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Does your barn have a dress code?

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  • Does your barn have a dress code?

    I may be moving within the next year and half, and so I've been looking for barns that might not be a ridiculous drive (which in CA can be a nightmare during traffic time). I've only ever been at really laid back, non-show barns, but I'm thinking I might be wanting to show a bit more in the future. I saw that a show barn (which I think is geared more for the beginning rider) seems to request that the rider be neatly turned out (i.e, shirt tucked in, belt, etc.). None of the other A-barn seems to mention this expectation.

    Is this a common rule (unspoken or spoken) at show barns? Does your show barn have a dress code?

  • #2
    This probably isn't the same thing, but my horse is boarded at a competitive polo barn and you are laughed at if you show up wearing breeches or tall boots.

    But in response to your question, I think a neat turn out is pretty common at a show barn.
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    • #3
      My barn personally doesn't have a dress code and granted there are people that come out in jeans and a t-shirt but I personally ride in a polo or fitted shirt, breeches, clean tall boots, hairnet and helmet every day. If I had my own barn I would imply a dress code. Attention to detail, It sets up for success I truly believe.
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      • #4
        There is no dress code at our barn, though other trainer's at the same facility do.
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        • #5
          A little different, but my college barn had a dress code (which applied only when you were in lessons)

          Hair up
          Collared shirt (no sleeveless either)
          Khakis or breeches
          Tall boots or half chaps

          You could wear full chaps between winter break and spring break, since they're warmer.


          • #6
            I wish mine did.


            • #7
              Yes, but unspoken

              -Tucked in shirt (may be a T-shirt in the super hot winter months)
              -Breeches or jeans with half chaps
              -Tall boots or chaps (nicely polished)
              -Hair up in a hairnet
              -No bra straps hanging out
              Basically everything must be clean, neat, and presentable.

              Horses also have a dress code
              -No crazy colors (we have people coming to look at horses or at the barn and we dont want to freak them out with some traffic cone orange polos)
              -Baby pad (tasteful ones) or just a basic saddle pad
              -Of course, shiny, fat, and healthy!!

              Basically everything must be clean, neat, and presentable. Its respect for you, your trainer, your peers, and most importantly, your horse


              • #8
                We do not have a dress code at our farm, there are only 5 kids who ride there right now. My girls wear jods/breeches , half or full chaps ( full chaps today in the 38 degree windy weather) long sleeve fitted sweatshits, boots ( paddock or tall ) and their hair is ALWAYS in a hair net! I can't stand teaching kids who are messing with their hair!!! so for me hair nets are a MUST !
                My kids wear their helmets from the time they are tacking up until their ponies are back in the field, and we never do to the barn without paddock or muck boots. Just my own pet peeves LOL!!!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
                  I wish mine did.
                  Seriously. I know that not everyone can afford to wear nice clothes every day, but don't look like you rolled out of bed either.


                  • #10
                    Nope, and I wouldn't board at a place that did. What would they do if I turned up in my work clothes one day? (Depending on what I'm doing, that can range from a shirt, skirt and heels to steel toe capped boots, jeans and a company rugby shirt.)

                    I think as long as you're tidy and mostly clean, who cares?
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                    • #11
                      No. Most people ride in either breeches or jeans and half chaps. Neat shirts, but not nec tucked in. My advise is to ask some people at any barn what the standard attire is b/c my experience is that there generally is a range of acceptable/normal attire even if it's not official.
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                      • #12
                        No thank goodness. But then again I'm at an all adult barn and no one there is wearing anything offensive.
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                        • #13
                          We have the unspoken dress code. There is a group of us that exercise all the barn horses every day and we wear
                          ~Breeches (mostly)/Jeans
                          ~Boots and Half Chap
                          ~Tucked in shirt, usually collared
                          ~Sweater/fitted jackets for when its cold
                          ~Hair up in hairnet
                          Lessons we wear the same things, but usually a nicer shirt, and our beige or toned-down colored breeches. Not my favorite purple ones
                          Some things my trainer cant stand
                          ~Hair down in a long ponytail
                          ~No Gloves
                          ~HOODED SWEATSHIRTS (we are only allowed to wear them if no ones having lessons and you didnt bring another jacket to ride in and you cant mooch a fitted jacket off a friend)
                          ~Big poofy winter jackets


