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    06-13-2010, 12:20 AM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
Half chaps also protect your leg from getting pinched by the sturrip leathers. Ouch that is NO FUN!
Ha-ha! I guess I've been lucky so far - I didn't experience that yet.

Actually I didn't find too much of difference grip-wise if I ride in breeches or old soft pants. Well, I don't jump high (may be it really makes the difference then), but trot/canter/up to 2 feet jumps seems to feel the same to me.
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    06-13-2010, 12:31 AM
I don't understand why, but it must be a Hunter/Jumper thing - because the barn I am at is primarily this discipline, and the majority of the riders there, ride in jeans.

I find it tacky.

It's funny, I can go to an Eventing barn, or a Fox Hunting Barn, or a Dressage barn - and I will rarely, if at all - find someone riding in jeans.

Anyways, I ride in Tights. I cannot stand breeches personally - they are too restricting in my opinion. I love tights. I have tons of them and if a pair gets worn out, I just throw on another pair. I get mine when they are on sale and I find them on Ebay and and other sites...............AND my summer tights, believe it or not - are those cotton exercise stretch pants. I was lucky when they came back into fasion last year, I was able to scoop up TONS of them from Walmart for $3.00 - $5.00 each.
    06-13-2010, 12:47 AM
Half chaps and field boots are designed to aid your riding. They enable your legs to better stick to the sides of the horse
I have never believed that load of crap, lol . Half Chaps and Tall Boots are meant to prevent rubbing from the leathers, nothing more.

No offense, but come on, there is no riding gadget out there, that will make your make your legs stick better to the sides of your horse, whether it be Tall Boots, Half Chaps, Glue, Bubble Gum, Velcro...well ok, maybe velcro...but the only thing that will "aid" your legs to better stick to the sides of your horse, is hard work.

Hard work disciplining your muscles as to where they need to be, and what they need to be doing - through daily hard work while in the saddle and out of the saddle.

The crap companies come up with to make the riding public believe this crap - obviously makes them money because people are quick to fork out their $$ to buy these "quick remedies" for short cuts...which get them no where.

Although....I might have to give this velcro idea a shot.......*thinks*........
    06-13-2010, 01:52 AM
I find jeans to be the most uncomfortable thing for riding! I cannot move or anything >.< Breeches all the way! You can buy inexpensive breeches for 20$ online.
    06-13-2010, 02:06 AM
Trakkies Lol :)
    06-13-2010, 02:28 AM
I use both, depending on what i'm doing/what discipline i'm riding in that day.

When I campdraft, I wear jeans. Wearing jods to a draft would be like wearing jeans in a dressage test, lol. Or jods to a reining show.

If i'm at an ASH show, I wear moleskins (Similar to jeans but an off white colour) as it is the uniform.

If i'm at PC or an open hack show, it's jods.

At home, I grab whatever is on the clean pile on my floor - Lol!

I don't find seams chafe, or anything that has been mentioned when I ride in jeans - However, I only ride in proper, made for riding jeans with special flat seams and stretchy denim.
    06-13-2010, 02:46 AM
Trakkies and half chaps at home but jods at pc and shows!
    06-13-2010, 04:36 AM
I wear jods everywhere.
At home I have black ones that were quite cheap actually, only about 15.
Then for shows I have some beige ones.

And as for half chaps, I wear them at home not because they make your leg stick but because my jods ride up otherwise and people get to see my (usually stripey) socks. Plus they're comfy, maybe they support my calves a bit but I feel really weird riding without them!
    06-13-2010, 01:24 PM
Green Broke
When you really start jumping and stuff wear half chaps. I cannot tell you the bruises my poor legs have endured from sturrip leathers....

And MIE, it is a hunter thing. From what I've heard the "thing" with hunters is now to have full chaps and all that jazz. Only what I've heard is big on the AAA circuts.

And MIE is also right where a tall boot won't help you stick. I think it does help my grip in saddles because leather against leather or leather against sock? You know which one will be slidding more. But the only real way to get your leg to stick to the horse is training! That's why I don't use sticky spray on XC. I like to know my leg is holding me there, not an atrificial spray.
    06-13-2010, 01:58 PM
I ride in Jodhpurs which are kind of like Breechs but are made for Paddock boots. The Breeches don't come down long enough to cover my leg when I wear short boots (paddocks), so they are made for the tall boots. Jeans are uncomfortable in my opinion.

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