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post #1 of 25 Old 08-11-2010, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
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The riders tan.

The riders tan, is a tanning pattern that some riders develop in the warmer, sunnier seasons of the year. The tan is at its darkest on the exposed arms [if rider is wearing a t shirt] or the exposed arms, shoulders, chest, and sometimes upper back of the rider wearing a tank top. From that point on the rest of the body [especially the legs covered by breeches/jeans] is extremely pale. The hands of the rider may also be pale with a distinct line at the wrist, indicating the rider often wears gloves.

I'm currently sporting one of these tans myself. I always wear tank tops when I ride and gloves so my upper body is extremely dark [Like, almost as if I was of Latino descent] But every other part of my body, especially my legs, are ghostly white! I never wear shorts except when I go running at the local reservoir [mostly shade] so I'm literally like a ghost on my legs!

Anybody else sporting their seasonal riding tans?
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post #2 of 25 Old 08-11-2010, 02:44 PM
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LOL...I AM!!!! (and proudly doing so) Went trailriding/camping with some friends a few weeks ago. They brought an autistic girl (who I really love) along. We were going down to the little swimming hole in the creek, and I pu on a pair of shorts. When I walked out of my trailer, the little girl looks at me and says, "Man, your legs are WHITE Buddy!" I wear t-shirts without gloves, so DH calls it my farmer's tan.

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post #3 of 25 Old 08-11-2010, 03:01 PM
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Back in the day when I used to be a trail guide I would lead all the trails from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. It was so hot that I would wear a sleeveless top, shorts and hiking boots. I looked like a mismatched doll when i wore my bathing suit: Brown head, arms and legs, white torso, thighs and feet!! I couldn't wear sandals the rest of the summer because the sock tan line looked so lame, lol!
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post #4 of 25 Old 08-11-2010, 03:14 PM
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Here's my tan from last year. This picture was taken in September...and the T-shirt had sleeves shorter then I normally wear. I keep my tan year-round so I got even draker on my arm this year and I'm white everywhere else...and on Saturday I have to wear a dress that has spaghetti straps.

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post #5 of 25 Old 08-11-2010, 03:28 PM
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Im definitely sporting one of those tans
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post #6 of 25 Old 08-11-2010, 05:05 PM
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I'm so lucky, the barn I'm at this year has trees surrounding the arena so it's nice and shady. This is one of the first years I haven't been sporting that tan!
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post #7 of 25 Old 08-11-2010, 05:17 PM
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Oh arms, chest and face is very dark. My could find me from outer space with these legs!
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post #8 of 25 Old 08-11-2010, 10:22 PM
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lol glad all of you suffer from that syndrome too. My legs also glow because they are so white. Wish I could ride in shorts.
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post #9 of 25 Old 08-11-2010, 10:35 PM
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I usually wear a poloshirt riding, so in addition to the arms I get a lovely little 'V' of tanned skin where I leave the buttons undone on my neck :]

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post #10 of 25 Old 08-12-2010, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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I'm looking forward to the winter time, where I have to ride inside and my skin is all one color.
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