Western Horse-Riding Clothing: Choose The Right Apparel For You
As you have likely learned, and quickly at that, horseback riding has its own unique set of equipment requirements. One of the top questions at the onset for parents involves equipment purchases and requirements. Unfortunately, the answer will vary based on a multitude of extenuating circumstances. Below, we outline some recommended purchases, when they should be made, and why and some helpful hints. Here some information about western horse-riding clothing.
Shirts, Jackets And Coats
For the upper body, it’s normal to wear a long sleeve shirt to protect the rider from the sun, especially in hotter climates. For cold weather conditions, a jacket or coat may be more suitable to wear than usual garments. With coats and jackets, it’s essential to keep them closed/buttoned up and that you can move freely so you can keep control. It’s advised to refrain from short-sleeved shirts or t-shirts as these don’t protect the arms from objects or brush.
Riding Jodhpurs, Breeches Or Jeans
Basically, western-style riding is associated with wearing jeans, and it’s important not to wear loose jeans as these can cause nasty chaffing. Western riding is generally associated with chaps, too, made of leather. These do well to protect against the elements but also any brush or branches you may encounter. English riding is often associated with jodhpurs, which are fitted trousers with a cuff near the ankle. This allows the wearer to wear shorter boots as opposed to knee-high riding boots.
Headwear For Protection And Safety
Typically western styles depicted in TV and film show horse riders wearing cowboy hats, and whilst this protects the rider’s head and neck from the sun, it becomes pretty ineffective in the event of an accident or a fall. New riders and experienced riders alike will generally wear a riding helmet and are fully certified to current buying standards. So, when is a helmet properly in place on your head? The helmet should be tight enough that once in place and fastened, your scalp moves with the helmet when you move the helmet back and forth. Wear the helmet so that it sits no more than one inch above your eyebrows, covering your forehead. If it slips forward over your eyes, it is too loose. Try on some brands until you find one that suits you best. It is vital to your health that you get this right!
Footwear And Horse-Riding Boots
Footwear is important and careful consideration needs to be taken regarding the sole of the shoe or boot. Flat shoes are not advised as in the event of some sort of accident, and then your heel could slip through the stirrup and get your leg caught. The solution is to go for a proper horse-riding boot or cowboy boot with a defined heel of around 1 inch; this would keep your feet in the correct position preventing your foot from becoming caught.
These are some essential clothing of western horse-riding. If you are curious about horse riding, make sure you have all the essential gear before riding!