If you ride at a barn, you might notice that sometimes fashion wins over safety. People wear clothes that look good at the mall, aren’t the safest thing to wear when riding a horse or pony. At Young Rider, we want to make sure that our readers stay safe in the saddle, so we always try to show our models wearing proper riding gear.
Just in case you’re not sure what proper riding gear is, we’ve asked Andi Kelly and Megan Lynn to show off some fancy duds that don’t really belong at the barn!
Lots of jewelry is off limits at the barn. Earrings can catch on your helmet or other items. Stick with small studs—or no earrings at all.
Necklaces and bracelets can get snagged on things and break—and if they get caught on something, you could get hurt.
Belly shirts might look groovy when you’re hanging out with friends, but they aren’t really appropriate for the barn. If you fall off and land on something, you could scrape your exposed skin. Look professional at the barn, and wear clothes that fit properly.
Don’t worry about what other people are wearing at the barn. You need to wear clothes that will keep you safe in the saddle. Andi and Megan have transformed themselves into safe riders.
Well-fitting shirts won’t get caught on things.
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Both girls have safety helmets. Don’t ride without one!
Gloves always come in handy. They protect your hands and give you extra grip on the reins.
Jodhpurs and britches look professional and won’t rub your legs.
Half chaps protect your legs and give you a good grip on your horse or pony.
Boots with heels help to keep your feet secure in the stirrups. And they help to protect your toes if a horse steps on your foot.