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post #1 of 14 Old 10-09-2013, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
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So a friend invited me to ride with her at her ranch. This is a totally different ranch from the one I go to. Well we planned to go on a trail ride and where her trails are, there are alot of rivers. I've never been through water that goes higher then the horse's chestnut and I'm not sure what to wear if I'll be getting wet. I could wear breeches but they'd be uncomfortable if the got wet. And I don't want to wear jeans or shorts because I'd like to make a good impression. And of course I do not want my leather boots getting dunked in the water. What do you usually wear on a wet trail ride? Thanks!!!!!!
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post #2 of 14 Old 10-09-2013, 01:04 PM
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Clothes that you don't mind getting wet.

Honestly, if you're going to get THAT wet, any type of breech or pant is going to be uncomfortable. If it were me, I'd wear in whatever I felt most comfortable.

Leather boots aren't going to shrivel up and be destroyed if they get wet. Just make sure to dry them thoroughly afterwards and condition them to keep their suppleness.
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I remember riding when I was younger, through a river that was well over the horse's belly. The mare was well broke so I just put my legs up over the saddle and against her neck.
Ask your friend how deep the water is and what she wears to ride!

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Clothes that you don't mind getting wet.

Honestly, if you're going to get THAT wet, any type of breech or pant is going to be uncomfortable. If it were me, I'd wear in whatever I felt most comfortable.

Leather boots aren't going to shrivel up and be destroyed if they get wet. Just make sure to dry them thoroughly afterwards and condition them to keep their suppleness.
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I remember riding when I was younger, through a river that was well over the horse's belly. The mare was well broke so I just put my legs up over the saddle and against her neck.
Ask your friend how deep the water is and what she wears to ride!
Thank you so much.
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An area I am very familiar with, the river.


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This lime green saddle pad is what you don't use in the river.
Compressed recycled felt like material that takes days to dry.
My footwear of choice is docksiders, they drain easy.
Wife wears crocs that have perforations all over.
My daughter wears older tennis shoes, go figure.
Jeans work well, heard no complaints from the women.
We tend to go very deep in the river during the hot months.
100 degrees, no problem, every few miles we ride the river.
I ride the short paint so I get wet first!
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An area I am very familiar with, the river.


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This lime green saddle pad is what you don't use in the river.
Compressed recycled felt like material that takes days to dry.
My footwear of choice is docksiders, they drain easy.
Wife wears crocs that have perforations all over.
My daughter wears older tennis shoes, go figure.
Jeans work well, heard no complaints from the women.
We tend to go very deep in the river during the hot months.
100 degrees, no problem, every few miles we ride the river.
I ride the short paint so I get wet first!
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Remember enjoy the river!!!

Awesome pictures. That would be incredibly fun! Great advice
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-06-2013, 10:24 PM
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After reviewing some older threads, did SimplyRadical get in that river ride???
Take any pics???



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Good Impression or not, I'd wear high top tennis shoes and older jeans/top that I didn't care about getting wet.

Second, I hope it's warmer where you are than where I live. I will take a horse thru something knee deep in the cold weather but there is no way this side of the equator and back that I would put the whole horse under water in cold weather.

This isn't the Old West where one, sometimes, didn't have a choice. I don't care enough about impressing anyone to risk getting my horse chilled then over heated on a November day.

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post #9 of 14 Old 11-15-2013, 04:05 AM
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Just remember besides your clothes EVERYTHING will get wet, protect your cell phone, gps, pistol, cigarettes (if you smoke), lunch, or anything else that will be adversely affected by the wet.

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post #10 of 14 Old 11-15-2013, 04:20 AM
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I wish there were some around here to ride through. They are so mucky that the horse would sink and get stuck. Also, it could only be done in summer months or it would be too cold.
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