The summer heat is officially here, and it seems to be here to stay. With the summer heat, comes the summer wardrobes making their comeback. As equestrians, we all know that finding the right summer riding outfits can be difficult. Making sure that you are safely dressed for the saddle and staying cool can be quite the challenge. Equestrian fashion is on the rise especially with companies like Noble Outfitters , Ariat and Horze always improving their fabric technology. To aid in the search of this summer’s cool riding outfits, check out these five tops that will keep you cool in the saddle.
1. The Karleigh Short Sleeve V-Neck from Noble Outfitters
This short sleeve shirt is the best of both worlds. It can easily go from cleaning stalls to riding in the saddle. It comes in sizes XS to 2XL and a variety of stylish colors will keep you looking classy no matter what you’re doing. The v-neck adds some style to the shirt and makes it a very versatile shirt. You can wear this to town to pick up feed or to the barn. It can be easily paired with jeans or breeches, depending on if you are riding Western or English. The mesh back will make it easy to stay cool, while protecting you from the sun’s rays. Noble Outfitters also carries this material in a tank top style as well.
2. Miley Polo from Noble Outfitters
It’s always important to have a nice polo in the back of your closet. This polo from Noble Outfitters is made of a mesh type fabric similar to the Karleigh Short Sleeve V-Neck. The Opti-Dry technology fabric that is used to make these shirts is similar to a dry fit material that will wick away sweat for those extra hot days. If you are visiting another farm or schooling horses for another trainer, this shirt will help you look professional and keep you cool.
3. Lowell ¼ Zip Baselayer from Ariat
If you prefer to ride in long sleeves, this quarter zip is the perfect fit for you. It has moisture wicking technology to make sure the sweat is absorbed away. This shirt is great for warming up horses in the brisk summer mornings. It will also turn heads at the horse shows with the bright, fun, patterns that Ariat has created for this shirt. Another reason why this shirt is so great is because you can use it in all seasons. Use it as a base layer in the winter, throw a vest over it in the fall, and wear it by itself in the spring and summer. No matter what you are getting ready for, this quarter zip can be right there for you.
4. Kerrits Kid’s Ice Fil Short Sleeve Shirt from Schneiders Tack
For the little tykes around the barn this shirt will protect their skin and keep them cool. The fit has flattering seams and the quarter zip adds extra airflow. The fabric technology protects the skin from harmful UV rays and is infused with UPF +30. The fabric uses the moisture and turns it into cooling energy. This shirt is a great find, especially when it’s on sale.
5. Tek Polo for Men from Ariat
For the gentleman in the saddle, this polo uses moisture wicking technology similar to women’s shirt that are great for riding. It comes in a variety of colors to make sure that you stand out in the saddle at every event. Polos keep you looking professional and this polo will keep you cool under the sun.
The most important thing to remember this summer when you’re riding is to stay hydrated and wear sun screen. No matter how protective your shirt is, keeping sun screen handy in your tack box can protect you from turning into a cooked lobster this summer. Looking for shirts that have moisture wicking technology infused is a great way to keep your sweat away. No matter what discipline you do, staying cool in the sun will make your time with your Arabian Horse more enjoyable. Happy trails!