If I don't wear gloves when I ride my fingers will actually bleed. My skin is ridiculously thin- I have to wear gloves when doing anything with a broom or a pitchfork too. I guess my hands get hot and sweaty but I've never noticed it!
The only draw back is an awful tan line if you ride outside.
I hate gloves and wear them as little as possible. I feel like I don't have a good grip, no matter what type of gloves I wear. I only wear gloves when necessary, as in my fingers will freeze and fall off if I don't.
I always wear gloves, and I don't really feel like my hands are any hotter or sweatier with them on. The trick is to find the right gloves so they are comfortable and give you the perfect grip. Mine are SSG gloves and they have sort of a microsuede outer. I love them. The only time I ride without them is if I know I'm going out on a trail ride only. But if I'm hacking out after a ride I always leave them on. I barely notice they are there.
90 % of the time I am around horses I ahve some sort of gloves on my hands.
The new ones go to shows and events, after a while, they get to be everyday schooling, and just befopre they go to holy glove heaven, they are on my hands for grooming and mucking.
I am particular to the SSG white Dressage gloves for summertime because they have a very breathable back material, and the palms are made from a very fine microfibre suede that is thin, plus the white colour, which soon becomes grey, does not heat up as much in the direct sun. For some reason the dressage gloves are lighter in weight than the regular black SSG summer gloves.
My hands are never sweaty in that brand.
A few weeks back I couldn't find my riding gloves and threw on a pair of kid leather black showing gloves. Needless to say, in the hot sun I did sweat and came in with fingers dyed blue.
In my SSG gloves, I bring them in after riding, still on my hands and wash them with ordinary hand soap and then let them air dry. They stay looking quite nice for longer that way.
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I used to wear those cheap cotton gloves whenever I rode. Moved to a different barn and stopped wearing gloves except on trails and in the winter--not for any particular reason, I just got too lazy to put them on . I've started wearing them again since the one jump school where I was using a just-oiled new set of reins and my horse pulled them out of my hands over every single jump. So stored in my helmet are my hairnet and a pair of crochet-back SSG gloves. They dye my hands blue after every ride but they're the only gloves that don't annoy me.
I wear gloves all the time. The combination of sweat and a bit of a puller (when he jumps, anyway) leads to blisters faster than you can sneeze. Even WITH gloves, I still get blisters and sores. *looks sadly at hands* Consequently I often have to change fingers for my reins. Switching gloves around helps as well - I have two pairs I move between... they seem to allow rubbing in different areas.
I guess I don't really notice my hands getting hot. I do hate the glove tan line though..
I've just started wearing gloves consistently when I ride this hot, sticky, nasty summer. I've worn out two pair of the cheapo pimple palm gloves and today rode in a pair of work gloves (albeit trendy, upscale, close fitting and really nice work gloves) from Lowes. I have never gotten blisters from riding but my fingers are so arthritic and sensitive to being banged around that I have horrendous pain if I dont keep my mitts covered up. That and my grip is laughable. Every bit of traction helps.
Even with the work gloves today the heat and sweat didnt bother me. If anything, the sauna for my knuckle-bones makes them feel somewhat better.
I don't notice my hands getting particularly hot or sweaty when I wear gloves. I generally only wear them for lessons and shows, or thermal ones in the winter. I use the crochet back ones for lessons and schooling, and have the black leather SSG breast cancer gloves for showing. Those ones I do notice at first that my hands get hotter, but it's not a huge deal. I don't normally wear gloves though just because I feel like I don't have as good a "feel" when I wear them.
I voted no, don't feel a need to, and that is true for riding purposes. However, for all day trail rides, especially into remote areas, or when I know I'm going to be clearing trails, I always have a pair on me in the saddle bags.
For riding- including foxhunting- I only wear 'em when it's really, really cold.
I wear them year-round, regardless of what kind of riding we're doing-- hacking, trails, O/F, XC, whatever. I don't blister easily, but I just feel naked without them.
And it's gotten to be a rather superstitious thing for me lately, unfortunately... the last two times I rode glove-less, I ended up falling off and skinning up my hands pretty bad upon landing. So as far as I'm concerned, gloves are part of my safety equipment, too.
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I always wear gloves, but my hands don't get hot in them... I usually ride in the crochet-back gloves in the summer, and they're nice and cool. Will also use the cheapie SSG cotton ones, and those are very light as well.