|Guess which type of person I am?|
|Last year I totally just tried to get away with wearing whatever I wanted at the barn. This picture makes me cringe at everything, so enjoy!|
|How I dress at the barn now|
For the most part I don't mind dressing more professionally at the barn. I love clothes and so it's fun to me to dress up. BUT, and it's a big but, it frustrates me endlessly that this is yet another aspect of our sport that makes it out of reach for many people. Being around horses is expensive already, so when breeches cost around $100 on average (it's hard to find any under $50) and equestrian-designed shirts cost about the same, it makes it so that a lot of people can't even afford a basic riding outfit, yet alone multiple outfits or a spendy showing outfit. It probably seems ironic to be complaining about financial equity issues in a sport so obviously geared towards society's upper elite, but it is frustrating and sad in my opinion that the cost of our sport shuts so many people out of it. I have am highly educated and have a stable career job, but can barely afford my sport and know many others in the same position as me.
|Dressing up for a jump ride|
|Last year this was my formal riding outfit. It's not terrible, but now I'd tuck in the shirt. Also I hate half chaps with a burning passion now.|