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    06-09-2013, 08:35 PM
  #81
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Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
T...What do you think looks good on male riders? Pictures and/or links are helpful.
Farmer's tan:



Quality jeans and T-shirts distinguish the well-dressed equestrian!



That 'hat within a hat' look never goes out of style:



Seriously?

I like to see helmets, although I'm a huge believer in letting folks decide for themselves to wear them or not.

Boots with a heel are always a good thing. I believe HF can provide you with pictures of what the foot looks like after a horse steps on it while bare.

My $15.88 jeans are fine by me, and I continue -even at my age - to think a good looking gal looks great in comfortable jeans and a sweatshirt or T-shirt. But I have no objection if men prefer the Ronald Reagan look instead:





I may not be secure enough in my masculinity to imitate Roy:



If I had a horse that looked like Trigger, I might give it a try! But I'd make sure my revolver was loaded...
     
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    06-09-2013, 08:42 PM
  #82
Banned
The Reagan look actually isn't that bad IMO. Neither is the Tshirt and Jeans.
     
    06-09-2013, 08:47 PM
  #83
Yearling
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Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
This is a purely opinion question:

What do you think looks good on male riders? Pictures and/or links are helpful.
Breeches, boots, and nothing else

Sorry, I couldn't resist. A girl's allowed to dream.

It's not about how you look. It;s about how you enjoy the ride.

If you're not showing, whatever is comfortable. I will warn you that if you ride English, jeans are not comfortable. That seam in the crotch really gets you. Breeches are very comfy English. If you don't like the look, the newer ones on the market now really do come in a lot of styles to make you feel as comfortable as possible. I'm not that familiar with Western. But in English, you will want either tall boots (expensive, and I think uncomfortable) or paddock-boots with half-chaps. This combo basically looks like a tall boots, but gives more versatility regards to fit and comfort. You have to protect your calf in English, or your calf can get caught between the stirrup-leather and the saddle-flap, which is very painful. Now there's something that can make you scream like a little girl. So guys don't wear the breeches and boots to look cool, or weird, or gay. There's a very good reason for them. Personally, I think guys in breeches and boots are hot. Jeans and cowboy boots is pretty hot too.

You should see what I wore today. Even my non-horsey, fashion-challenged husband did a double-take: I have riding tights with an odd purple inset at the thigh (they were closeouts - but oh-so-comfy), then I have a tie-dye purple-and khaki top (also very comfy, and it's SFP), and my purple Kerrits cap with little stampeding horses on it to hide my helmet-hair. Coupled with my tall boots, I'm not sure I'm fit to pump gas in this gettup. But it sure is comfy, I had a superb ride, and the horse really didn't seem to care one bit. I can tell you that cantering through the woods, on a steep, rocky trail, feeling the wind and mane whipping in my face - I truly don't care what I look like - 'cause it feels GOOD!

Am I the only person here who would love to have a beer with BSMS sometime? I have blown so may drinks through my nose reading those posts! Thanks for the laughs.
     
    06-09-2013, 08:49 PM
  #84
Yearling
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Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
Slightly off topic:
How can you get involved in horse racing?
Depends on the kind of racing you want to do (there is multiple kinds of racing done with horses....avoid the TB racing industry).
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    06-09-2013, 08:58 PM
  #85
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Depends on the kind of racing you want to do (there is multiple kinds of racing done with horses....avoid the TB racing industry).
Any kind I guess. Is the TB industry where all the gambling is?
     
    06-09-2013, 09:07 PM
  #86
Yearling
Ok, here are some of my pointers. Its already been said a bunch but I'll say it again. Stop sweating the small stuff.ie. What you look like, what people will think. Take a few lessons and see how you like it. You may take a few and realize it isn't for you. If you like it then you can start deciding what direction you would like to go with it. English, western and then narrow it down farther to a specific event or "speciality". Somethings you absolutely have to have is a pair of boots with a heel( for safety)and a helmet though optional is recomended for starting out. That and the willingness to learn which ussually requires screwing up from time to time. So again stop worrying about what you look like. At some point in your riding career you WILL look stupid.

I was about 10 when I stated riding(western). I liked cowboy stuff and riding just went with it. When I moved down here I got a side job at a hunter jumper barn. I worked there for about 8 years. It was great and I learned a ton. I ended up getting paid to ride other peoples horses. It was also great for the same reason alot of people already mentioned. A 21 yr old hanging around with a bunch of single girls in the tight riding pants and all. It was GOOD! Anyway, I then moved to being a trail guide for about 5 years and helped alot with shows and such. Set up and tearing down. That is where I met my wife and now we have 3 horses, our own property and a little girl and one on the way. Horses and the horseman( I use horseman very lightly in my case) lifestyle has been very good to me. I highly recommend it.
Oh and I'm pretty sure no one has mistaken me for gay but I could be wrong. I really don't give a flying flip either.
     
    06-09-2013, 09:15 PM
  #87
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I'm going to do it, but I still feel kind of awkward about telling my parents.
     
    06-09-2013, 09:26 PM
  #88
Yearling
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Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
This is a purely opinion question:

What do you think looks good on male riders? Pictures and/or links are helpful.
Worry less about "what looks good" .
Go for what feels good and serves the purpose.
Where you ride can influence what you wear.
E.g. I only ride outside and I want to keep the sun off so I wear a hat with a wide brim.
Summers I like silk shirts and I even have silk pants since they are much cooler (even the mornings and evenings are hot and humid...the rest of the day is more brutal than I care to subject my horses to).


Rest of the year a pair of jeans or khaki pants. Any cotton long sleeve shirt works well. Good, durable jacket or coat if needed.

If I'm going into wooded or rough areas I wear leggings. For riding around home boots could be ok, but I wear comfortable walking shoes or hiking boots (if you're several miles out and something happen so you find yourself walking back then riding boots just "ain't going to cut it" )

Bottom line though is wear what works for you. You're having to wear it and function in it so you'll soon find that being comfort and functionality trumps appearance (the girls will still be interested even if you're in a kilt or a kimono as long as you're on a horse )
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    06-09-2013, 09:28 PM
  #89
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Originally Posted by futuredoctor    
I'm going to do it, but I still feel kind of awkward about telling my parents.
Don't feel awkward. You're 17. There's a lot worse things you could be doing than wanting to ride horses. You'll be fine, and I don't think they'll be as...weird as you think. I've been riding since I was like 6. The only thing my parents get upset about it how expensive horses are, but they don't have to worry about that anymore. It's all on me now lol
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    06-09-2013, 09:35 PM
  #90
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Originally Posted by TheRoughrider21    
Don't feel awkward. You're 17. There's a lot worse things you could be doing than wanting to ride horses. You'll be fine, and I don't think they'll be as...weird as you think. I've been riding since I was like 6. The only thing my parents get upset about it how expensive horses are, but they don't have to worry about that anymore. It's all on me now lol
For me it's just because most of my interests have been academic, not sport. They might find my interest a little odd.

Do you know any guys who ride?
     

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