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The West & Ranch Vacation

Western Wear, Western Apparel - the right outfit on a ranch

The correct and best outfit has less to do with 'chic' than rather with 'practical'. 

In the American Southwest a Stetson hat and cowboy boots are pretty often seen - and mostly without accompanying horse.

Weather conditions like burning sun lets a hat appear as an ideal protection for head, neck and ears. And with rain the wide brim is helpful.

Wrangler is the brand that represents the original cowboy jeans: to be precise, the model is the Wrangler Cowboy Cut ®.
If you buy one, then wear it and wash it a couple of times before riding on a horse. The trousers should fit perfect and very comfortable at that time you arrive on the ranch.

the cowboy boot is also a necessary part of your equipment. Boots help protecting the lower legs against thorns and no 'little stones' fall in to your shoe. 
The underslung heel helps hooking you firmly around the bar of the stirrup and one does not slip through. 

Even if you are mainly riding and not walking much with your boots, they shouldn't be brand new to avoid blisters and other problems.
Those who won't ride much do not necessary boots, but shoes with heels are recommended anyway.

Depending on the season and month your stay on a ranch is scheduled you must wisely decide for the rest of your gear. In the summer months you can expect dryness and heat as well as rain showers. So don't forget to think about rain gear (slickers, rain coat etc.) in addition to t-shirts and shirts. Sunscreen protection should be obligatory, too. 
Winter means harsher conditions in the northern states, so you need appropriate warm clothes. If you go for a ranch vacation in one of the southern states, you might expect warmer and milder winter conditions.

Those who want to ride a lot will probably think about the obligatory gloves and chaps as well, regardless of the season.

But in case you have something forgotten, don't worry. Either the ranch has certain gear to sell or they know the nearby stores where you can buy it.

The best tip is: just contact the hosts of the ranch where you plan to stay and they will tell you exactly what is needed.



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