Depending on what discipline you choose, it is important that you dress appropriately when riding. Tis doesn’t mean that if you choose to ride western that you need to wear chaps and a cowboy hat, but it does mean that you should wear the appropriate boots and close-ftting jeans and shirt. Te same is true for riding English. You don’t always need to be in breaches, but you should at least wear jeans and boots that won’t hinder you while riding. Te main reason or dressing appropriately is for safety. Flowing shirts that are either too big or not tucked in can become caught on tree branches, saddle horns, arena rails or fences. Te last thing you want is to be sitting on a horse and also caught on a fence. It won't be a comfortable position.
Boots aren’t just to make you look good. Boots are critical for foot protection. Tey protect your toes in case the horse accidentally steps on you. Tey also ensure that your feet stay properly positioned in the stirrups. Never ride in shoes with no heel. (A critical horseback riding rule)