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Fitting In With the Country Set

March 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 160

Think of the English countryside and views of rolling hills, fox hunts, pubs with thatched roofs and 4WD vehicles come to mind. Fox hunting may have been banned but the country way of life remains very distinct to that of urban living. It is not for any small reason that many who live in Britain's towns and cities dream of an 'escape to the country'.

There is quite a mystique around what is known as 'the country set'. Just say the words and most Brits do actually have an idea of what it means. If you have aspirations of joining the merry band you not only need to live in the country, have a suitable property where you might keep chickens and a goat or have a couple of horses in a paddock, you also need to look the part.

One essential part of the wardrobe is your sporting gear. Countryside pursuits are wide and varied. Hunting, fishing and shooting are traditional country sports as is horse riding. If you are going to participate, you need to look the part. Equestrian clothing is not just about being kitted out in the right gear to fit in with the horsey crowd but it is also about being safe.

Starting at the top, every horse rider must have a hat. In the same way a cycle helmet protects bike riders in the event of accident, a riding hat is hard cased to offer protection for horse riders. Where once an essential piece of equestrian clothing for the country was a jacket in 'hunting pink', what you wear on the torso is free in terms of style and design.

A favourite among many is the wax jacket. Not only does this offer good protection but it doesn't look out of place when teamed with willies for tramping about the fields. For a lighter option the quilted gilet (sleeveless jacket) is a good choice.

More consideration has to be given to the choice of trousers. It is important that leg coverings are hard wearing. Horse riding can be quite punishing on the inner thighs and knees so trousers made of strong material are essential. Of course, to really look the part, jodhpurs are the archetypical piece of equestrian clothing - after all that is exactly what they were designed for - but many people favour denim jeans.

Lastly, it is footwear. You need to ensure the feet are not only well protected but that your footwear is suitable for fitting in stirrups. Naturally, riding boots are ideal. Made of strong leather, shiny and black, they are the perfect finish to your equestrian outfit.

Once you look the part, you and your trusty steed can take to the highways, byways and fields of the gorgeous British countryside.

Jade Jennison is an enthusiastic writer in many subject matters and aims to provide information to people who share the same interests as her own. The websites recommended by Jade have been thoroughly researched and come highly acclaimed from direct experience. View an exquisite collection of equestrian clothing online at Snack and Tack.

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