of the quick and OMG!!! HURT! That is some of the worst putting rubbing alcohol on a paper cut pain. LOL. And after that, every time I would even bump them, it would shoot pain up my arm. Not very fun or practical when riding a young horse or trying to rope so I stopped wearing them and never looked back. I keep my natural nails trimmed just short enough to scratch and itch and no longer. Much easier.

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post #7 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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lol I've never had the acrylic nails put on but I've put on plastic ones before and they have just poped off so not too much pain. HOWEVER, I did put a little to much glue on a nail one and it glued the skin under my nail and the nail together. So you know I didn't have that little gap?? where your nail leaves the skin and becomes long? So I pulled them apart (or tried) and I RIPPED my skin in half and had a 'cut' there for about a week that hurt. My plastic nails only stay on for about 3 days If I am lucky. They also break off a lot when I am pulling my pants up.

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post #8 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 05:55 PM
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I wear my natural nails fairly long, not as long as the acrylics pictured but sort of long and I keep them painted most of the time. If one breaks I usually cut them all short. I hate all long and one short nail
Around horses and especially when tacking up it seems natural or fake will break

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post #9 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 06:10 PM
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I get Solar Nails done a lot, but I get them fairly short. I think they just look nicer. I don't have much of a probably riding with them, but mine are never as long as the ones in the picture.
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post #10 of 24 Old 05-03-2009, 06:31 PM
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Umm, no. Never.

I'm too much of a tom boy anyways and I cannot, cannot, cannot stand dirty nails. I'd go bonkers.

I gnaw my nails off when they get "too long" in my books - and besides, I play the fiddle and you cannot have long nails for that.
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