Dress Code

What to wear for your lesson!

At Ashley Mason Equestrian, we hold our clients to a higher level.

They are asked to not only act professionally in lessons but are expected to dress in the same manner. Neat and tidy is the key. We believe in the saying: look professional- be professional. Any rider NOT following the dress code will be asked not to ride and lose their lesson.


All Hair must be neatly tied back and away from the rider’s face. If they have bangs they must be pinned away from the face. We like riders to be able to see where they are going. We recommend a low pony set at the base of the student’s neck. When riders are at the level that they are ready to canter they are required to wear a hairnet with their hair up in their helmet.


We provide helmets for all students who do not have their own. Riders in Riding Group Three and above are required to own their own helmet. We do require that it is ASTM certified. According to IRH, helmets are good for 5 years after they leave, the temperature-controlled environment of, a retail store. Each and every helmet should have a sticker on the inside that has a production year. This is a great date to go by as we would rather be safe than sorry when it comes to our student’s heads. At no point should any rider be allowed to ride in a bicycle helmet, skateboarding helmet, or any other type of non- equestrian helmet. If you need a suggestion please do not hesitate to ask your trainer.


We ask that all clients wear a polo shirt during their lessons. The shirt must be tucked in and a belt needs to be worn. This allows the instructor to see the rider’s Equitation and helps the student to be free moving. Clients should never wear long, flowing clothing as it can become entangled or spook the horse. Under no circumstance should a rider be allowed to ride in a tank top, AME is a modest barn and we wish to remain that way.


During the winter months, it does get cold and riders are going to need to bundle up. When picking your outerwear for the barn please remember that it is hard for your trainer to see your equitation under large and bulky clothing. Puffy jackets and thick layers will not be allowed in lessons if a rider comes to the ring they will not be allowed to ride in such thick clothing. Thin vests and long sleeve wicking shirts are recommended for winter riding. Also, please remember that riders can get very warm when riding and will want to remove a few layers, be sure that any outer layers that are worn can be removed over a helmet. Having to dismount and remove a layer will take valuable time out of a lesson.


With-in 30 days of starting lessons we require that all riders have breeches or jodhpurs, khaki or tan is preferred. Riders should NEVER be allowed to ride in shorts or capris. If they are serious about their riding we ask that they are serious about their riding attire.


With-in 30 days of signing up for regular lessons students are required to purchase either paddock boots or tall boots. Riders are NEVER allowed to ride in Tennis Shoes, Rubber Mud Boots or Ugg Boots. These are highly dangerous and allow the riders foot to become stuck in the stirrups. Half chaps are required for all riders Riding Group Three and above.


Spurs can be worn by any riders that are at the trotting level and above. Spurs need to approved by the rider’s trainer before they can be worn in a lesson. The most common type of spur that is recommended is a Prince of Wales spur, which has less than a ¼” nub. At no point are riders to ride with nylon spur straps, they must be leather. Leather gives a more professional look and will break away in case of an accident.


large or dangling jewelry should not be worn during the lesson. Any jewelry that dangles or hangs can easily become stuck in tack or your horse’s mane. If a rider is going to wear earrings they must be the post type. Riders arriving to their lesson with dangle or hoop earrings will be asked to remove them before they can ride. Any necklaces or bracelets must be tucked into the rider’s clothing so it does not become tangled. Safety is key!