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27th September 2009, 02:36 PM
I do. But I was watching show jumping on TV and many riders don't
Do you wear gloves and why?
27th September 2009, 02:58 PM
Nope! Only if its v v v cold and even then i dont like it so take them off!
I always used to but dont like it anymore. People always say 'but arent your hands cut to ribbons!?!' but my hands are like rhino skin :lol: even when riding xen, who can get v. strong when jumping/hacking, my hands were always fine!
27th September 2009, 03:09 PM
I never used to but have started to recently, but i have to cut the fingers out of most of them, the only pair that dont are my show gloves which are those roecki ones, they are a little pricey to risk losing on the yard so i have just amgic gloves and cut the fingers off at home
27th September 2009, 03:14 PM
Only when it's freezing. I don't have the contact in gloves that I do without.
27th September 2009, 03:38 PM
I used to when I was working at the hunting yard because I was riding 3/4/5 horses a day and without them my hands got quite sore, also some of the hunters could be pigs and I didn't want to get the reins yanked through my hands.
Now the only time I ever wear them is to lunge/long rein because the lines can really hurt your hands. I prefer riding without them as I find I get less 'feel' from the reins with them on.
Poppy and Harmony
27th September 2009, 04:43 PM
When I was at the riding school I had a lovely pair of feux suede ones which I wore, mainly because the horse I rode most often snatched his reins after jumps and gloves helped with the keeping them/stop it being painfull :lol:
I don't wear them anymore unless it's Really cold, because I simply don't need to :)
Puss in boots
27th September 2009, 04:44 PM
Only if it is very cold do i wear them, just never got in the habit, my hands are tough and i am mostly happy without them :D
27th September 2009, 04:52 PM
I wear gloves when hacking as Tali can get a bit strong. I wear them for dressage competitions as it is compulsary.
I dont wear them for schooling at home unless it is cold as I prefer riding without.
27th September 2009, 05:35 PM
I always used to but haven't since I got Bailey. I think the reason is that when I part-loaned I wasn't too concerned about checking over the horses legs etc with bare hands so I would groom, muck out and ride in gloves. Now that I've got my own horse I'm a lot more aware of checking him over so I don't wear them to groom and seem to forget to put them on for riding! I will when it gets colder though.
27th September 2009, 08:35 PM
In the winter I wear 2 pairs of gloves, summer I will normally go without.
I have a fantastic pair of Roeckl Chester gloves for shows and lessons but can't find them at the moment, they're like a 2nd skin :(
27th September 2009, 08:52 PM
If riding, lunging etc always! Seen too many ripped hands not to!
Even walking Freya out on the roads I wear them.
Workwise, not in the summer etc but always in the winter.
I've got gloves for all seasons, from thick thermal ones to very thin net-backed ones for riding in summer.
27th September 2009, 09:01 PM
i wear them most of the year.I love my mountain horse ones. Leather one side then a sort of crochet on the other. I also have some neoprene ones for when it turns colder but I think a need a new pair as they are rather holey
My Crazy Clan
27th September 2009, 10:48 PM
NOPE! I like to feel the reins between my fingers, anything else puts me off.
28th September 2009, 09:36 PM
I always wear gloves for riding/lunging/long reining - but I will only buy expensive Roeckl or Ariat thin ones that don't affect 'feel'
I keep some cheapy magic gloves for poo picking or any other jobs like loading difficult pones!
28th September 2009, 11:07 PM
I used to in the winter but I don't anymore..
30th September 2009, 12:43 PM
I do for hacking (If I can find them!) but not for schooling, as I find my fingers are more sensitive without them.
30th September 2009, 01:32 PM
I used to almost never wear gloves. Domino's main problem when we got him was bad headtossing and yanking his head between his knees, so I started then because my hands started getting bad blisters. Stopped for a while and didn't have them when I started riding Toby - after all of my first few rides I would get off and my hands would be bleeding profusely where I held the reins. Bad enough that it would bleed through bandaids and go on for over 6 hours after my ride.
I now ride him using gloves. ;)
30th September 2009, 05:19 PM
Only if it's very cold - or if I'm at a show and I have too :p
30th September 2009, 08:05 PM
Yep. Although i now have some really annoying ones. I am saving for some ariat ones, i lost my last ones! :mad:
p.s I find it really helps my general grip and it stops too much muck getting rubbed into my hands. Bye,bye blisters!
