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    Article: What not to wear in the summer time.

    Um, yeah, whatever. You don't have to have a farmer's tan. You can wear tank tops. I think the author has no clue what it's like to ride in super hot temps.

    I agree with the no butt crack and wardrobe malfunctions, but that's about it. Dressing to be taken seriously? Maybe if you have a lesson, but if you're schooling your own horse? Who cares? It's actually fun to dress like a lazy and crazy person and then have a horse under you who is a spectacular mover and does all the upper level movements while you're in your Dockers.

    What stuff do you wear that goes against the HP's idea of proper riding attire? I think it's more fun to NOT look like a DQ sometimes--especially in the summer. It's fun to shock people--but only if you and your horse can walk the talk.
    "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"

    For starters, I wear low rise jeans riding sometimes and dont show crack! A belt (or stirrup leather) works pretty well at keeping my pants up! Also, I wear whatever crappy t shirts I have laying around. I get filthy at the barn and I would rather spend my horsey budget on things other than my schooling clothes. And I have been known to occasionally wear shorts with half chaps.

    So shoot me. I break a ton of her fashion rules! I have my horses at home and the only people that are going to see me ride are my SO, our families and whoever we might invite out. FWIW, I was at a small, casual boarding barn before this and I wore the same stuff.

    Maybe it's different at bigger barns or show barns. I just cant justify paying for nice looking stuff to wear riding. I DO look impeccable and have everything necessary for showing, but that stuff pretty much saps up my horsey attire budget!
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      I am the wearer of "dowdy duds" when I'm schooling at home. Although I have stepped up my attire so that I mostly wear breeches these days, I generally wear ratty old t-shirts with the sleeves cut off when it's hot out.
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        I think the article has merit. Just my opinion of course, but I try to take care of how I dress, especially when what I am doing is very important to me. That's just me of course. It's a body and spirit thing for me I guess. I make no judgment on those who disagree.

        He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


          I completely agree with the article.

          I have never in my life worn a spaghetti strap tank or shorts on a horse and I haven't gotten heat stroke yet.

          Meanwhile, a neatly fitting, $10 solid color polo shirt from Target is really not any warmer OR more expensive than a sloppy t-shirt with a logo or howling wolf on it. T-shirts without logos are not warmer than t-shirts with logos. Clothes that fit aren't warmer than clothes that don't.

          Every time I go to Target/Walmart/Kohl's and stand in front of piles and piles of $10 shirts, half of which are on sale for $3, I really wonder about why people think it is "too expensive" to dress neatly.

          And I have lived and ridden in TX and FL, which I believe get hot enough to count.
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            I come from one of the world's most miserable places for heat and humidity. People who lived in such places before the advent of electricity and Air Conditioning learned how to dress for the climate. People who had to work outside in the climate had ways of coping with the heat. For high heat and humidity, natural fabrics and looseness and very light weight woven fabric went along with long sleeves and long pants. Light colors were necessary.

            So--my prescription for riding comfort--and the elements are very difficult to find these days--would be a 100% cotton, linen or silk, WOVEN, long sleeved but very loose, big shirt in white light fabric; and buff white or tan, LOOSE FITTING breeches of WOVEN fabric that will stand off the body a bit. Knits are an abomination in the summer, and so are dark fabrics. No matter what the chemical companies say, polyester does not and will not work as well natural fabric in extreme heat. Nothing works better than white as a color.

            The people who manufacture riding clothing have made their products in exactly the wrong way for people to beat the heat.

            Same things work for working outdoors. I actually prefer painters overalls because they are loose, don't have a waist, and are white, woven natural fabric that's often light weight.

            I fail to see why the article cited was ever written or published. It offers nothing new or even helpful. Prescriptive language throughout, but without ever giving reasons why. Just because something isn't particularly attractive does not mean that it isn't practical.


              I buy men's polo shirts because they are a tad longer and I'm quite tall. I have no objection to T-shirts. I just try to take some care in turnout.

              He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


                If you wear polo shirts, pique/waffle weave are the best, because they do stand a tiny bit off the body when they get wet.

                Originally posted by paulaedwina View Post
                I buy men's polo shirts because they are a tad longer and I'm quite tall. I have no objection to T-shirts. I just try to take some care in turnout.



                  I thought this was a great article. I always wear breeches, and tall boots. But my tops are not always neat and clean. Whatever is comfortable suits me. Tanks, t-shirts, halter tops.
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                      I've lived in the UBER hot and humid places. I never did half chaps with shorts, only shorts and full chaps. Light colored. Hot? Yeah, for the duration of the ride, then I'd rip them off at the end and my legs would be cool immediately.

                      The khakis/Dockers are cotton, loose and breath SO much better than anything else, and they protect you from sun burn. I'll ride in them when it's hotter than hades out side and I have to ride in the full sun. I agree with Viney on loose tops. I've done the spaghetti straps with the built in shelf bra. Put a thin cotton top over it and then rip that off when you're done and back in the barn so you can cool off. Love it! Breeches and boots are NEVER comfortable on super hot days. Those who say they are probably have not ridden in sweltering temps--and especially not with super high humidity tagged on. When you can't ride in the early hours of the day, you do what you can!

                      BTW, Viney, I never knew you were a lumberjack. Nee!
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                        Love the colorful breeches


                          Originally posted by vineyridge View Post

                          buff white or tan, LOOSE FITTING breeches of WOVEN fabric that will stand off the body a bit. Knits are an abomination in the summer, and so are dark fabrics. No matter what the chemical companies say, polyester does not and will not work as well natural fabric in extreme heat. Nothing works better than white as a color.

