What you should wear when riding at Equine Boulevard
All our riders are required to wear helmets at all times when riding, even on trails. Hair must be neatly tucked up under the helmet in a hair net, even for lessons and warm-ups. If hair is long (either male or female) you should arrive with your hair pulled back in a low pony tail or braid. This encourages formation of good habits.
Boots are a safety precaution as well as a functional riding aid. A rider (even a weekend rider) should always wear a boot with a low heel. No sneakers, loafers, heels, or flip-flops allowed! If you were to fall from the horse you would not want your foot to slide through the stirrup and cause serious injury. In addition, if you cannot remove your foot you could get dragged or stepped on. Boots and paddock shoes are also used to hold spurs and to strengthen your leg aids.
We expect our students to be neatly attired in long pants, breeches, chaps or half chaps with boots or paddock shoes, a helmet and possibly gloves. They may wear clean non-ripped jeans, a sweater, oxford shirt that is buttoned, or a knit shirt if they wish.
Note: In cold months if you are wearing a jacket or sweatshirt, there should be no hood, and the jacket should zip/snap closed. Clothing should be secure and not flapping around as it is a safety issue to the horse and rider.
In warm months, camisole tops and tank tops are not permitted. The shirt must completely cover the shoulders and chest area of the rider. Again, this is a safety issue. Females should wear appropriate sports bras.