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  1. #1
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    Default (barn) Hats For The Summer

    OK. I can't stand the look of "helmet head" after I ride. In the winter, it's no problem I just put on a knitted hat, but what about the summer? I look awful in baseball hats, and a kerchief just makes me think of my Polish grandmother! Does anyone have a suggestion? I love the straw hats see in some dressage venues, but I don't want to scream DRESSAGE DIVA - I'm not. I board at a jumper facility, that's laid back. Ideas???



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    I have a Scala "cowboy" hat. It's straw with a brim, so keeps sun off my face at shows as well as covering the helmet hair.
    From now on, ponyfixer, i'll include foot note references.



  3. #3
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    If sun protection is important, you might look at Tilly hats. I have one of these:

    http://www.tilley.com/LTM6-AIRFLO-Nylamtium-Hat.aspx



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    I, too, look dreadful in baseball caps. I have several Australian hats I love. Here's a good selection: http://www.downunderweb.com/store/Cl...tbackHats.html
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    I wear Boonies once in a while. Kind of quirky but definately comfy and gets the job done. Sometimes I hate the tight feeling of a baseball hat especially after wearing a helmet.
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    If you like the look of Straw hats, why not just buy a straw hat? Who cares if you look like a "dressage diva" as long as you don't act like one?



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    You did not mention how long your hair is. I pull on a visor. I finger scrunch up my hair and on goes the visor. I look awful in baseball caps but the visor gives my hair some height and body.



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    It's the BARN. Who cares if your hair is flat and icky? Your horse doesn't care. Who cares if you think you don't look good in ball caps? I beat other people wouldn't think so and wouldn't think twice about it.

    Are you at the barn for your horse and to have fun with him/her? Or to impress the barn mavens?

    I wouldn't spend a lot of money on a special hat. But then again, that's just me.
    "Relinquish your whip!!"



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    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!



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    I have a beautiful Scala hat that I use off and on during the summer...but I am a visor girl. I have a few visors... visor from my alma mater, my visor from my favorite local tack shop and my HRH visor...which I love for what it implies, even though it really stands for Hard Rock Hotel!
    "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
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