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post #1 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:13 PM Thread Starter
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Modesty around the barn

I have been noticing several photos of young women riders sporting "Daisy Duke" shorts and shirts showing off much more than the rider's arms...

What is your policy on modest dress around the barn? Do you require those riding your horses to wear pants/breeches? What about boots, regardless of riding or not?

Personally, I ride and train for the horses, not to show off my body. Wearing immodest clothing (in my opinion) can not only get a rider hurt (broken toes, scraped legs, etc), but can be distracting for other riders or barn members (either in a provacative manner, or in a gossiping manner).

So, what is your view on modesty, and where do you draw the line?

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post #2 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:18 PM
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I wear long pants when riding. Whether they are jeans or yoga pants/athletic pants depends on my mood for the day. I usually wear boots when riding, but if I'm around the barn, I will wear tennis shoes.

I don't wear shorts, I rarely do anyways because I hate my legs.

But I do wear tank tops when it's hot out. I just make sure my tah-tahs are secure.

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post #3 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:19 PM
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Well, these days no one would want to see me running around in daisy dukes. I do have a rule though for students & training clients, pants & boots are required. I do wear tank tops when it's hot but they are runner's compression tanks that cover everything.

In general, I think there is a time & place (let's face it all teenagers especially will be wearing skimpy clothes at one point or another) but the barn is not that place IMO.

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post #4 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:19 PM
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I personally, ride in jean shorts and boots in the summer. I do a lot of bareback riding, and I'm easier to get horsey sweat and hair off of than my jeans lol. But I don't wear majorly short shorts.
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post #5 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:20 PM
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I ride in jeans and a tank top if it's hot out. I don't need heat stroke while just out on a trail ride. I also work at my barn and lately it's been getting into the 80s and 90s early in the morning and I'll have a tank top on and shorts if I remember to bring some. I would deal with some scrapes from moving hay and cleaning stalls over being stuck to my jeans and feeling disgusting.

If I'm at the barn on my own time, I'm there to work with my horse and that's it. I could care less what the other boarders are doing (or wearing) unless they are doing something completely inappropriate like taking one of the small machetes we have to break open hay bales after their horse...
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post #6 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:21 PM
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Honestly, I really could care less what someone else chooses to wear and I certainly don't believe they need to consider the inability of others to control their eyes or wagging tongues as part of the decision process in what to wear. The "safety issues" regarding others you are trying to raise are not the problem of the person wearing the clothing.......
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post #7 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:21 PM
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I'm guilty of riding in a tank top, shorts, and boots.. But I also have my horses at my house and live where (in the summer) it is VERY possible to go above 100* everyday.

When I would go to my aunt's barn to help with their client's horses I would wear basket ball shorts and a tank top to clean stalls or other grunt work, but if I were riding I would wear jeans, a tank top, and boots..

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post #8 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:21 PM
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where I lease my horse you may wear runners around the barn
You must wear boots when riding. You have to wear proper pants and
Tops. Its for every ones safety

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post #9 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:23 PM
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If I am in a hurry and going straight to the barn from work and/or class I will sometimes ride in my nike shorts and my t shirt. Especially if I'm riding bareback, because as another member mentioned, its alot easier to hose off my legs than it is my jeans.

I always wear my boots though :) So even if I'm not dressed immodestly, I'm still probably causing a stir if only for the fashion emergency I am creating hahaha\

Though I HAVE ridden bareback and barefoot a few times. I had forgotten my boots and was in a hurry. As long as you're not doing something stupid, or letting it all hang out our BO is pretty lenient about what you choose to ride in
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post #10 of 297 Old 06-08-2012, 11:26 PM
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FTR, *I* choose to ride in jeans and a baggy t-shirt, because I am an old woman with a body no one (myself included) wants to see.....just don't see the need for anyone else to decide what to wear based on what I might think about it.
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