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    Default Styles for horse riding

    I will start riding next week and I need ideas on protective styles that work with a helmet. Last time I was riding was ten years ago and then my hair was only shoulder length and hair styles where obviously not a problem.

    The only style I can think of right now is an English braid but I donít like the idea of it hanging down my back rubbing the whole time. Iím also going to wear a safety vest (donít know if thatís whatís it called in English but itís like this) with Velcro that I donít want my hair stuck in.

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    Default Re: Styles for horse riding

    Hmmm i dont know if it would work with a horse helmet as i havent been riding in quite a while but what i do with hats is gather my hair into a pony, smooth the length, then twist as if you a cinnabun but DONT spiral just let it twist itself into a little log. I usually clip it with a flexi and push the short ends into my hat but you could easily tie it off with a band and seeing the length of you hair double up the log if it gets in the way. If i twist it tight it doesnt swing much so i wouldnt think it would get caught in your vest but who knows . Hope that helps some . Have a great time riding im jelous!

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    Default Re: Styles for horse riding

    Depending on the helmet you could do a low riding nape bun of some sort. Or make a sort of hair glove over a braid like motorcyclists wear.

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    Default Re: Styles for horse riding

    The best style that worked for me is ponytail and putting some elastics around my tail again down the length. The best riding style for me is a French braid, but you can't wear that with a cap.

    What you also can do is to make an English braid and fold it. Then you have a shorter stump hanging down.
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    Default Re: Styles for horse riding

    Folded braid.
    This is what I use when I show.

    Do a low english braid, secure with tie. Then, fold it under until it's at shoulder length and use a scrunchie to secure. NEVER bun hair or make it so thick at the nape because it will make the helmet tip forward, affecting the fit and purpose/safety.

    I also ride in a body protector, but mine doesn't have the velcro, it has ties. Velcro is a pain! I think you can cover it using tape or something natural though to prevent hair grabbing.

    You could also do 2 english braids, but if you are riding in a lesson, that will smack you in the face when you jump or do sitting trot/canter in dressage. If you are just going on a trail ride, that may work.

    I use a vented helmet this time of year and it's large enough to fit my hair up into, but make sure you don't compramise the fit of the helmet.

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    Default Re: Styles for horse riding

    I also started riding again recently after a long gap. I tried a braid the first day, and it caused too much damage (and that was with a silk shirt and no safety vest). I made myself a silk satin bag that ties to my helmet:



    This has been working really well for me. I just make a nape braid and drop it into the bag.


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    Default Re: Styles for horse riding

    Would a hair net of some kind help? I've always just done a single English plait while riding, but my hair isn't long enough to be irritating when plaited back.

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    Default Re: Styles for horse riding

    I second the hair net. That's what I've always used for shows and such. They also make "bun nets" which clip to the hair below your helmet and hold your hair at your nape. I haven't used one as they are usually used in dressage/western pleasure riding and I show hunters, so I'm not sure if they pull or not. Braided pigtails are also an option.
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    The girls I've seen with long hair who don't just leave it seem to opt for a hairnet with the hair 'bagged' into it rather than 'bunned' if you know what I mean.
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    Default Re: Styles for horse riding

    The show bows--the barrettes with a net don't always work with really long, thick hair. The weight of the length pulls the barrette out. I know this from personal experience

    A hair net will work, but for really long hair, I'd braid it and then net it, and use 2 nets.
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