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post #11 of 13 Old 02-13-2020, 07:38 PM
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I would wear any socks you feel comfortable in tbh,it doesn't really matter lol.
As for gloves I personally don't like wearing gloves when riding, I like to feel the reins in my hands,personal preferance really again, there are a lot of gloves on the market some ridiculously priced, I found that a pair of 99p magic grip gloves worked just as well as an expensive pair of riding gloves,buy from tack shops and you will pay 4-5 times more than anywhere else.
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post #12 of 13 Old 02-13-2020, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by equestrianalyssa View Post
So I'm fairly new to the equestrian world and I'll be starting riding lessons in a month or so. I have a few questions about socks and gloves that I was hoping someone more experienced could help me out with.

In regards to socks...
How important is it that I wear riding/boot socks? Would any socks work? If they are necessary, is it better to purchase them from an equestrian clothing store? Or will any pair of thin/tight socks suffice?

Not very. You can wear any kind of socks that are comfortable. Personally, I find 'riding socks' are somewhat overpriced for what they are. Merino wool socks are great for the winter and tall cotton socks for the summer. If you are specifically looking for an equestrian brand sock, I've come to like the C4 socks and there are slim socks with a mesh calf (can't remember the brand) that are noce for the summer

And in regards to gloves...
Is it better to ride with gloves? I feel like it doesn't look like it makes too much of a difference, but then again, I don't know much.
Gloves vs No gloves is very much a personal preference, but there is a reason that gloves are important. Gloves prevent the risk of rope burn (when leading or lunging), rein rubs and give you better grip on the reins. If you decide to buy a pair, I find SSG makes great gloves.
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post #13 of 13 Old 02-14-2020, 04:48 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
Any sock will work, as long as it is high enough to be higher than the top edge of your boot.
Under my breeches, I find socks just need to be (1) high enough to have good overlap with the breeches, and (2) stretchy enough that they don't slide down. I find the breeches perfectly comfortable against my upper calf. But my summer breeches are cotton blend and maybe that makes a difference?

(In the winter, I have long underwear on 1st, then the socks go over that, so again, tall enough to have good overlap with the breeches on top. A 2nd pair of chunky wool socks, usually high ankle to mid calf, goes over the breeches - my winter boots are sized up because my feet get cold.)

So basically try what you have & see what's comfortable under what you'll be wearing, if you can't find something that works then figure out why & fill the gap.

Riding socks in fun patterns do make a nice gift for the horsegirl in your life (e.g. my niece).
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