There are tons of riding tips floating around the internet, but no one is really covering the beauty and care topic for women and girls who happen to be equestrians.
Messy ponytail, chipped nail polish and the barn smell following you after every barn visit. Sounds familiar, right?
In this article, I would like to share with you several tips that I use myself as an equestrian girl! These tips will help you always look 100% even if you spend most of the time at the barn:
Wear a sports bra for your training!
Equestrian sports involve a lot of “jumpiness” and even if your breasts are not big, it’s better to make sure they don’t lose shape when you are older!
To find the perfect bra check out Choosing The Best Bra For Horseback Riding .
Wash your face after the ride!
There is a lot of dust in horse riding clubs. To avoid clogged pores and acne don’t forget to wash your face after every ride. Another option can be makeup remover wipes (like Neutrogena).
Don’t over train on your period!
A little movement is always good, but don’t push yourself too much if you don’t feel like it. It’s a good time to relax with your horse – for example, walk bareback.
For more tips on riding during your period check out Menstrual Cups For Equestrian Women.
Set your goals!
Determine by how much you would like to improve this month/week/year! How much training would it require? Set realistic goals and think positive!
Take the [FREE] 7 Day Horse Care Challenge to get started.
Eat healthy meals!
The best foods you can eat after the training is protein and veggies. Horse riding makes you burn a lot of calories, but don’t consume them all back by eating, for example, simple sugars and junk food (if you are trying to lose/maintain a healthy weight).
Have a healthy snack!
For example, a protein bar or some nuts. This will prevent you from overeating when you come back home hungry after the barn. If you are doing a lot of physical work at the barn a little snack will help you keep your blood sugar stable!
Warm up before riding!
You can use elastic bands and do some squats to start the blood flowing for a better performance. Don’t forget to do a little stretch after your training to avoid swollen muscles.
Check out Keeping Fit and Flexible for Horseback Riding for more exercise ideas.
Keep your nails short!
I am a big fan of long nails, however – it’s not very practical to ride with them as you always worry about breakage.
Another thing – gel nail polish is a lifesaver. It never peels off even if you groom your horse every day.
Braid your hair!
This seriously helps to avoid “barn smell” which is oftentimes hard to get rid of, especially from hair.
Use dry shampoo!
That thing has seriously changed my life. If you ride every day with a helmet, your hair gets oily pretty quickly! And it’s a struggle to wash it every day. Spraying the dry shampoo will refresh your hair, give extra volume and nice smell as a bonus.
I swear the hair looks fresh and clean as if I just washed them. My favorite brand is “Batiste”.
Get a refreshing spray!
For the summertime, I recommend using micellar water to refresh your face. Just spray a little on a hot day and it works like magic. You can buy a small bottle and keep it in your horse riding bag/drawer. It will last you for a while!
Have fun with colorful tack!
Bold and matchy tack will guarantee you a great mood for every training. For us equestrians, keeping the horse good-looking is as (if not more) important then looking good ourselves! Check out these cheeky glitter saddle pad sets.
You can find more colors of these saddle pad sets at Equestroom.