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  • a case of mistaken identity... again

    Please tell me I'm not the only one who gets asked all the time when wearing breeches to non-horse venues (gas station, grocery store, etc.) if I am a dancer?

    I never have boots on outside the barn, just ugly mudruckers, so that clue is missing in my case, and I do usually wear black breeches, but really - who's ever seen a ballerina in a sweaty ball cap, muddy shoes, and usually a dirt/slobber splattered shirt?

  • #2
    Haha, this has never happened to me, but usually if im wearing breeches, ive got my field boots on too! Generally, Im in FILTHY jeans/t shirt, and either my paddock boots or grungy tennis shoes. I get a ton of stares when I go to class dressed like this(which is everyday!) Im sure my "barn smell" doesnt help any either! lol
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    • #3
      I get asked if I'm a jockey, usually by old men at the grocery store. But I'm also 4'10". (:
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      • #4
        Softball player... I'm guessing its the socks?
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        • #5
          I got asked once if I was a police woman!


          • #6
            I'm too fat to be mistaken for a ballerina in any get up. In breeches and boots I often get mistaken for an almost 40 year old slightly fat in the britches gal with dirty finger nails. Which is not a mistake.


            • #7
              I had someone ask me where I got my "cool boots" at the gas station. They weren't even tall boots, but my paddock boots with half chaps. wearing with my jeans. I laughed and when I explained what they were they said "I'd still wear them to the club" My mom and I had a good laugh.
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              • #8
                I've been asked several times if I'm a jockey...

                Right....I'm 5'10".


                • #9
                  I had someone ask me if I rode a Vespa


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by BigEq View Post
                    I had someone ask me if I rode a Vespa
                    slightly off topic - I think Vespa could be a good show name for a pony.


                    • #11
                      I've actually had a shocking number of people know that I was headed to/from the barn, in odd places (Detroit proper, for instance).
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                      • #12
                        That's funny. I've gotten some odd stares at grocery stores before, but everyone I've talked to out and around knew I was going to or came from the barn.


                        • #13
                          Nope, they know that I ride. The guy at the on-campus store tends to hit on me when I wear my breeches. He suggested I buy some Corn Pops to feed my horse.


                          • #14
                            I normally hit the grocery store on the way home from the barn on Sundays - breeches and tall boots. Most of the employees know where I have been and ask about my horse. I love the total strangers that look me up and down and then ask, "Do you ride?" Uh, no, I am a dominatrix - can I make you an appointment????????
                            And nothing bad happened!


                            • #15
                              My field boots get a lot of envious stares in winter when riding style boots are "in". Fashion brands can never make anything that looks as good as a real custom field boot.


                              • #16
                                Our Barn goes out to dinner after shows if its not to late at night, we frequently go to some nicer places even though we are all gruby and grody. Of course the riders never change clother. So our waitress thought our outfits were just the most amazing style she had ever seen. This is the conversation we had with her.
                                Waitress: WOW I love our outfits! Where did you get those pants and boots? They are SOO unique!! Are you guys like a dance group or something??

                                US: Thanks we like them too. We got them from the tack store, but you can also order them online or from a magazine. And no we dont dance. We ride.

                                W: Cool, Are they expensive, They look expensive, they must be some rare brand that many people don't know of because I've never seen this outfit before, its just so cool i can't get over it. Is this website hard to find? Whats it called? I bet you had to import from another country? So you ride motorcycles?

                                Us: Ya, they can be pretty expensive depending on the brand you get. No this is not rare stuff. One of the good websites is Dover. No its not imported from some other country. No we ride horses and like jump things, like jumps taht are in an arena...

                                W: Ohhh. Thats soo neat!!. I'll have to look into that, I would love to wear this to school or the clubs, I bet I would look great in it.

                                Us: we think you would too... I would like a water and she wants a coke....please.


                                • #17
                                  I was at a horse show and we had gone into town to shop a little bit. We were in a shoe store and I was wearing my worn down, scuffed up, etc paddock boots. A lady came over to me and said she really liked my boots and asked me how I made them look so authentic
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                                  • #18
                                    I've never been mistaken for a dancer... the cellulite gives me away. Note to self: Must buy darker breeches.... maybe plaid.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by lesyl View Post
                                      slightly off topic - I think Vespa could be a good show name for a pony.

                                      There is already a very successful adult hunter/big eq horse in Canada who shows under Vespa. The family who owns him is associated with the company.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by ohrebecca View Post
                                        I've actually had a shocking number of people know that I was headed to/from the barn, in odd places (Detroit proper, for instance).
                                        Since I live in MI I find that very odd! Especially the Detroit area! Where do you keep your horses?

                                        On another note I have been asked numerous things. The best though when I was younger my older brother picked me up and we had to stop at the pet shop on the way home. While he was getting crickets (lizard!) Some guy HE went to school with came up and started asking questions (totally hitting on my 15 yr old self it was great) My brother came up said " yeah she rides you have a problem with it" Grabbed me and almost RAN out of the store! On the way home he told me he was never taking me any where in riding pants again!