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Western riding is similar to the riding done in Spain and Mexico, and then spreading to the southern and Midwestern United States. Western riding apparel consists of clothing usually seen on cowboys. Hence, Western riding apparel will consists of long sleeve shirts sometimes in a plaid pattern, jeans, cowboy boots, a cowboy hat, along with leather chaps and spurs. Western riding apparel has been is often seen during a rodeo, where the rider will also carry a length of rope to lasso a calf. Unlike English riding apparel, in which the rider conforms to a standard dress code, Western riding apparel is more flamboyant and uniquely each rider's design.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|