30th September 2009, 10:15 PM
i NEVER used to, but I have developed reynauds (sp?) so have to otherwise its extremely painful (the blood stops flowing to my fingers from the pressure of the reins, or if my hands get cold the blood vessels constrict and the blood stops flowing and my hands go numb. when the blood flows back it burns and hurts, gloves stop this for some reason)
Took me AGES to find gloves I like, and Ive got the 'glove of hope' (the breast cancer ones)
However I will replace these with Macwet gloves- dont think anything beats them!! They are amazing gloves, just expensive, esp when I already have an expensive pair!!
beks the artist
4th October 2009, 11:28 PM
I tend to wear gloves most of the time as I feel I have more grip with the reins, especially when jumping. However I do like hacking without them as, I know this is going to sound silly, I feel closer to the horse when I can feel them and pat them without having gloves on! xx
4th October 2009, 11:42 PM
I 100% always do for a lesson as I have had horrible blisters when forgetting to a couple of times. I forgot to wear them when I went hacking today and Mags was tossing his head a bit and I could feel the skin getting ready to break. I don't normally wear them for schooling on my own. I like the feel of not having them, but for the sake of my fingers I wear them! Our YO told me that it is cheap reins that give you blisters, but I don't know if that's true, as I don't know about the RS ones, but Mags's are Stubben ones!
5th October 2009, 10:28 AM
I always wear them as have learnt that you never know when you might need them but they change with the seasons.
17th October 2009, 03:56 PM
I always wear gloves riding Syd because he leans like hell and the one time I made the mistake of not wearing gloves riding him he killed my hands.
I ride gloves wearing new/unfamiliar horses but when riding the school horses I knew (often even when they had thrown some unsuspecting child off) I wouldn't bother, but after 2 years of college and gloves being a must-have-or-don't-ride it is habit and I don't ride/lunge/longrein without them
17th October 2009, 04:27 PM
I do as I get really dry skin on my hands so they get cracked and sore really easily. In the summer sometimes I don't wear them tho
17th October 2009, 08:17 PM
I wear them most of the time, deff when lunging and working with babies. My favourite are my very fine leather show gloves but for everyday i have the Rokel ones.
18th October 2009, 08:42 PM
I used to wear thin cotton gloves when dealing with 'problem' horses as i found that several sharp tugs of a horse rearing up often did give the inbetween's of my fingers a few sores. Usually when im riding, no
19th October 2009, 01:58 PM
I always wear gloves for riding - hate not wearing them, but only thin ones. I wear gloves most of the time i'm at the farm in the winter just for doing all the stable chores - i always seem to have cold hands!
19th October 2009, 02:10 PM
No i dont, my hands get really hot really easily and i cant handle the heat! ha ha!
I wear them for competitions because i think it looks smart.
22nd October 2009, 10:52 AM
I do. I fell off years back going XC and caught my hand on top of the fence, horse then dragged and fell on me. Most sore thing was my hand, a nail or stone had gone into my knuckle and embedded its self, got an inch long scar over my left first finger knuckle. If I'd been wearing gloves it would have been a lot less bad.
I wear the cheapy "Good Hands" gloves. Really good for no more than £3!
29th October 2009, 10:22 PM
I love the ariat tech (sp?) ones. Not a great fan of ariat, but love these! They are fairly thick but feel soo good. There are ones which are thinner for summer which is really good too. I no longer have them though.:(
It also depends on the rein type too. I take my gloves with me when i ride, but somtimes take them off for a bit.;)
30th October 2009, 11:41 AM
I war gloves all year around, light cotton ones with pimpled palms in the summer and a thicker version that I got in Lidl in winter. IIRC we 'had' to wear gloves at the RS I first went to and it was a habit that stuck
6th November 2009, 04:34 PM
I just bought some goalkeepers gloves, that are grippy. (one size fits all) from Spar-they cost a quid! I bought two pairs because I am always losing them!lol
7th November 2009, 08:43 PM
I don't really like riding with gloves on even in the cold. The riding gloves I have seem to make my fingers go numb.
8th November 2009, 03:58 PM
I don't like riding in gloves for schooling - because I find I can't feel the horse as well - so I can't be as subtle with my aids. Up until this year I did wear gloves, but I've got to a point in my riding where feel is taking a massive part in what I do so without that on my hands I feel naked lol.
For hacking and yard stuff I will though.
8th November 2009, 07:16 PM
I hate wearing gloves. It has to be really cold before I resort to wearing them - even my really fine leather ones. They just seem to get in the way.
Bracken's got a very soft mouth anyway and doesn't pull or jerk the reins.
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