Rodeo Wear: The Do's and Don'ts

When it comes to rodeos, there are lots of amazing outfits and accessories available. However, there are a few big Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to rodeo wear. Here are our top tips to help guide your rodeo outfit selection.

The Necessary

Hats and Helmets

A helmet is mandatory for those participating in rough stock events. Without it, you will risk severe injury or death. Another necessary garment while at the rodeo is a hat. Most rodeos are held outdoors in hot weather. A hat can protect your head and face from the effects of the blistering sun. Some helmet companies even design helmets to resemble classic cowboy hats with added protection.

Shirts and Jackets

A shirt is necessary for your rodeo event. In some cases, and climates, you may also need a jacket. Choose a shirt and jacket that can stand up to the environment. You want to choose clothing that will protect your skin from rope burns, cuts, and abrasions.

Jeans and Chaps

Just like a shirt is an obvious choice, so is a durable pair of pants. Most participants in rodeo choose jeans because of their durability. Some riders will add chaps for added protection.

Boots and Spurs

Nothing makes you feel better at the rodeo than a great pair of boots. Wear broken-in boots that fit well. This will prevent blisters and slipping and protect your feet. Some riders will wear spurs to help in communication with their horse. Choose ones that are appropriate for your boots, your horse, and your event.

Rodeo Accessories


Gloves are an accessory that all riders should have. They will protect your hands from rope burns for many rodeo sports, including steer wrestling, team roping, and tie-down roping.

Choose gloves that are made from natural materials like leather. These will be comfortable and durable. You will want your gloves to fit well. If they are too loose, it may be dangerous when riding or handling a rope. However, gloves that are too tight will make your hands too stiff.

Belt Buckles

While belt buckles are not necessary, they are a classic accessory in rodeo. They are commonly used as prizes for rodeo events with intricate designs.

If you wear a belt buckle, find one that is comfortable while you sit in the saddle and will not cause issues as you ride.


Bandanas can help protect your face and neck from the sun and dirt while riding. You can choose a bandana that complements your outfit. Just ensure that you secure it appropriately for safety.

The Faux Pas

Avoiding Over-Accessorizing

There are so many accessories that a rodeo rider or attendee can wear that some people over-accessorize. Especially if you are riding, keep accessories to a minimum. Do not wear jewelry or any other dangling accessory that could catch while you compete.

Inappropriate Footwear

Heeled boots are a mandatory item when around horses. The heel protects you from injury while in the stirrups. Thick, durable boots can protect your feet as you move around the horses, stable, and arena. Do not wear sandals, open-toed shoes, or sneakers.

Flashy and Impractical Attire

You want to choose apparel that protects your body from the sun, dirt, horses, and other elements. Clothing that is too revealing will expose too much skin to injury. However, you should choose comfortable clothing that moves well with your body.