The Clothes Horses is our new, regular feature with posts by fashion-conscious riders. Here, we discuss the decisions, merits, and enthusiasms behind riders’ wardrobe choices.
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The Clothes Horse this week comes to a sliding stop and jogs abruptly to the side with an Ode to the Redneck Rider.
The Redneck Rider is passionate about many things. Fashion and taste and allegiance to tradition just aren’t three of them.
- love their horses
- love their dogs
- love their fellow riders
- love a good time
When it comes to gear and apparel, Redneck Riders care most about
- Usefulness (Function over fashion, every time)
- Comfort is King
- Whatever might lend itself to a good time
On the surface, Redneck Riders might come off as offensive, but stop and visit. You’ll find hearts the size of melons and street smarts that serve them better than any clothing sense, etiquette course, or college degree.
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To quote Gretchen Wilson, professed Redneck herself:
You might think I’m trashy, a little too hardcore
But in my neck of the woods I’m just the girl next door.
Here’s some “fashion statements” of our most exemplary Redneck Riders:
— Ripped jeans
— Tank tops when it’s hot
— Shirts emblazoned with rhinestones, logos, and clichéd sayings
— Saddle bags full of beer for themselves and water for their dogs
— Halters under their bridles
— Knotted reins
— Ugly, tattered saddle blankets
— Saddle, formerly owned by daddy and before that, grandpappy
— Cupholder mounted from saddle horn
And, finally, a trail-worn slicker tied on with saddle strings – because it’s not about good weather, it’s about a good time!