The Driving Apron - Accessory That Protects
Driving Apron - Essential or Unnecessary Gear?
Part of a horse driver's equipment is a driving apron or skirt.
This is actually not required when driving for recreation, but it will be, if ambitions have grown into the direction of attending competitions.
It is an equipment to protect a driver's trousers or skirt and legs from becoming soiled.
It reaches from 3 - 4" above the waist to below the knees or half-way between knees and ankles or in full length to the ankle.
An apron prevents the ends of the reins from falling between the drivers legs and feet, which could cause tangling around them and is potentially dangerous.
The apron may be a simple, small, woolen blanket folded securely to the right size.
Where to Buy an Apron?
Companies that specialize in carriage driving equipment have got usually high quality aprons in their product range, too.
What Material is Best?
This depends on your personal preferences and requirements:
Modern fabrics which are waterproof, breathable, insulating and quite thin are very comfortable to wear and easy to clean.
Leather aprons should be made out of very soft and pliable leather.
There are reversible aprons available with a solid and a plaid side.