Originally Posted by bsms
OK. Your goal is to 'look good'. The horse doesn't know what you are wearing. If it gives you confidence, fine. However, it has absolutely NOTHING to do with the OP's question - will wearing jeans damage her saddle?
A second question you pose is, 'Does a polo shirt and breeches indicate greater seriousness about riding, or higher standards?' And my answer is no, because I'm serious about my riding, am working hard to improve my riding and my horses, and I wear T-shirts/sweatshirts and jeans. Xenophon was butt-naked riding. For the sake of my neighbors and my thighs, I won't follow his example - but he was a serious rider.
I don't like the implication that those better dressed are better horsemen or take things more sieriously, as some of the hardest working people and best horse trainers I know wear jeans and tshirts. But I don't think that's what people have been trying to say. I school in polo shirts and breeches, not for the sole purpose of "looking good" or about my "confidence" but because for me and many others, it's the professional thing to do. I would never take clients to horse shop at another barn or school horses/kids at a show in anything less. In some places, wearing jeans/tshirts is a huge no no, even to muck stalls. Don't forget, certain circles will require different "dress codes" that can imply certain things. Think a lawyer is going to walk into a courtroom in jeans and a t? Heck no. In that circle, it probably would imply that the lawyer was sloppy and not serious about what he was doing. But it doesn't mean that ALL people who wear jeans and a t aren't serious about what they're doing. And it doesn't mean people who dress well's only goal is to "look good". There are a looooot of circles in the horse world.
***You're right thought.... we are getting off topic!***