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post #1 of 29 Old 11-28-2012, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Attire

I would be really interested to know what people wear when they ride. There are a number of 'etiquette' requirements on the more formal side of English riding especially around 'Hunting' and also when riding heavies or native breeds - no set rules but they like to see Tweed Hacking Jackets, Cream Jods etc. I also love to see the ladies who ride side saddle in a very edwradian looking 'riding habit' What is 'de rigeur' for Western or any other horse riding in various countries?
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post #2 of 29 Old 11-28-2012, 05:38 PM
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I outgrew worrying about what nametag is on someones cloths in about 8th grade. I see it is alive and well though in the english riding world. With more emphasis put on cloths than on how the person has trained and rides their horse. I think in the western world you will find people wearing what is comfortable and suitable for the terrain and weather.
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post #3 of 29 Old 11-28-2012, 05:47 PM
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When I first picked up riding more often, I would wear sneakers and jeans (I ride english btw)
My sneakers turned to work boots, then tall boots
My jeans turned into breeches. (Nothing fancy. I have one nice pair for show.)
My shirt, doesn't matter to me, just what ever is most comfortable

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post #4 of 29 Old 11-28-2012, 05:57 PM
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Are you talking while showing or just schooling? Because schooling, I wear either breeches or skinny jeans with my casual Ariat tall boots and whatever is comfortable on top (read: tank in the summer, jacket in the winter). For shows, it's obviously a whole different ballgame.
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post #5 of 29 Old 11-29-2012, 08:50 AM
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It depends. Very formal for the show. Kinda formal for my dressage or jumping lessons (breeches, nice shirt). Whatever I feel like when schooling at home (can wear old pants (not breeches) and shirts). However I always wear gloves, tall boots, and helmet - just a question of comfort.

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post #6 of 29 Old 11-29-2012, 10:47 AM
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I'm not a show kind of guy, and am at an age where cute girls look at my horse and avoid looking at me, so its $15 jeans and $3 T-shirt for me. Add a sweatshirt if the temps in Arizona drop below 80...

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post #7 of 29 Old 11-29-2012, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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I'm not a show kind of guy, and am at an age where cute girls look at my horse and avoid looking at me, so its $15 jeans and $3 T-shirt for me. Add a sweatshirt if the temps in Arizona drop below 80...

Aw I think both you and your horse look cute!
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post #8 of 29 Old 11-29-2012, 11:38 AM
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Ditto, bsms!

I like to rede in breeches. Jeans have the seams, and less stretchy (which I NEED) and I appreciate the grip of the knee patch.
Half chaps are my prefered lower leg.

upper body is whatever the weather dictates. I almost always wear gloves if riding in leather reins, no gloves if riding with rope reins.

name brand matters not, and is irrelevant because when you are "big" like me, the name brands aren't in your size anyway. Saves me a ton of money.
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post #9 of 29 Old 11-29-2012, 12:03 PM
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Yes depends on what you're doing so assume not show gear
I do my own horses plus garden and dogs etc so for day to day riding through our bit of wood or in the menage I dont have time to change - cheap and practical suits me best. In the summer its a T shirt & cut offs and then I put half chaps on to ride in and short boots but in the winter I'm more inclined to take the time to put fleecy lined breeches on - I dont find jeans warm or comfortable to ride in and I start piling on the layers so I look like a Michelin Man by January. When we go on long trail rides I also wear breeches - again for comfort, they are better designed for riding in though some stretchy jeans are OK but I dont spend a ton of money on them
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post #10 of 29 Old 11-29-2012, 12:27 PM
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Well, in the winter during my lessons or just riding I wear sweatpants with a pair of leggings underneath, cowboy boots, long sleeve t-shirt with a big hoodie and my winter coat over it, gloves, helmet.

In the summer I wear breeches, half chaps, riding boots, gloves, tank top, helmet.

Basically, my wardrobe concentrates more on being comfortable in the weather than on style. Especially since I'm not the neatest person in the world and am always filthy leaving the barn.
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