The first topic in question is actually a spin off of L’s final hop. I want to know about what you ride in and why? Show us your Equestrian Fashion choices and tell us why you wear them!
As an English rider, I rode nearly always in tall boots and breeches. That’s just how things were! (TBT post exemplifies that nicely.)
As an endurance rider.. well.
|Is that not the best saddle pad?|
I rode in jeans for a while. Jeans, Ariat half-chaps, Ariat paddock boots, and your standard t-shirt and Troxel helmet. Remember, folks: I’m in California. We don’t get much real weather around here.
I was still getting back into horses, my breeches hadn’t made it to my apartment, and jeans seemed comfortable enough. Then I gained some weight, wore holes in jeans, decided they weren’t flexible enough…
|Breeches, light jacket, half-chaps.|
I started wearing breeches again. I had them, it meant I didn’t have to buy too many more pairs of jeans, they were pretty comfortable. I was riding 6-7 days a week through mid-2012.
I added a lightweight jacket because it was a bit chilly out and we weren’t going fast. This was.. um.. March 2013. You wish your March looked like this.
I switched to Ariat Terrain boots. They were more comfortable than paddock boots, and I needed new boots anyway, so… why not? I loved those boots. They run big – full size big on me, half-size big on most folks.
|Red breeches and white winter boots.|
I periodically ride in winter boots, too. They’re warm. My feet get cold in the winter, but the bigger problem is that my feet get wet in the winter, so I try for waterproof winter boots.
I have two pairs of red breeches, full-seat, that I really hate how they fit but can’t bring myself to get rid of them since they do, in fact, work as riding breeches.
Sometime last year I got tired of beige breeches, plus they started wearing out. I bought a few pairs of TuffRiders off a used tack Facebook group, and I am so very pleased with them even as I’m still not a fan of full seats. They manage to fit me surprisingly well and hold up nicely so far.
|Horze winter boots – not visible against breeches!|
This past March, I got decked out in Serious Rain Gear. Well, actually, I did two days of serious rain gear around the ACTHA ride, and got absolutely soaked the first day and dry (no rain!) the second. I have Horze winter boots that are a size too big, but fit my calf and allow for wool socks, so sometimes they get pulled out in the winter.
So, in a more current what-do-I-wear and why, here we go:
1. Troxel helmet with helmet cover. It fits, it’s comfortable, and it’s adjustable in the back so I can opt to braid my hair, or not.
2. T-shirt, mostly. I wore a lightweight long-sleeve cotton shirt to Fireworks and that actually worked really well for me (less sunburn, lightweight enough I wasn’t overheating). I have Irideon technical t-shirts of some sort, and another pretty pink technical shirt, and I wear those on the really hot days. Mostly I just don’t ride when it’s really hot.
3. Occasional jacket, mostly lightweight. Once we’re trotting I warm up pretty quickly. I worry more about getting wet in the winter than getting cold, and I need to buy some waterproofing spray for my jackets!
4. TuffRider breeches. They’re comfortable and they fit. Knee patch preferred since I don’t like the full seat. I wear these pretty much year round.. but again, no real weather to speak of.
5. Boots or running/hiking shoes – currently, Ariat Tiogas are my boot of choice, but I have no particular ties to a brand as long as they’re comfortable. I wear out the inside of the right shoe at the back of the heel within 9-12 months, regardless of brand, so inexpensive is a major plus.
6. Half-chaps. I am so far very pleased with the Ariat Terrain II half-chaps. I was actually really happy with my All-Around half-chaps too, and I think I’ve mentioned previously that I’m keeping those forever and ever and ever since they’re not wearing out and still fit.
7. Knee socks from Target. Yes, I wear knee socks under my breeches and half-chaps over. For years I hated the feeling of the seams on my legs, and knee socks fixed that; now I’m just used to having lots of layers there. It works for me.
8. Heritage gloves. I wear the hell out of these in about a year, and for $20-something that’s good enough for me. I wear them year-round unless it’s raining – and even then, sometimes – because my hands don’t get cold while riding. My feet get cold sometimes, but not my hands.
I still pull out my 10+ year old Ariat tall boots from time to time, mostly when doing Proper English Riding. They’re still awesome. They’re just not trail-awesome, or hiking-awesome, and that’s most of what I need these days.
My riding wardrobe is based around stuff that keeps me comfortable for hours on end. I want to be able to trot for hours, jog down hills, and clean stalls in the same outfit. All you folks that talk about heat and humidity and cold gear.. I don’t really have any of that. We get wet in the winter/spring, if we’re lucky, and this past winter it got cold for a few weeks: I think it stayed below 65 for multiple days at a time. I actually pulled out a pair of silk leggings for the first time ever and wore those under my breeches. It gets hot in the late summer/early fall; I pull out technical riding shirts and wear those, or I wait til the evenings to ride. Either way, once in the forest, it’s not usually that bad. I have to be actively trying to get heat training in our routine.
Also? Based around pink. Color coordination is important, after all.