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BananaBread 03-15-2008 10:55 PM

What do you wear while riding?
Hey. I was wondering what one would wear while riding.
I am planning on taking western riding lessons but have no clue what I would wear.
I just want to know what everyone wears while riding? lol.
Pictures would be great, and what kind of foot wear do you wear while riding?
Is the foot wear different between english and western?


Abby 03-15-2008 10:57 PM

I wear pair of comfy jeans and a good pair of tennis shoes, but that can be dangerous. If are you going to be doing western for a while, I'd invest in a good pair of boots and chaps.

BananaBread 03-15-2008 11:03 PM

Just any riding boots? What type would you suggest?
I googled "riding chaps" and I saw ones that went to the knee, And then I saw some that cow boys wear and motor bike riders wear.
Which ones are the ones you were talking about.

I apologize for my lack of knowledge. lol

Edit: Do 1/2 Chaps count as chaps?

Sorry again for my.... "noobness?"
lol I don't know a word for it

Abby 03-15-2008 11:18 PM

Style: Shotgun.

You can get them in other styles too like equitation, chinks and there are a few others too but I can't think of them. I prefer this type as they are more showy:



I prefer Ariat or Justin Roper boots. I like the Ariat Fat Babies for Winter riding. Toasty toes with traction on the snow so you don't have to changes shoes to ride! Ariat Heritage Roper boots are nice all 'round boots to ride in IMO.

edit- Half chaps are more for English riders.

BananaBread 03-15-2008 11:23 PM

Just for basic lessons, and pleasure riding, like on trails and stuff, would I need chaps?

Are those for english or western riding? Or does it really matter?

Abby 03-16-2008 12:32 AM

If you're just riding trails and taking lessons, a pair of jeans and tennis with nice grippy treds will do fine. The boots you posted are english, as are the chaps.

JustDressageIt 03-16-2008 12:45 AM

All the stables I've ever ridden at require riders to wear a boot with a heel to prevent your feet slipping through the stirrup.

When I ride western, I wear a comfy pair of jeans (try doing a nice low squat, if you can't, the jeans are too tight) and comfy shirts, as well as boots - usually ropers.

BananaBread 03-16-2008 12:53 AM

Oh thanks.
So just runners would work?
I also read about paddock boots?... Can those be used for western?
I was hoping that one day, maybe... I could try barrels. :)
Chaps are ment to protect your leds from thorns and brush right? Thats what I read somewhere.

Abby 03-16-2008 01:01 AM

Field/paddock boots are kind of English tack. As long as you have a half in heel, I think, you are okay.

Try these, they are Ladies' Justin Boots 10" Pull-Ons:

or you could go cheaper and get these. they aren't as pretty but they have a heel.

BananaBread 03-16-2008 01:05 AM

Thanks. I don't know if Ill buy expensive riding boots right off the hop, cause I want to see if I really like it first. Thanks so much.
Where do you get good riding jeans?
My current jeans are skinny jeans, and I think they might be to tight for riding lol.

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