Recreational Riding: Is Special Attire Required?

There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to recreational riding apparel. Safety, comfort and functionality are the primary concerns. However, there are some clothing items that provide safety and should be considered when choosing your riding attire.

Boots?Designed with a heel to help keep the rider?s foot from slipping through the stirrup, boots are the traditional choice for riding footwear.

Jeans?When riding Western style, jeans are most often worn because they protect a rider?s legs from branches and thorns, as well as from chafing against the saddle. English-style riders usually wear breeches for their flexible fabric. Chaps are often worn by both types of rider as an extra layer of warmth or protection.

Headgear?Many people wear brimmed hats to protect their eyes from harsh sunlight and to help cool or warm their heads. Many riders choose to wear protective helmets, which can prevent or reduce the severity of head injuries. Check for protective helmet requirements in your state.

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