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post #11 of 23 Old 09-18-2013, 11:14 PM
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I always ride in breeches, tall boots, and a helmet whenever Im riding. Even if Im home I still ride in my attire. It just feels more comfortable for me.

Ive tried riding English in Western boots, and with regular jeans, and never ever found it comfortable. The Western boots would get caught, and the seam on the inside of jeans chaffed my leg.

Their are allot of riders that look down on riders if not in proper attire, but clothes don't make the rider.

Personally, I think dressing nicely and modestly when riding with other riders, or at lessons, is just more respectful to everyone around you, but thats me.

I also dont think their is anything wrong with wearing mixed clothes. I wouldnt expect anyone to go out and immediately buy breeches, tall boots and a helmet for riding English.

E v e r y horse is good for something. You dont throw a whole life away just cause he's banged up a little...

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Delfina, just out of curiosity, why would she have a problem with a purple saddle pad during lessons? The big dressage lady I'm with said that she doesn't have a problem with how the horse and rider look (during lessons/pleasure riding) but how they ride. My other instructor has always said that she'd rather be seen with a (I suppose) rag tag rider who rides well then a well dressed rider who can't. Also because it just hit me, why gloves? I really hate gloves when I ride so I've never really understood. :)
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post #13 of 23 Old 09-18-2013, 11:39 PM
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I only do trail riding, and always ride in a pair of lightweight sweat pants and t-shirt, with sweatshirt if it's cool, and Ariat Terrain boots. Mostly this is because I will get off and walk or trot with my horse (can't quite manage a canter ) for some distance on most rides, as my ankle hurts from too much time in the stirrup, but also hurts if I walk too far on it.
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post #14 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 07:12 AM
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im pretty undisciplined when I ride. NOT a fan of jeans. ok for casual walk only rides in a western saddle I guess but not may choice, especially for hot weather. Just to restrictive.
. Generally I ride in baseball uniform pants, light hikers and a helmet.
I have flannel lined dickies work pants that are comfortable in winter. I also do have waterproof jeans I will wear on rainy days.
Ideally Id like the irideon cargo breeches, but they dont make them big enough.
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post #15 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 07:43 AM
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I'm always in jodhpurs (hate riding in jeans) and boots. I wear any old tshirt/hoody
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post #16 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 07:57 AM
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I ride in Jods, and full boots. And of course a helmet.
When I rode western a few times, I wore jeans and short boots.

So long as what you wear is safe and comfortable, it shouldn't matter.

HOWEVER when I have a lesson, I make sure my horse is well turned out, and that my top matches my jods and my boots are clean and polished ;)
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post #17 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 07:57 AM
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I learned early on-that jeans were not good riding attire for me-if I need Western looking pants-I wear the polyester riding pants. My preference is breeches for all my saddles. I wear tall boots-mostly English style, but I have some Western boots that are to the knee, which is what I'm wearing now, as my English boots are being re-built. As for gloves-I've always loved them-wore them for driving-I actually had gloves in my glove box! They keep my hands & nails much cleaner, & no callus's from reins, longe lines, etc-best bonus-in my 60's-no age spots on the backs of my hands! I like to buy the 3-pack of leather gloves @ Costco for $20-that can last for a year or more.
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post #18 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 11:27 AM
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Honestly, the real horse people dont care. I'm at a barn now where we have girls training for Rolex (all eventers) and not one person has mentioned anyones riding attire or mismatched tack. People that arent real in there expectations of life often are the first to judge. Glad you may have millions this year but what will happen to that snobby opinion next year when you may have $100 to your name?

I ride in a mix of attire and tack almost everyday. I ride both western and dressage. During the summer I wear breeches no matter what tack I'm in-its too hot in Louisiana for jeans. In the winter, back in MD, I wore jeans with layers under them (the breeches couldnt accommodate 2+ layers and I'm too cheap to buy winter breeches that I'll get too hot in once we're working anyway). This year I'm not sure what I'll wear in the winter. Probably what ever is clean at the moment be it jeans or breeches. I also ride in a wintec isabell dressage saddle so no worries on damaging leather (I was mindful with maggies leather saddle though-conditioned it atleast 1x a month as well as weekly cleanings)
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post #19 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 02:08 PM
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I ride at a barn that is very mixed discipline, thankfully. I hate the typical atmosphere of one discipline barns that the boarders/coaches don't understand why you'd want to do anything but, and if you do, drama. I have only been at a barn like that once before, but have seen many others like that. I ride hunters, but I also do pretty much everything on my pony (including barrel racing in the past, trying to sort of get into that again).

When I am riding english I typically ride in my breeches - I have ridden in jeans before but don't feel as comfy and don't trust them on my saddle - and field boots, or my Hunter boots, and either a polo or another fitted tshirt tucked in. Western I generally do jeans and tshirt tucked in, and since I no longer have boots for western I generally just use my nicer muck boots or my Hunter brand boots.

For me personally, I generally cannot stand to have my tshirt untucked, or my hair showing from under my helmet. Just a personal pet peeve, but that has nothing to do with discipline, I don't care what discipline I am doing, it bothers me either way - no idea why though lol. I'm very OCD in general though, so. I have no problem if someone else wants to ride in jeans or whatever though, NGL I have done it more than once.
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post #20 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Viranh View Post

However, I feel like it is a respect thing. I will wear whatever to ride in my pasture at home, but I try to wear clean full seat breeches, paddock boots, and a tucked in polo at my lesson barn out of respect for the instructor and her beautiful facilities. You wouldn't show up to work in dirty, holey clothes, or something inappropriate for the job for similar reasons.
I think that if you are taking lessons that this is the big thing. Most folks that I've been around in the English world don't really care if you wear jeans most of the time- or they shouldn't anyway- but many trainers like their students to have a certain level of presentability. Your riding may not change whether you are wearing jeans, a holey tshirt, and cowboy jeans or breeches, tall boots/half chaps, and a neatly tucked in polo, but putting the effort into your appearance can show the trainer that you're willing to go the extra mile to look nice for them. If you have a trainer that feels this way, then it is showing respect towards them to wear the "correct" attire. However, not all english trainers care. I have a friend that takes lessons from a trainer wearing jeans, cowboy boots, and half chaps over them.

Basically, it's between you and them. If your trainer could care less what you're wearing, then wear what works for you. If you trainer has a higher level of expectations, then you should probably put some thought into what you're wearing if you want to be taken seriously. If you don't look like you're taking them seriously, why would they think that you are?

The mismatched tack thing is a little different IMO. If you aren't wearing any extreme sizes and do a little looking you could easily outfit yourself in a nice looking shirt, breeches, and inexpensive half chaps for under $50. New bridles and saddles cost quite a bit more!
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