How To Recognise An Equestrian!

Written by Saturday, 11 April 2015 12:46

Unlike many athletes, competing in a specific sport, us equestrians come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life. To the un-trained eye it may not be easy to spot an equestrian.  However, if like me you've been riding for more years than you care to remember, then they are not hard to spot. There are several things most will share in both their style and demeanour:

Muddy Boots

They will have muddy boots. Clean boots just don't last. No matter how much care they take you'll almost always find a committed equestrian in a pair of muddy leather boots (probably Ariat or something similar).

Dishevelled Appearance

It’s impossible to stay clean as a horse owner and quite often they may look as though they have been pulled through a hedge backwards (probably have been!). You’ll spot straw in their hair, hay sticking to their clothes, and you may even catch a whiff of an earthy, ‘horsey’, odour as they traverse.

Messy Car

Their car will look like an extension of their tack room. Bits, bridles, you name it, they've got it in there! Mud will be splattered up the side of the car for good measure.

Wearing Breeches

They are guaranteed to be in jodhpurs, breeches or similar tight trousers. These are likely to be teamed up with deck shoes, odd socks and a Musto type jacket.

Minimal Jewellery

You'll notice that Jewellery is kept to a minimum - a ring, some small studded earrings, but that's about it. Any seasoned rider knows wearing jewellery is a big no-no.

Rough Hands

Rough hands, chipped painted nails all come with the territory!

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  • Comment Link Charlotte Mills Thursday, 17 December 2015 13:28 posted by Charlotte Mills

    This is brilliant, Turmeric is an absolute pain to remove and stains everything, awful when it gets on your hands and clothes. I am always muddy, my car is a mess, but i won't have it any other way, love my lad. I recall popping into the post office after mucking out once .. oh the looks i got oops!!

  • Comment Link Gemma Powell Tuesday, 15 December 2015 19:24 posted by Gemma Powell

    Lol so true the clean ones are not true equestrian's :-)

  • Comment Link Julie Moore Thursday, 02 July 2015 17:42 posted by Julie Moore

    Aghh Tumeric is a nightmare for staining. Just thought of another, crusty feed under my nails, and in the winter a bit of mud too-NICE!!

  • Comment Link sarah west Wednesday, 01 July 2015 19:49 posted by sarah west

    Lol.. I'm usually covered in some kind of supplement which has been deposited over my clothing by a messy equine. This month it's turmeric!

  • Comment Link Julie Moore Saturday, 20 June 2015 06:30 posted by Julie Moore

    Ha ha and sometimes you don't have to spot them, you smell them first!!