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Ponytail down for schooling- faux pas?

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  • Ponytail down for schooling- faux pas?

    I tend to be oblivious to fashion. I put my hair up like a normal citizen when I show, but is it a faux pas to leave it down for schooling at home?

    I'm finally at a barn with other people who ride when I do, and I figure I might want to check up on this :P

  • #2
    Depends on what the barn requirements/ instructor requirements are. At my old (lesson) barn, everyone was basically required to wear their hair up w/ a net like in a show. It's not required at the barn I'm at now, but I do it anyway out of habit. Most trainers don't care, so I guess it's a personal preference... I like having mine out of the way.
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    • #3
      Personally, I don't think it's a faux pas if the hair is neatly kept in a pony tail or braid - loose or unkempt hair... no.

      When my hair was really long I always flipped it up into my helmet or had it in a high braid or double bun for sans-helmet schools. Now that it's super short, it's a non-issue, but I do feel like it's always more professional to have as little hair (and skin for that matter) showing as possible. Amongst other reasons, it just makes for a neater, cleaner overall picture.


      • #4
        I like to wear my hair up for schooling because I have long, layered hair that gets messy, but if the hair is relatively short (not flopping a foot down your back), that's fine.


        • #5
          Depends on the barn. Some barns don't care one way or another, some just want it to be neat (neat pony, low bun, braid, etc), and some (usually the serious competition barns) require hair up at all times. Last summer I got a new helmet that only fits if my hair's up, so I just got used to it. I kind of like it, it's a lot neater and also cooler to have it up off the back of my neck. Although it was amusing when I pulled out a hairnet for a trail ride in my friend's backyard lol.
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          • #6
            I've never ridden at a barn that cared, but I always pull my hair up under my helmet anyway. I think it looks a lot nicer, keeps my hair from getting tangled up (I have long hair) and keeps my neck cool!
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            • #7
              I'm hunter hair-- any time, any place. I can do it by braille. I can do it with hair making the "walk of shame" home. I'm hunter hair with a green Troxel with a melted side, for God's sake.
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              • #8
                It's not "required" to tuck your hair up under your helmet, but the trainer will make fun of girls with long ponytails hanging down their backs. So you either learn to develop a thick skin or you tuck your hair up.

                I usuallu have my hair at a knot (twisted up in a ponytail holder) at the base of my neck, so it's not "hunter hair" but it is not hanging down my back.
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                • #9
                  When I used to ride at a fancy A show barn, it was a "no no" to have hair out of your helmet. At my current barn, which still shows A's but is more low key, people will have their hair neatly pulled back. From my old barn though, I've gotten into the habit of putting my hair up every time I ride(it takes me two seconds extra than leaving my hair out, and keeps all the wispy hairs out of my face).


                  • #10
                    I keep several hair nets in my tack room and put it up. My helmet fits better.. Ha Ha.....

                    Also, this new barn, observe what the other riders are doing... and what the trainers are doing.. that may be of some help....
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                    • #11
                      I don't get on a horse without my hunter hair done. Ever. (And I've been in lessons where people were dismissed for not having theirs done).

                      That said, I think I'm probably the only person at my barn who does their hair. (And am the only one not cursing my hair at the horse shows in the morning....hmm....coincidence?


                      • #12
                        Everyone is way TOO anal about the whole hunter hair thing! Hair should ALWAYS be neat and out of your face, but to wonder if it is ok to ride with a pony tail???? I also am amazed at the length some girls will go to make hunter hair when they don't ahve enough to do hunter hair-using panty hose to make the look? You all just don't have enough to do!
                        I agree that in the hunter ring, if you have long hair, it does need to be done in hunter hair. If it isn't long enough for that, it needs to be short enough not to be seen flapping or a hairnet to corral it. if you are home riding or schooling, the hair needs to be out of your face but your helmet needs to fit so if you fitted the helmet with your hair up, it is not going to fit while the hair is down.
                        (this is all, of course, my own humble opinion!)


                        • #13
                          I don't require my students to put their hair up, as long as it is tied back and out of their face at home that is acceptable. Not saying it doesn't make me feel good when a student comes to their lesson or hack, after taking the steps to make themselves as neat and tidy as possible, (hair up, boots clean, nicely fitted shirt, and a clean pony) without being asked. Shows me that they are serious about being there. Now for myself, in order to set a good example (and because having it down drives me bonkers) I put my hair up every ride.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Pirateer View Post
                            (And I've been in lessons where people were dismissed for not having theirs done).
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                            • #15
                              I've not been at barns that required hair to be up. However, I started doing hunter hair at home for practice so I wouldn't be that person spending ten minutes trying to get my hair organized under my helmet right before I need to show. I found that it actually keeps me cooler during the summer since my hair isn't coating my neck. The trainer at my current barn is totally laid back about lesson attire, always safety first. But for the girls who want to show she's asked them to "get serious" with breeches, tall boots, and hunter hair for their lessons. They look great and it shows that they've made an effort. Some go all out and make sure the turnout of both themselves and their horse is spotless, a few are kind of half-hearted. Even though it's a "looks" or "beauty" thing you can see that those who seriously make the effort to look good are also putting in more serious effort to ride well.

                              So short answer: hunter hair depends on two things... 1) what do you want to do with your hair and 2) what does your barn prefer
                              "Beware the hobby that eats."
                              Benjamin Franklin


                              • #16
                                I'm at a pretty nice A show barn where there isn't a spoken dress code or hair code... most people I see do tuck their hair up in the helmet or wear it in a tight bun at the nape of the neck, but I've never heard anything about it either way from the trainers. I like to put mine in the helmet; keeps my neck nice and cool, and it's very neat. Most people tend to wear breeches/boots/polos/belts for lessons and slightly more relaxed attire for schooling. (T-shirts, etc)


                                • #17
                                  I think it depends on your personal preference and generally what you see at your particular barn. My barn isn't a hunter barn but several of us always wear our hair up or in a bun at the nape. Other people wear their hair in a pony tail or braid. For me it's a matter of neatness and comfort. When I had my horse at home I put my hair up to trail ride in my own backyard, to me it's more comfortable than a pony tail flopping on my neck and back. It is also cooler for me in the warmer weather. I keep a hairnet tied to my helmet so I always have one and because I wear it up so consistently it takes a matter of seconds.


                                  • #18
                                    Whether I ride at a barn with other people or not, mine goes up, in a hairnet. Every. Single. Time.

                                    The only beauty I want to see flowing out behind me is my horse's tail.

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                                    • #19
                                      When I'm schooling in my show helmet, hair has to go up or else it will be too big. You can bet your bottom, though, that it isn't the "traditional" hunter hair. I can't stand anything over my ears (especially in the summer heat...I will tough it out and use it for warmth in cold weather), but my hair is up and tucked in neatly with a hair net.

                                      If my hair was short enough that I couldn't pull it back to tuck it up and my helmet still fit, I wouldn't go through the extra hassle.
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                                      • #20
                                        It's not a faux pas, just a personal choice. Personally I think hunter hair looks very neat and tidy, so I do it every time, every ride. Plus it makes show days a breeze when it comes to doing your hair.
                                        Originally posted by barka.lounger
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