It not only protects you from the sun but most importantly it protects your arms from the branches that your horse will inevitably brush by.
Wrangler jeans fit over the top of cowboy boots, preventing anything from getting in your boots and keeps your socks dry and clean.
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Wearing a cowboy hat during your horseback rides protects you from the sun and also protects your head when ducking under tree branches.
Perhaps the most essential item on a dude ranch packing list is cowboy boots! They really are very comfortable and the raised heel makes riding a horse much easier.
You will want to pack breathable socks that fit higher on your calf under your cowboy boots and some mid-length socks for your hiking shoes.