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    03-28-2011, 11:35 PM
English Tack questions....

So. I am going to convince my hubby to let me get this saddle. Thankfully, our tax refund can handle the hit.

Although I do not care how I LOOK while riding, I wanna know...

Does it matter if I'm riding her in an English saddle what type of bridle/bit she is wearing if it's just for the two of us? I don't think so, but wanna make sure.

Will wearing blue jeans harm the saddle? I'm not sure how I feel about pushing my fat fanny into a tight pair of breeches. Then again, it might help me plead my case with the hubby if I tell him I have to buy a pair of breeches that are tight on my butt. He might run out and buy 'em! LOL

Boots - as mentioned in a previous post about how silly I will look, I want to err on the safety side too. Is it ok to wear a boot without a heel or is it a big fat no-no? I was actually surprised that my boots FIT in the stirrups; I thought they'd be too wide. I have a pair of Western style "dance" boots with a heel - and could wear those. None of my other shoes are comfortable enough to ride/walk/jump (ME, not Chili!) in due to my foot still being broken. SO, if it's a safety issue due to my foot going thru the stirrup bc of no heel or bc it could get caught bc my boot is big, then I understand but might be able to work around it. To me, safety for my foot is also important.

BRIDLE: Does riding in a western style bridle make a difference when it's just us? Or will my riding be affected by my seat and vice versa?? I know this is an odd question but memory serves - holding my hands lower, tucked in and such might not be as possible with a bosal - wear I ride looser and more one handed than two. So, maybe it will make a difference?
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    03-28-2011, 11:41 PM
You can use any type of bridle. I have 2 bridles for each horse: one english for the ring, one western for trails (because it's much cheaper). I also use western boots when I trail ride. As for jeans I don't know. If you have nice expensive saddle I wouldn't do it, otherwise why not? Personally I don't like riding in jeans because I feel too restricted, BUT I don't trail ride in breeches either - I usually ride in older nice comfortable pants.
    03-28-2011, 11:41 PM
As for the bridle, you should be fine. The only difference is there is no cavesson and possibly the bit/steering. No worries there.

As for jeans... the inseams tend to wear the leather/stitching on the saddle. You could buy breeches. Some brands sell "riding tights" that are just lighter weight and cheaper ;) A lot of people around here ride in jeggings, as the jean-looking breech is somewhat in style!

I would say yes, you need boots or some type of shoe that is not too wide for the leather and also has a 1" heel. I know there have been a few times that the heel has saved me. My foot will slip and I'm thinking "Holy crap! Good think I had a heel or I would've been SOL!". Better safe than sorry! But you don't have to go spend $400 on a pair of new boots...
    03-28-2011, 11:48 PM
Bridle will not matter at all. I ride in my western saddle with a sparkly dressag bridle all the time. Just use a snaffle bit, no curbs unless Chili realy needs it.

As for the boots, I am pretty set against riding in any kind of hiking boot type, with cleats or that fits too closely into the stirup. If you can afford it, any kind of riding boot, cowboy or paddock , that has a good steel shank on the bottom will help you. Think of it as a long term investment. I LOVE Ariat paddock boots, but also love Ariat cowboy boots. But treat yourself to a real pair of ridng boots of any kind, not hiking or muck boots. You're worth it!

I don't think jeans will hurt the saddle as long as there is no rivet against it. I love breeches and one quickly gets over the feeling of tight. They end up feeling supportive and that they stretch is really nice. Get one with a leather knee patch and it helps with the grip. Heck, I use full seat breeches a lot. Love the grip! But then one needs to get half chaps because if you wear short paddock type boots and breeches, then the stiruup leather will pinch your calf each time you post.
So, you are looking to make an investment. But for now, ride in what you have. Dont' you have a birthday coming up?
    03-28-2011, 11:50 PM
Not to TMI but I can't ride in certain types of panties bc they make my butt slide in my jeans - I would think that riding in pants, not jeans, would also pose this same issue? I think, however, that breeches have a texture to them that keeps this slipping from happening????

The boots are going to be an issue. I'm all for used shoes/boots, etc.... but finding a pair that is comfortable on my foot, now, may pose a problem with a heel.
    03-28-2011, 11:52 PM
Caroline - you crap me up. According to my hubby, Chili was my Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary, Valentine's Day - whatever other day you can think of - present all rolled into one. HOWEVER. Now that he has Gracie, well, I have more of a bargaining chip!

The saddle in question is a Stubben, so I think it's nice.

Posting, however, may not be a problem - going to POST another thread in a min.
    03-28-2011, 11:53 PM
I have to say (and I know some people on forum going to disagree because we had this discussion in past ) I didn't find any difference riding in breeches vs old pants slippery-wise (and I ride in ALL kinds of pants). I do ride in breeches on lessons and sometime in ring, but I'm not the biggest fan as they are tight (I like pants with some space in them lol!).
    03-28-2011, 11:59 PM
I don't own a single pair of pants that I wear on a regular basis or semi-reg basis. I wear jeans every single day - and when I'm not in them, I'm in my pj pants, or shorts. OBVIOUSLY shorts are not going to cut it! LOL OOOOh, I wonder if those new, pajama jeans? Would work???
    03-29-2011, 12:15 AM
Lol maybe sweat pants? Never tried it, why not?! May be a bit slippery though.
    03-29-2011, 12:42 AM
Believe it or not, I do not own a pair of sweatpants!

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