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post #11 of 18 Old 09-01-2014, 11:28 AM
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i usually ride in lululemon (yoga pants, technical workout tops). i don't find much of a difference with real riding pants. i use under armor in the winter. at least with that stuff i can use it outside of riding. i've found the horse branded stuff is more $$. ie i just bought a tack trunk (not labeled as such) for $70 at home depot. locks and everything. same thing would have cost $200+ labeled as a tack trunk.
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post #12 of 18 Old 09-01-2014, 01:58 PM
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I'd like find things that are not only cooler, but just a little nicer, or more presentable. Luckily winter isn't too big a deal here, but I need a fleece something because the jacket I normally wear is a wind breaker type and is way too loud. I don't see myself buying any of the equine brand stuff...it's just too expensive and I'm sure I'll find similar items for much cheaper.
You hit the nail on the head. If you're not showing, and you already ride in breeches, anything else is really fair game (besides for boots and a helmet, in my opinion).

At any sports store, you're going to find TONS of shirts made to keep athletes cool, and many of them look nice. However, I find that sports stores tend to be just as expensive as any equestrian-specific outlet. For that reason, I would recommend shopping the sports section of the clothes in your local Wal-Mart or somewhere similar.

As for jackets, the one I wear to the barn was actually bought from a tack store, but I'm sure you can find a nice one anywhere for the same price or cheaper compared to a tack store.
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post #13 of 18 Old 09-01-2014, 09:06 PM
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My experience is that there is a difference in equestrian tops, especially those from Kerrits and Irideon: they are typically cut a bit longer in the back then regular athletic gear. Obviously, equestrian-specific pants are completely different from any other kind of athletic pant, and IMO, worth it. For tops, if you look at a "real" polo shirt vs a polo-style shirt, you'll see that the "real" polo shirt has a considerably longer back tail than the polo-style one. If you're the type to have breeches that ride down and a shirt that rides up so that you get that oh-so-attractive strip of skin flashing everyone else in the ring? Equestrian-specific tops may well be worth it. If this isn't an issue for you, then I'd say go with whatever top you want. I usually sport t-shirts, myself, but then again, I don't give a flip about looking like a Style Queen at the barn. My horse is fancy enough for both of us. :)
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post #14 of 18 Old 09-01-2014, 09:07 PM
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PS It could be that Goode and the other equestrian wear mfg are the same cut, but the only brands I have personal experience with are Kerrits and Irideon.
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post #15 of 18 Old 09-09-2014, 10:49 AM
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I try to steer clear of clothing marketed for riders due to the prices, but some things you just have to. For local shows (nothing big or even close to A-rated), I go to consignment shops, tack swaps, ebay, amazon, and yes, even Walmart. My little local show outfit in total cost me less than $100. Now if I were moving up to the big girl shows, that'd be different. It's funny how I get complimented on my "riding pants" because they have pockets (thank you $10 Walmart leggings lol). I bought a very nice blazer at a discount store for $45 that is blue pinstripe, only difference is, it's a little bit shorter than riding coats. But again, I couldn't care less. It's for fun and experience for my green horses.

Also, trading with friends is fun too. Done that before.
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post #16 of 18 Old 09-09-2014, 10:54 PM
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Ehh I think it depends what exactly the item is. My breeches/boots/helmets are always true equine apparel. Same goes for anything I would wear at a show. The only thing I buy that isn't from an equine related store would be my shirts for schooling in - generally I buy polos from Aeropostale for that, and I also have a good selection of underarmor tank tops & long sleeves for winter.
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post #17 of 18 Old 09-09-2014, 11:11 PM
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I agree with most of the others - boots, breeches, half-chaps, and helmets are equestrian brands. Beyond that (shirts, jackets, etc.), anything goes.

I did used to ride in heavier-duty leggings (like Mane, I had a pair that had nice deep pockets on both legs, which was nice), and they worked well enough. But they aren't made to hold up like breeches are, and I found they got holes and stretched much more quickly than even cheap ($30-$40) breeches.

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post #18 of 18 Old 09-11-2014, 02:39 AM
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My boots and my helmet are the only "horse brand" items that I own, except for a pair of heavy breeches that I wear in the winter. Everything else comes from Walmart or a thrift store. The leggings I wear have pretty much the same look and feel as breeches, they just don't have a suede seat or knee patches. I bought several pairs of them at Walmart for $11 each and they work just fine for me. I even bought a white pair to show in, no one can tell the difference. They have a little bit of texture, almost like really soft jeans, so they aren't too slippery... but who am I to judge that, I ride in yoga pants when it's hot out.

Shirts are shirts. I will admit, I do tend to buy things that will look good, or function the same way as real "riding shirts", but I ride in plain t-shirts and polos a lot of the time. Honestly, as long as I'm not dressed like a hobo clown, and I'm not going to die of heat exhaustion, I'm good. I'd much rather spend the big bucks on my horse. If he isn't happy and healthy, then there is no need for me to worry about riding clothes of any kind.

And socks! Good God. Who needs $12 socks?? I went to Big Lots and bought two 3 packs of men's Body Glove socks. They had stripes, argyle, houndstooth, and tiger stripes in blues and purples (which are my saddle pad colors). All together, I got 6 pairs for $10. Same dang thing as "boot socks" for a fraction of the cost.
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