What to Wear When You’re Going Horseback Riding

When guests select their horseback riding photos at the ranch, they often make the worst mistake of choosing an outfit that either doesn’t provide protection or doesn’t provide comfort. These tips are intended to help you choose the appropriate outfits for horseback riding without sacrificing safety, comfort, or style.

1. Shirts and Tops

Safety

Check the shirt’s seams to make sure they are stitched up and there are no tears in the fabric. Check the hem of the shirt to see if it’s loose and can get caught in the saddle.

Comfort

Is the shirt soft and durable? How does it feel when you put it on? Does it hug your body, or does it hang off you?

Style

Is the shirt loose, or does it hug your figure? Does it have a loose collar? Can you button up all the buttons? If so, you’ll likely be very uncomfortable in the heat. Whites and light colors are best because they reflect the sun, whereas darker colors get very hot. 

2. Shorts and Pants

Safety

What material are the shorts made of? Look for a stretchy and durable material like Lycra. Is there a pocket in the back? Look for shorts that have a pocket in the back, so you can keep your phone or wallet in a safe place but still have easy access to it.

Comfort

Is the shorts easy or hard to move in? How do they feel when you put them on? Are they very tight but feel great as you move around? Either go with a looser fit or a tighter fit, not both.

Style

Can you wear them with a variety of outfits and with different shoes? Do they go down to the knee? Do they have pockets, buttons, and belt loops? Look for a belt that can be put through the belt loops.

3. Outerwear

Safety

Does the jacket cover your entire torso, or does it reveal your back? You’ll want something that’s long enough, so your full back is covered, even when you’re bending over.

Comfort

Does the jacket have pockets in the front and rear? Again, you’ll want to add pockets to the front and back of your coat to keep your belongings safe but accessible.

Style

Does the jacket match the rest of your clothes? What kind of material is the jacket made out of? Look for something soft, breathable, and comfortable. Do the sleeves have elastic at the wrist? This is important because it will keep them from sliding up your arm and falling off.

4. Shoes

Safety

What kind of shoe is the best for riding? Wellington boots are the best, but most riders don’t want to wear clunky, heavy boots. Shoes should be sturdy and well-constructed to avoid falling apart while riding.

Comfort

Does the shoe fit your foot well? Does the shoe offer flexibility and movement? Are the boots easy to move in?

Style

Are the shoes waterproof? If you’re planning to ride in the rain, you’ll want waterproof shoes.

5. Gloves

Safety

What kind of glove will you need for riding? You’ll need a pair of leather gloves that are padded and have extra grip on them.

Comfort

How easy is it to slip the gloves on and off? How easy is it to move your fingers in the gloves?

Style

How do the gloves match the rest of your outfit? Will you be able to wear them with all of the outfits you have planned?

Conclusion

While many people enjoy horseback riding for the thrill, it’s more of a sport than a hobby. There are many things to consider when choosing clothing for horseback riding. If you follow the tips from this article, you should choose outfits that fit your style while still protecting you and allowing you to enjoy your ride.

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