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post #11 of 18 Old 03-22-2013, 09:13 AM
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For cold weather, look for a fitted jacket - nothing that screams eskimo of course where you are buried under layers and can't even see out, more like something that looks made to fit your body. There are sales going on right now with nice looking long sleeve polos and warm jackets - start shopping!

As far as helmets go, I'm a big Tipperary fan but for english, I'm always trying to find a helmet that has a slimmer profile b/c I wear a large and ALL helmets look funny on me - I like to look proportional if at all possible LOL! But you can always get a plain black helmet for arena work and get you a wild cover (tie dye, neon, whatever your fancy) for hacking out.

And very much a yes - conservative colors are in order for lessons but when you go out for a trail ride, ride in whatever colors make you feel good! But then I'm an endurance rider so I go loud when I get outside the fence - my 'conservative tack' (yes I do ride dressage as well and conform when it's necessary haha ) mostly collects dust in my trailer!!

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post #12 of 18 Old 03-22-2013, 09:21 AM
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In the summer a short sleeve shirt with a collar.
When it is colder a turtleneck with a fleece vest is nice.
If possible tuck in your shirt tails, and if your pants have belt loops wear a belt.

I think it sounds like a nice place that takes a lot of pride in the horses and the students.
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post #13 of 18 Old 03-22-2013, 11:34 PM
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Do you see a lot of western riders where pools? I find them so cute and comfortable but I ride both styles and I don't want to look stupid haha
I ride western and I wear polos. I like the cool-wick ones from Smart-pak or Horseware if I am going to ride at a trainers barn.
I also wore them when I worked for trainers so I looked presentable on client/ lesson days.

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post #14 of 18 Old 03-23-2013, 03:04 AM
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When it's cold out, they are here! A nice vest (not one that looks like it belongs on a ski slope...) and a collared shirt like a long sleeve polo. Kerrits makes a long sleeve shaped, collared sweatshirty thing (it's not casual it's actually pretty sharp looking, an almost shiny material on the outside and sweatshirty on the inside) and it's WARM!

Oh and don't wear a purple shirt and coordinate with a purple saddle pad. Trainer brought that up like FIFTY times during the lesson.

Stick to "boring" like black, white and navy blue for saddle pads. No bling or prints!!
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When I rode English I would wear a vest in the cold. You can always wear under armour or a warmer base layer under a long sleave polo. I get really cold. I also wear spandex ender my pants, or britches. And two socks. Just look at what others are wearing.
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post #15 of 18 Old 03-23-2013, 02:10 PM
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I never really understood the dresscode thing. I would go to a HJ barn for a group lesson and the other 2 girls would have polos tucked in, and I would have breeches (stained), boot (broken) and a tshirt or sweatshirt (also stained). When it comes to riding a sweaty, dirty animal, I don't feel like staining all my nice polos and making them yucky xP
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post #16 of 18 Old 03-23-2013, 02:32 PM
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I never really understood the dresscode thing. I would go to a HJ barn for a group lesson and the other 2 girls would have polos tucked in, and I would have breeches (stained), boot (broken) and a tshirt or sweatshirt (also stained). When it comes to riding a sweaty, dirty animal, I don't feel like staining all my nice polos and making them yucky xP
It's about showing pride in what you're doing, as well as respect for your trainer.
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post #17 of 18 Old 03-23-2013, 09:16 PM
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It's about showing pride in what you're doing, as well as respect for your trainer.
I atleast met her half way and got new breeches and made my boots usable. After I showed up for the first lesson and seen her in jeans and a tore up coat, I decided to go more loose with it. It was in winter too, so no matter how much someone asks me to wear nice clothes, I will stick to my warm coat!
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post #18 of 18 Old 03-23-2013, 10:02 PM
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I think if you're paying the money to ride with a more advanced coach you definitely need to dress the 'conservative' and 'classy' part, and I definitely think coaches get a bit more slack than riders do. Riders are out there for an hour or two in the cold, coaches get to sit in a dirty arena for hours freezing their fingers and toes off. I don't ride in a very fancy barn, the only 'dress code' is keep your cleavage hidden- but I'm sure if she began training more show riders she would up the dress code a little bit. It's all about respect for your coach and the other riders / other people at the barn. Not to mention riding around in sweat shirts can take away from your body, if your coach can't see if your back is arched, shoulders back, etc. they cannot help to improve your posture. Whatever you do, dress in nice, fitted clothing that wont 'get in the way', and until you know what the barn is like stick to conservative colours, etc.

Some barns are happy to have their riders in loud coloured tack, as long as it is tidy and tucked in. We can give you all the advice in the world, but until you see the barn and the other riders you wont know for sure!
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