I have never really given much thought to what pants I wear for riding. I used to ride Western and usually wore jeans. When I started taking English lessons I just kept wearing jeans; nobody ever said anything about it.
Now, after saving up for a long time, I have bought my very own dressage saddle (which I am very happy to have!) It is a quality saddle and I want it to last forever so I need to take good care of it. The master saddler whom I am very fortunate to have helping me recommends that I ride in pants without seams on the inside of the leg. A seam would rub and wear out the leather. He says that I don't need to buy breeches because leggings with half chaps would work very well for summer riding.
Now I am wondering, what kinds of pants do I need to wear to avoid damaging my saddle? I guess that leggings could work for this summer, but what about fall/winter/spring? I would just buy a pair of breeches but honestly I think they would look too grand in combination with a dressage saddle on my homely little trail horse.
So, what do you think I should do? What kinds of pants do you wear for riding? I don't have any English riding friends to ask so any input is appreciated! Thanks in advance :)