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post #1 of 72 Old 01-23-2020, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Clothing for riding

Riding clothes are expensive, at least the typical English style clothes are. So I save mine for "special occasions"

I am always searching for alternatives, in everyday wear that work for me.

Shirts are not really an issue, because the ones for runners can be bought fairly inexpensively and do great for cooling in the hot weather.

Cold weather, can just layer shirts, but jackets are another issue. I can't ear anything that makes noise (like a slippery raincoat) on Chivas. So traditionally have worn what I call my "fancy riding jacket" which is really a hoodie!

But recently have become concerned r/t the hood hanging on my back. If I came off (this has happened) and the horse stepped near my head catching his hoof in the hood, it could be a disaster.

Any thoughts/comments on alternatives to purpose made equestrian clothing?
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post #2 of 72 Old 01-23-2020, 09:16 PM
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Carhartt has some nice looking women’s jackets.

https://www.carhartt.com/category/ca...SAAEgIwDvD_BwE
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Carhartt has some nice looking women’s jackets.

https://www.carhartt.com/category/ca...SAAEgIwDvD_BwE
Those look very nice, and expensive! Can buy a zip hoodie for $15 or so.


I guess I am looking for clothing that is cheap...I have a very small budget. Don't mind spending money on good boots, as those last and last. But riding pants and jackets are something that I am not willing to spend a fortune on
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What about a synthetic fleece type zip up jacket/top (without hood) made for hiking or activewear/sports? It won't be waterproof but it won't get as wet and cold as something that has cotton in it.
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What about a synthetic fleece type zip up jacket/top (without hood) made for hiking or activewear/sports? It won't be waterproof but it won't get as wet and cold as something that has cotton in it.
I've thought of those, do you think horse hair would be an issue? I don't care from an appearance perspective, but if the hairs won't come out in the wash and poke me I would be so itchy.

It doesn't get that cold here, but I am a whimp when it comes to the cold!


I have ridden in sweatpants before too. Looks horrible with boots but fairly warm. A bit slippery.
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I used to show with $10 Walmart jeggings .. had three pairs of white ones and together they cost a fraction of the cost of show breeches. Now I own several pairs of breeches all bought second hand at quite good prices (less than $20 each) as for shirts- most sport shirts or light cotton or tank tops or cut up tee shirts. Boots can replaced with basic short boots from walmart- though I love my nice leather ones. I've heard golf gloves as a replacement for riding gloves. I need to try that one...


Funny story about the Walmart Jeggings- was at a show. Dressage- so all sitting trot so that no one could see the seat of the pants it was in the tack. A very kind and posh trainer came up to me and told me I had beautiful and stylish breeches and where had I got them? Her face when I explained what they were was priceless. It hadn't occured to her that anyone would wear anything other than proper riding breeches to a rated show. Nobody noticed I don't think and they were comfortable and stretchy.
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I used to show with $10 Walmart jeggings .. had three pairs of white ones and together they cost a fraction of the cost of show breeches. Now I own several pairs of breeches all bought second hand at quite good prices (less than $20 each) as for shirts- most sport shirts or light cotton or tank tops or cut up tee shirts. Boots can replaced with basic short boots from walmart- though I love my nice leather ones. I've heard golf gloves as a replacement for riding gloves. I need to try that one...


Funny story about the Walmart Jeggings- was at a show. Dressage- so all sitting trot so that no one could see the seat of the pants it was in the tack. A very kind and posh trainer came up to me and told me I had beautiful and stylish breeches and where had I got them? Her face when I explained what they were was priceless. It hadn't occured to her that anyone would wear anything other than proper riding breeches to a rated show. Nobody noticed I don't think and they were comfortable and stretchy.


By jeggings do you mean the ones shaped like jeans? Are they slippery?
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@AnitaAnne , I get all my riding coats and jackets from the thrift store. They charge $5 for all jackets and coats. I've gotten some lovely ones there. If you decide the coat or jacket isn't quite right, you can just donate it back and buy something else. There are times when a church or school will come and take every coat and jacket. Just go back in a couple of weeks and there will be more of them.
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I don't know about the hair sorry.

If you can find some second hand, I highly recommend the Icebreaker realfleece (its a merino wool/synthetic blend). I have not had issues with it. But then again, in winter I am generally wearing 1–2 layers of merino (combination of singlet and short or long-sleeve tee) under it, so if there was a hair poking through issue I would not notice it.

I have one kind of like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/ICEBREAKER-...temCondition=4

The other thing I have from them is a jacket like this one: https://www.sierra.com/icebreaker-di...women~p~bi182/. And its amazing but expensive.

It does not get that cold here either (like maybe 46 °F) but I don't like cold. So I wear 1–2 merino base layers, plus my realfleece zip sweater, plus my jacket.
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By jeggings do you mean the ones shaped like jeans? Are they slippery?
Not as slippery as running tights. But they aren't grippy. Truthfully at the time I hadn't ever had a pair of fullseats- so I had no idea what I was missing. They have a little slide but not dangerously so.
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