Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Equestrian at Hart Blog Hop - Equestrian Wardrobe


The fabulous Hillary @EquestrianAtHart has taken up the blog hop mantle and she is running with it. Kicking the fun &games off with an awesome first blog hop where we get to show off our equine wardrobes - wherein I have no problem admitting that I love my "horsey" wardrobe way more than any other clothes I own...probably because I either spend my time in these outfits, work clothes or pjs. And we all know horses are the best way to put people in a good mood, closely followed by sleep & then there are the work clothes...which sometimes get supplemented with horsey polos to make me feel like a super rebel - lol!
I shall try to keep this post word light - I know, super change for me!

Equikozy socks, Quagga Wear polo & Horze jodhs

Typically during the warm months I ride in polo shirts, jodhpurs and my fav Equikozy socks. I have already swooned for a whole post about the virtues of the Equikozy socks - LINK, in fact I cannot wait to order more - the prices really are so inviting, they are super comfy & come in fab colour combos!



Blue Quagga Polo, teal Horsewear Polo,
Horze jodhs & blue puzzle Equikozy socks
My polos have so far all been purchased from trade stands at the RDS Horse Show in Dublin, Ireland because I like to bargain hunt and barter with the retailers in the hopes of getting some $$$ off my purchases.
My two Quagga & Horsewear Polos were both bought at the RDS in 2010 and my two Puffa Polos were purchased in 2011 - all have worn extremely well. Although thanks to Hillary & Amanda @900fbpony I now covet a much more expensive Kastel Sun Shirt as the weather had been lovely and warm here all summer. It has now taken a turn for the wetter & i haven't seen my girls since Saturday - yep I am a terrible horse-momma, especially as I am scheduled to have my first lesson tomorrow. Fingers crossed i can dry one of them off for that!

Equikozy socks, Puffa polo & Lidl jodhs

I love the Horze jodhpurs, and actually have two extra pairs that are not pictured...I3m not sure why i couldn't put my hands to them when i was snap happy last night. Which leads me to a question i have been dying to ask, but feared looking ignorant when commenting on other peoples blogs...my own - i don't mind so much ;-)
What is the difference between breeches and jodhpurs?
I think i have a pair of Horze breeches which have side pockets (like normal pants) and button fasteners for those pockets vs the "traditional" jodhs I have which have one zip pocket on the front. In my mind breeches are looser fitting than jodhpurs - but this may be completely in my imagination...
A German chain of supermarkets which is prevalent in Europe, Lidl, sometimes have equestrian themed offers for one week only where i nabbed two pairs of "thermal" jodhpurs (pictured above and below) but which i actually use predominantly during the summer months as i find them to be thinner material than my Horze ones...ironic?
I think so...

Equikozy socks, Lidl jodhs & Puffa polo
My head is protected by a recently purchased Charles Owen leather look Ayr8 and my feet & calves are also encased in leather in the form of Mackey Paddock boots and Tredstep Ireland ProG2 gaiters.

"Glamour" shot self-portrait without my ugly mug :D
 However, I am hoping to splurge on either the Tredstep Donatello field boots or the DaVinci field boots when i get back to Ireland next weekend and can actually go to a stockist to try them on. My gaiters are sized 13/17inches and I am not sure how the "off-the-rack" tall boot sizes compare for people like me who have chicken legs...So i want to try them on before i spend that much money. I am super excited to have my first pair of proper tall boots!
Old photo, but shows a couple of things i forgot to photograph last night...my paddock boots & gaiters,
plus my old broken GPA helmet, my BR gloves and my grey Horsewear polo & my bordeaux Horze breeches.
You can just about make out my gloves in the above photo, sorry I don't have a better shot. They are made by BR. I have two pairs - one leather brown pair that are insulated & I use in winter for outdoor work but only ride in for hacking in the woods as they are pretty thick. My second pair are just about pictured above and are made of black stretchy material with mesh over the knuckles for breathability - they are marketed as "summer" gloves but i use them all year around as they are skin tight and keep my circulation flowing perfectly :)

I think that covers my Equestrian Wardbrobe - I do have a draft post somewhere which I was going to do about my Winter Wardrobe but then the weather improved so i haven't yet compiled the photo-data/spam to accompany that delight just yet...The way it has been raining here this week - that post could be making an unwelcome return!!!

Massive THANK YOU to Hillary for inspiring a great blog hop!
*snaps* girl!

20 comments:

  1. Love those Quagga shirts! Also, jodhs at a SUPERMARKET??! I want to move now.

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    1. I too love the Quagga ones as their logo is so small & unique! I am not a fan of things like HV Polo which are imo OTT with branding on their clothes...I mean we geddit already!

      The supermarket option is an offer I've only come across in UK or Ireland supermarkets - weirdly they don't seem to extend the offer to here...or maybe i just miss it!

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  2. Love those bordeaux colored breeches!

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    1. Thanks, they were a Christmas present from my mam in 2011 or 2012 i think...gosh i wish my memory worked!

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  3. I so want a supermarket with horse clothes...what! Totally seeing my basket with pasta, veggies, fruit, and breeches:)

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    1. And socks & water proofs and reversible reflective gillets - loved that thing last winter. The socks were super warm too - although they shrank a bit height'wise in the wash..#sadtimes!

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    1. Thanks, I want to be sure I'm found if i ever get dumped in the woods ;)

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  5. I will never recover from my sock jealousy. Your socks are so rad!

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    1. You can order online, if they don't ship to the States - i do, so i can give you my address and then post your parcel on when it gets to me :D
      LOVE MY SOCKS!!!!

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  6. Ooh, I love how coordinated your outfits are!

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  7. Yep, I'm a suckered for matching #sorrynotsorry

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    1. Thanks for the great blog hop idea

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  9. I think jodhpurs are traditionally meant to be worn with paddock boots and breeches with tall boots, but I could be totally wrong, too ;)

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    1. That's interesting, I think I'll look into it a bit more closely and see if I can find out what the differences are.
      Thanks for the comment ☺

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  10. Very snazzy outfits. I wore jodhpurs when I rode saddleseat, but switched to breeches when I started eventing. With jods you wear paddock boots only - no half-chaps or tall boots, as the bottom of the pant flares out a little bit and there are buttons for an elastic to go outside and under your paddock boots. Jods generally have knee patches, not full seat.

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    1. Cool thanks for that info, now I know all my current riding pants are officially breeches ☺

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