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Why Wear a Sun Shirt? What's the hype?

Julie Frykman

Posted on February 08 2024

Take a stroll through the walking paths or barn aisles of a horse show facility and you will no doubt see a plethora of colors and patterns in about every major equestrian brand that makes a sunshirt. What's a sunshirt you ask? Well it can vary just a bit from brand to brand, but for the most part it is an equestrian's skins best friend.

Brands like Kerrits, Horze, Ariat, Kastel, Noel Asmar, and Spooks create these long sleeve, often UPF infused, performance tops for dressage riders, hunter jumpers, and even the western rider. Horseback riding sun blocking base layers can be crafted from different weights and weaves of performance fabric that have been designed to wick moisture and create a cooling effect. These tops  help you stay cool while riding,and many of these crew neck to quarter zips help block harmful UV rays while you sit a top your horse or long days doing chores around the barn. 

Besides having this UPF protection, brands have stepped up their style-game and have started to offer fun patterns and colors outside of the traditional navy or beige we've seen in the past. 

Not to be outdone, EQUESTRIANISTA Brand has an all new line of some of the most elegant sunshirt base layers available this Spring/Summer 2024. From the traditional fox hunter to the modern take on the snaffle bit - we have an option for every discerning equestrian fashionista shopping online for the perfect sun shirt base layer!

Which is your favorite?

xoxo Julie


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