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post #1 of 14 Old 03-17-2016, 02:40 PM Thread Starter
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Beginning Adult What to Wear

Greetings everyone! I'm thrilled to start riding (after decades!) this spring. I have been diagnosed with MS, but am asymptomatic and have added riding to my arsenal of MS treatment.

I'm in New England where weather changes quickly. Planning to wear breeches or warm leggings, paddock boots w/ half chaps and, or course, a helmet. Can you think of anything else that is a must for a slow start to my new passion? Thanks!
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Greetings everyone! I'm thrilled to start riding (after decades!) this spring. I have been diagnosed with MS, but am asymptomatic and have added riding to my arsenal of MS treatment.

I'm in New England where weather changes quickly. Planning to wear breeches or warm leggings, paddock boots w/ half chaps and, or course, a helmet. Can you think of anything else that is a must for a slow start to my new passion? Thanks!
Ummmmmm, some kind of shirt might not be amiss....jus' sayin'

A waterproof or windbreaker might be good if you're riding outside.

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One thing a lot of people forget - SUNSCREEN! :)
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Maybe some good riding gloves?
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haha shirt -- am thinking of polar fleece and, yes to gloves!
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haha shirt -- am thinking of polar fleece and, yes to gloves!
Fleece anything or sherpa linings around here are just not a good thing. They LOVE to grab bits of hay and dry grass and hair, which then come back to itch the FIRE out of you later. I always try to wear non-stick fabrics like heavy denim, canvas, t-shirting, stuff that doesn't attract the itchies. There's nothing more frustrating than to put on your favorite shirt and find that it's got something that's just poking you to death and you can't find it, and it doesn't wash out for MANY washings. Just some thoughts for you, especially with shedding season just starting. Oh, yeah, bras.....OMG I hate bras this time of year. Everything finds its way into your bra. And your mouth. And your eyes.
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I was always told to wear something padded that covered the arms like a coat or fleece. It helps protect your arms in the event of a fall, even from scrapes etc. That's if it isn't too warm of course. Although even a long sleeve shirt is better than nothing!

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Listen to the wise words of Dreamcatcher. If someone cleans and saddles your horse for you and all you ever have to do is climb on and off, fleece is fine. Otherwise, it is strictly an under layer. I wear a denim barn coat over my sweater and a pair of oversized jeans over my breeches and take them off once I am ready to mount up. Put them back on when I get off. Otherwise the mud now and the burrs in summer and the hay at all times will ruin all.
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If you are a begginer, like me, avoid gloves in the beginning (unless it's very, very cold). I struggled riding in gloves in the beginning because I didn't have enough feel in my hands for a bit. I was fine with gloves after about a year - but I'm a slow learner so it might come more quickly to you ��
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Finding good riding gloves is a challenge, especially if you need some for colder weather. I searched high and low and bought several pairs before I found one that I really liked. And guess what, they weren't actually labelled as riding gloves - I found them in a store for work clothes, but they are Thinsulate brand and are wonderful. You need the right materials for a good grip, but without freezing your hands. My extremities tend to get very, very cold so good gloves were a must. Oh, and layering is ok if you have to, but those chemical packs are useless in my opinion.

Also, good socks! And a good coat, which again, is a bit of trial and error. I've also found that in shedding season, I NEVER go to the barn without wearing splash pants over my breeches - you know, those nylon pants you wear over your clothes. That way when I'm brushing my horse, hair doesn't get all over my breeches. I take them off to ride, but always have them on for everything else.

And I agree with everyone else on the fleece. You'll appreciate slick surfaces that hair, hay and dust don't adhere to.
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