                          • #14
                            Officially, hair should be up neatly with a hairnet or in a neat ponytail, shirt (no spaghetti straps) tucked in with a belt, helmet and heeled boots. That's for a busy lesson/show barn. Unofficial dress code for the more serious students is breeches or jeans with clean/polished half chaps or boots, polos or other neat and tidy shirt tucked in, hair up under helmet, gloves, no wild 'n' crazy colours for saddle pads or polos.

                            Us adults slip in sometimes with polka dots and hot pink saddle pads, but we're adults, so we get to push the limits. d;
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                            • #15
                              No official dress code, but neat and tidy and appropriate is a must. Trainer will tell you it's time to invest in a belt or a new pair of breeches if it's inappropriate (i don't know why people wear low rise breeches when they constantly have to reach back and pull up their pants because their bum is showing!!!). But generally speaking, there's no nazi restrictions.

                              Lesson kids don't have to have a hairnet (though it is suggested), but if you are riding more than 2x a week, or if you're getting a horse, hairnets are a must. Some little girls are getting their first horses. Trainer gave them a present: hairnets, a hunter hair lesson, and a mini grooming kit.

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                              • #16
                                No, other than a helmet and appropriate footwear. I pay to board there, no one needs to tell me what I have to wear to go play with my mud ball horse. I mean he is a HORSE...he rolls in his own crap, I don't think I need to be required to be in tan breeches, a polo and expensive tall boots everyday to ride him. Often times I do just roll out of bed and go see him, but I do wear breeches, a tshirt, half chaps and boots.

                                If someone was a problem and showing too much skin, I'm sure something would be said, but we don't have that problem at our barn. I would never board somewhere that had a dress code, but I also like to groom my own horse which a lot of big barns have hired help to do.


                                • #17
                                  At my old barn (an A-circuit show barn) we had a dress code for lessons: britches, belt, polo shirt tucked in, hair up in a hair net, and everything cleaned and polished. Hacking was more lax and we (at the time group of high school girls) would either hack in britches and boots/half chaps, or jeans and half chaps. Whatever we rode in had to have sleeves--no tank tops.

                                  At my current barns-plural because at school and at home, both are still A-circuit barns) there is not a 'dress code' but I tend to stick to the shirt tucked in with a belt, boots, and britches when lessoning. Also, I think a little piece of me would die if I didn't tuck my hair up in a hairnet properly when I ride, regardless of where or when. It just feels funny to me now!

                                  ETA: Crazy colors of anything are frowned upon, more so at my old barn. When hacking on Sunday's and the trainer wasn't teaching I would use my mint chip green saddle pad or crazy polo's on occasion
                                  Last edited by HARROLDhasmyheart; Dec. 1, 2009, 10:47 PM. Reason: ETA: No crazy colors


                                  • #18
                                    at a big show barn in my area, dress code is implicit but I definitely felt the pressure to up my dress when I was there. Much more conservative colors, fitted shirt and everyone did hunter hair, except for the little little kids. And I think I was the only rider over the age of 13 to have a Troxel LOL!


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Riley0522 View Post
                                      No, other than a helmet and appropriate footwear. I pay to board there, no one needs to tell me what I have to wear to go play with my mud ball horse. I mean he is a HORSE...he rolls in his own crap, I don't think I need to be required to be in tan breeches, a polo and expensive tall boots everyday to ride him. Often times I do just roll out of bed and go see him, but I do wear breeches, a tshirt, half chaps and boots.
                                      Exactly. No dress code as long as it's safe.

                                      We pay a lot to work with our horses, not play fashion show or worry about offending others' precious sensibilities with a <shock! horror!> colored saddle pad.


                                      • #20
                                        No dress code thankfully. I have a gray who thinks it's the greatest thing ever to roll and roll and roll in the mud. I wear the oldest thing I can find when I know he's going to be a mudball I love my crazy colors too. My guys wear everything from bright green to pink to yellow
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