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    09-22-2013, 04:08 PM
Red face Riding in Jeans?

Ok, so this is a pretty stupid question, but I was wondering if it's ok for the saddle to ride in jeans? I use the same one for shows and schooling, and don't want to get it damaged... I've heard that it can be uncomfortable to ride in jeans, but I was only wondering of the impact it would have on my saddle. Thanks...
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    09-22-2013, 05:01 PM
I'm not an expert but in my experience I've had no problems riding in jeans in my english saddle. I've heard that the seams and such can scrape and scratch the soft leather but in hind sight the jeans I wear don't have any buttons and/or rough seams on them (particularly the behind area) and I've never had so much as a scratch on my english saddle. I would just say that it depends on the jeans and how they react to your saddle.
    09-22-2013, 05:11 PM
My Bates English saddle has never complained about my Wrangler jeans. Some saddles are made with 'covered' leather, which I gather has a softer leather covering the thicker leather...could be a factor with those saddles. Don't own one so I can't say.
    09-22-2013, 10:57 PM
It depends on how much you ride. The inside seams of the jeans will rub and wear on the seat of the saddle. If you are only riding lightly twice a week I wouldn't stress about it. If you are riding two horses a day, seven days a week, I wouldn't. You can always wear chaps over your jeans if you don't like breeches.
    09-28-2013, 05:45 PM
I always ride in jeans. My instructor never calls me out on it.
    09-28-2013, 05:59 PM
I would think riding in jeans is uncomfortable? But I dunno, I've never done it before.
    09-28-2013, 06:13 PM
I've never had a problem riding in jeans other than the fact that I tend to rip the seam between my legs after repeated wearings. I would just make sure that you aren't wearing jeans with buttons on the pockets, decorative jewels on the pockets, etc. I know plenty of people that school in jeans, and have never had a problem.
    09-28-2013, 06:24 PM
Green Broke
Depending on the saddle the inseam of jeans can do a fair number on the seams of the saddle seat. I have a collegiate close contact with a tear in the seat (maybe from jean riding, who knows), and I'll only ride in that one with breeches in it to prevent further wear. That said, I rode in an older lazer dressage saddle for a long time in lessons that had a tear in it. No further wear was made. I'm pretty sure that if you have a calfskin saddle it's considered a no-no to ride in anything but breeches. I ride in my synthetic dressage saddle wearing jeans regularly, and know people who ride in their English saddles almost exclusively in jeans with zero issues. Guess it just depends on the saddle and how you ride.

Like people said though, be careful if you have a leather saddle and decorative accents on your jeans. I have a pair with half of a zipper on the back pockets (strange decoration that I'm not fond of, but I otherwise love the jeans), and I wear them in my synthetic saddle. I wouldn't ride in them in a leather saddle for fear of the zippers scratching the leather.
    09-29-2013, 03:00 PM
Well I tried it, the saddle was fine with it, but I forgot my 1/2 chaps so it was mildly uncomfortable...
    09-30-2013, 09:36 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by ponyluver420    
Well I tried it, the saddle was fine with it, but I forgot my 1/2 chaps so it was mildly uncomfortable...
Just watch out to make sure that it doesn't start showing too much wear around the seams! Glad it worked out for you though!

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