For comfort and safety, all students must wear appropriate clothing in the barn and while riding. Pants are required to be long (for the comfort of the rider) and clothing should be fitted - nothing loose or baggy, which can be a hazard. A rider’s hair needs to be tied back with an elastic or a hairnet and tucked neatly under the helmet. You can’t ride if you can’t see!
Ideally, students will be outfitted in riding breeches with a belt, as well as half chaps or tall boots to protect their legs. Shirts should be tucked in or well-fitted so they do not interfere with the rider’s position. We also strongly recommend riding gloves; a lightweight, breathable pair in the summer and a heavier pair for the winter.
While not required, students are encouraged to purchase and wear an equestrian safety vest. An equestrian safety vest acts as a body protector in the event of a fall. Vests can be purchased in a variety of styles and price ranges. An adjustable vest with lacing or velcro straps will ensure a snug fit and accomodate for rider growth or type of clothing.
In cooler weather, riders should dress in layers that can be removed without going over their head - zip up sweaters, jackets, etc. Scarves, if worn while riding, must be tucked in to a sweater or jacket. Hot and foot warmers are also a great idea for winter riding!