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post #1 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Wearing a Belt with Outfits

This may be a silly question, but I'm just getting back into taking lessons (English) and was wondering if I should wear a belt with pants that have belt loops?

Just curious what everyone else does! I personally don't wear belts day to day unless my pants are too big, so it seems weird to wear a belt when riding. I'm just taking lessons, not really trying to be super fashionable.

But I know a lot of people, no matter the occasion, think you should wear a belt if your pants have loops. This is just a "good to know" kinda thing for me! I have been working on buying more riding clothes.
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 10:21 AM
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If you're talking hardcore traditional, then yeah. Maybe if you were riding at a A hunter barn or something. It does give a cleaner look, assuming the rest of the outfit is in line. Practically, it doesn't really matter. I only wear my belts when riding in clinics or shows. Just have clean, fitting breeches, clean boots a shirt with sleeves, and black gloves and 90% of the time it's fine.
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 10:50 AM
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I wouldn't wear one in lessons, if that's what you mean. It's just one more thing to remember, and I'm thinking that on the off chance you fell on the buckle it might hurt. Of course, this is coming from me -- I wear street clothes for riding.

For sure it looks nicer, though.
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post #4 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 10:56 AM
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If you plan on showing at all, a belt is needed to finish off the look. So, while you can go either way in a home setting and especially if it is bothering you, getting into the habit of wearing a belt becomes one less thing to be distracted about when showing.
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post #5 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 11:28 AM
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I don't wear one unless I'm showing or, in theory, going to a clinic where presentation matters.
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post #6 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 12:14 PM
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This is meant to be facetious, but do people who worry what to wear at the barn actually interact with horses? Even a moderately affectionate horse will render you hairy, grimy, and slobbery in no time - especially one that has discovered the red clover...
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post #7 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 12:37 PM
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mmshiro, there is a difference between worrying what to wear and worrying whether you will make it out of the barn in the same condition you arrived. I know many that agonize over what to wear to keep up appearances and few that truly care about staying in the same condition they arrive in. They actually tend to relish the attention, dirt, grime and dishevelment that comes from interacting with the ponies.

OP wear a belt or not. If your pants are too big then yes it is a necessity in my book. If they aren't then as someone pointed out getting in the habit is one less distraction and worry at a show. If my top covers my loops I don't which is what happens when I ride lately. My child and the older nephew wear tshirts untucked for lessons and no belt. The younger nephew wears a belt though he doesn't at any other time (like church) which I think is just the perverse nature of some teens. All of us have belts that are relatively thin with small buckles that aren't an irritation or focal point.
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post #8 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 12:38 PM
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I think in pony club you're required to have a belt. I think the logic behind it is if you're out on a long ride and your stirrup leather breaks you can rig something up with your belt.

But for lessons at a low key barn? Don't bother. Unless it's super cute. (If you want to spend an excessive amount of money on really cute belts check out C4 belts)

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post #9 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 01:15 PM
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I wear my (equestrian only) belts so..

-I can attach my phone clip to it

-I like the style, and belts can add to an outfit, especially if it has color

-Sometimes my breeches slip a bit when I jump or two point or my shirt might untuck

On days where I just want to relax- and just hang out/not ride- I might not wear a belt because my shirt will be not tucked so it wouldn't matter.

cantering on, into the familiar and unknown
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post #10 of 15 Old 07-18-2019, 02:17 PM
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For starting out taking lessons I wouldn't bother.

If you were schooling a horse for someone else, at a clinic, show, or just in general want to have a certain appearance at the barn then go for it!

Some days I go all mismatched and wear street clothes, usually I hope no one important is there, or I go at a time when I know there won't be a lot of people. If I'm trying to impress someone then yes! I will wear a nice button shirt at least and maybe a belt. My horse stays clean and stays out of my bubble so I never need to worry about slobber marks or anything, even right after he finishes eating he's still clean! Not all barns and horses are created equally in how clean they stay!
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