                          The people who manufacture riding clothing have made their products in exactly the wrong way for people to beat the heat.
                          When the people who manufacturer riding clothes make a loose-fitting breech in a woven fabric that will fit my size 10/12/14/whatever ghetto-booty, I'll jump. Until then, I'll be dying in my Irideons...
                          "Go on, Bill this is no place for a pony."


                            Eh, I kind of agree with her, but kind of don't. Some of it is really basic safety stuff, like always riding in long pants. That stuff should always be followed, even at home.

                            The lowrider jean thing was a bit odd. I only wear low riders because the way my hip to waist ratio is or something, I have a hard time finding high waisted jeans that fit. I've never mooned someone in my jeans though, that's what belts are for. And honestly even without a belt, most low riders aren't really that low.

                            I don't have a problem with schooling in tank tops or sports bras, though. I ride in tanks most of the summer because that's what I prefer to wear otherwise, and I'd rather not have a total farmer's tan. If you're just schooling, I don't think it's a big deal.

                            That said, in lessons you should absolutely wear a fitted polo shirt and breeches. Also, in certain barns there is a dress code (official or not) and I do think that in most boarding situations you should be dressed a little more nicely than you might at home. The exception would be some extremely casual backyard type barns I've seen, where it didn't really matter.

                            But at home? I figure as long as it's safe, I don't care that much. Though I never like to see people ride in really baggy clothing as I feel it can be a safety hazard.

                            edit: agreed that breeches and tall boots are not comfortable in hot temps. I ride 5-8 horses a day in the desert where summer temps are always above 90 and often above 100, and my arena has no shade (nor do my trails until I get in the canyons). I wear the lightest tights I can find, and then riding sneakers (Ariat Terrains). I often even leave off the half chaps unless I'm going to be in a saddle that I know pinches my calves. On top, I wear whatever's comfortable unless I'm showing a horse or something. The last thing I want is heat stroke.
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                              I am definitely guilty of wearing sports bras in the summer, especially if I'll be jumping into or over water.

                              In my opinion the best top to wear while riding outside in hot weather is a white, loose-fitting button down shirt. The color reflects some of the sun, and the billowy lightweight fabric allows air currents to move between the shirt and my skin.

                              It's the same idea as folks in the Middle Eastern deserts who cover themselves in loose fabric... it actually keeps you cooler.

                              Really though, articles like that only reinforce the perception that dressage is snobby.


                                I agree with some things said in the article, but really, if you are at home, just be a total slob if you want to (within reason, of course- nothing that might be dangerous!). Obviously the writer of that article considers herself to be a bit of a fashionista, which of COURSE makes her inherently smarter than us, so therefore she has the right to judge what we wear to the barn in the summer. Obviously don't dress like you are selling something (if you know what I mean), but keep it cool, comfortable, and casual. Most of us are not riding at the Spanish Riding School.

                                Who is really going to wear their $150 Rey Bans for schooling? That is so darn impractical, especially if they go flying off your face mid-ride. However, I really did like the ridiculous colored breeches!
                                And this is the story of your red right ankle.


                                  Ooohhh I want some of those breeches!

                                  OK. I am guilty. I live in the SE and the heat and humidity are enough to make even kids nauseous in the saddle.

                                  I wear cast iron camisoles as I cannot stand bras.

                                  I wear corduroy breeches since the blends for summer are so incredibly hot and sticky I can't even peel them off when soaked through with sweat.

                                  I wear jeans all year long but never in the saddle. Nothing like a misplaced seam to give you a lovely blister. However, they keep things from biting and scratching me.

                                  Loose clothes? Nope. Bugs get under that loose fitting shirt and it is an expensive trip to the ER. Biting stinging insects are plentiful here and loosefitting clothes are more helpful to them than they are to me.

                                  I Don't have any sneakers at the moment so I don't wear them when riding but tall boots? Perhaps not. Leather fullseats make them unnecessary.

                                  Half chaps? Sometimes. Full chaps? Ugh!
                                  Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.
                                  ? Albert Einstein


                                    It's an interesting observation one poster made about how people ride in hot countries. I am from the Caribbean and we wore breeches and tall boots when we rode.

                                    He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).


                                      it's more fun to NOT look like a DQ sometimes
                                      so I am a DQ because I like to ride in breeches and tall boots?? I am just more comfortable and more effective in call me a DQ I guess.
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                                        Originally posted by Velvet View Post
                                        Breeches and boots are NEVER comfortable on super hot days. Those who say they are probably have not ridden in sweltering temps--and especially not with super high humidity tagged on.
                                        I ride in boots and breeches year-round even when it's hot and humid. I wouldn't say they're comfortable when it's hot, but what is? I just switch from full-seats to summer-weight breeches/riding tights. I've gotten so used to riding in the tall boots, just paddocks feel funny. And I won't be any cooler in paddocks and half chaps. After I'm done riding, I change from skin out, so it really doesn't make any difference.

                                        Inexpensive polos/T-shirts work fine as long as it's not too hot. But those things stay damp and don't let the sweat dry fast enough when it's extremely humid. Riding shirts that wick the sweat away-- Kerrits Ventilator is the only one I can think of right now -- really are a lot cooler. They're expensive, so I buy 'em on sale whenever I can.

                                        As for the article, what difference does it make what someone else wears? As long as your private parts are covered (as in no cracks, thank you very much) and you're not hanging around your fly-stomping horse in flip flops or sandals (I can't stand the sight of blood), I don't care.

                                        If you're young and fit enough to ride in a sports bra, go for it. If you're not, please don't. I'm in the too old/too fat category now, so I can say that.
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