The riders tan, is a tanning pattern that some riders develop in the warmer, sunnier seasons of the year. The tan is at its darkest on the exposed arms [if rider is wearing a t shirt] or the exposed arms, shoulders, chest, and sometimes upper back of the rider wearing a tank top. From that point on the rest of the body [especially the legs covered by breeches/jeans] is extremely pale. The hands of the rider may also be pale with a distinct line at the wrist, indicating the rider often wears gloves.
I'm currently sporting one of these tans myself. I always wear tank tops when I ride and gloves so my upper body is extremely dark [Like, almost as if I was of Latino descent] But every other part of my body, especially my legs, are ghostly white! I never wear shorts except when I go running at the local reservoir [mostly shade] so I'm literally like a ghost on my legs!
LOL...I AM!!!! (and proudly doing so) Went trailriding/camping with some friends a few weeks ago. They brought an autistic girl (who I really love) along. We were going down to the little swimming hole in the creek, and I pu on a pair of shorts. When I walked out of my trailer, the little girl looks at me and says, "Man, your legs are WHITE Buddy!" I wear t-shirts without gloves, so DH calls it my farmer's tan.
Back in the day when I used to be a trail guide I would lead all the trails from 9 a.m. Until 9 p.m. It was so hot that I would wear a sleeveless top, shorts and hiking boots. I looked like a mismatched doll when I wore my bathing suit: Brown head, arms and legs, white torso, thighs and feet!! I couldn't wear sandals the rest of the summer because the sock tan line looked so lame, lol!
Here's my tan from last year. This picture was taken in September...and the T-shirt had sleeves shorter then I normally wear. I keep my tan year-round so I got even draker on my arm this year and I'm white everywhere else...and on Saturday I have to wear a dress that has spaghetti straps.
Haha me and my daddy...before my cousins redneck wedding.
To see the wind'spower, the rain'scleansing, and the sun'sradiant life, one need only to look at the horse.