Things are heating up in our neck of the woods, and chances are your location isn’t far behind. This leads up to the annual conundrum: How to stay cool at the barn? Helmets certainly don’t do riders any favors in this department. Things are even worse if you plan on showing: stock ties, show coats and long days out in the sun all contribute to toasty rides. Lucky for you, we’ve compiled some tips to help you stay comfortable when the mercury rises. Cool down with these technical tips for riding wear this summer.
Everyone knows black attracts heat, by why is that? Basically, certain colors absorb certain wavelengths of light. Albeit not a “color” in the technical sense, black is essentially a muddy combination of all the other colors. This means that is absorbs all light, making it hotter than other colors. White, on the other hand, reflects light.
So opt for lighter colors when possible. White is best, but even a pale blue is better than dark blue when you have the choice. The Goode Rider Super Seamless Shirt comes in an array of lighter colors, from white to aqua to a beautiful orchid long sleeve. It’s great for schooling, and the moisture-wicking fabric will keep you cool under a show coat, too.
Human bodies have built-in mechanisms for staying cool when it’s hot out. All you have to do is allow to to function correctly. Good fabric is key for allowing your body to sweat. This sounds easy, but it can be tough when you have to wear full-seat breeches. Goode Rider’s Seamless Designer Tights are made from a polyamide / spandex material that’s both breathable and moisture wicking. They have ventilated knees for better air flow, as well.
The fabric is also anti-bacterial for odor control. However, you still need to wash them often. Like skin, the pores of the fabric can get clogged by dirt, so it’s important to keep them clean so they function their best. That means rotating clothing or washing your riding clothes (as well as saddles pads and wraps, for your horse’s sake) after every ride, if you can.
If loose clothing is your friend, then structure is your best friend. Shirts with seaming keep fabric from clinging to your body, which is uncomfortable and causes more sweating. Another thing to note is that heavy embellishments weigh clothes down and trap the fabric against your body. Avoid lots of bling until the weather cools off. The Best Shirt is a great simple, structured option. It’s loose-fitting with seams on the sides to keep the fabric away from your torso, and does not have excessive embellishments. The Boyfriend Shirt is another great choice. It even comes in a summery gingham print!
Lastly, don’t forget sun protection. Long sleeves may sound like the last thing you want to wear on a hot day, but it will keep you safe. It will also prevent that awful scorched-skin sensation so you won’t feel hot the next day. The Long Sleeve Ideal Show Shirt is perfect for hot weather. It’s wicking and breathable, and it will protect your arms from the su’s harmful rays during long days outside. The zip front can be zipped up to protect the back of your neck from sunburn. If it’s really hot, you can even wet the collar of your shirt to keep yourself cool.