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post #1 of 39 Old 08-06-2012, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Question Breeches: Beyond Confused Now!

First, the pronunciation. Does "breeches" rhyme with "beaches" or does it rhyme with "witches"? I've heard both.

Second, the differences between breeches and jodhpurs. I went to go try some breeches on today (clearly labeled breeches) and I was surprised at how long they were. What distinguishes breeches from jodhpurs? Length? The under-the-boot strap some jodhpurs have? Something else?

Third, how do they get worn. We may all put our pants on one leg at a time, but according to this thread that I found via google, there seems to be quite a bit of variety in how people wear their breeches. How long should they be? Do socks go over or under? The OP in that thread points out that all the pics on websites/catalogs that sell breeches have the models in tall boots, so it's difficult to judge. How do you guys get dressed? What's normal?


I'm hoping to buy myself a pair of breeches and half chaps asap... but I want to make sure I go in asking for the right thing and have some idea of how it should fit.

Help, anyone?
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I really have no clue about jodhpurs, but for breeches, I like them to be at the bottom of my ankle and almost to my waist. Although, mine are a bit short because if I got them any longer, they'd be too big. If I'm just wearing half chaps, I'll wear regular ankle socks but for showing and clinics, with my boots, I wear longer socks and tuck my breeches into them. I also have a nice tan colour for shows/clinics whereas I have black ones and a darker tan colour for everyday use.

I say breeches just as it looks, so yes, it'd rhyme with beaches. :)

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Jodhpurs are generally used when you have a short riding boot. The pant leg should go to the top of your foot, and have the elastic strap that goes under the sole of the boot. Due to their design, socks are to be worn under the pants legs next to your skin.

Breeches have velcro around the bottom, and shouldn't reach past the end of your calf. They're meant to be worn with tall boots. If you're wearing tall boots, the socks are generally put on over the breeches. Once the boots are on, you won't see the socks. If you're wearing them with short boots and half chaps, then put the socks on they way you would with jods.

Whichever way you pronounce breeches is correct. I believe the 'britches' pronunciation is primarily British.

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Jodhpurs are generally used when you have a short riding boot. The pant leg should go to the top of your foot, and have the elastic strap that goes under the sole of the boot. Due to their design, socks are to be worn under the pants legs next to your skin.

Breeches have velcro around the bottom, and shouldn't reach past the end of your calf. They're meant to be worn with tall boots. If you're wearing tall boots, the socks are generally put on over the breeches. Once the boots are on, you won't see the socks.


Whichever way you pronounce breeches is correct. I believe the 'britches' pronunciation is primarily British.
The plan is to wear half chaps with my paddock boots. Are breeches acceptable for this?
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Jodhpurs are generally used when you have a short riding boot. The pant leg should go to the top of your foot, and have the elastic strap that goes under the sole of the boot. Due to their design, socks are to be worn under the pants legs next to your skin.

Breeches have velcro around the bottom, and shouldn't reach past the end of your calf. They're meant to be worn with tall boots. If you're wearing tall boots, the socks are generally put on over the breeches. Once the boots are on, you won't see the socks.


Whichever way you pronounce breeches is correct. I believe the 'britches' pronunciation is primarily British.
I must be wearing mine completely wrong.. although that's how everyone around here wears them.

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Jophurs I believe are flared at the hips and breeches are snug fitting. I pronounce it like "reaches" with a B in the front. I would never put my socks over top the breeches as most have a Velcro fastener at the ankle, irritating! Go into any store that sells English apparel, they will fit you up just fine.
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The plan is to wear half chaps with my paddock boots. Are breeches acceptable for this?
Depends on your riding.

Hacking, trail riding, and practice are all acceptable times to wear short boots and half chaps with breeches. If you're going to be showing or hunting though, you'll need tall boots.

No wares, jods aren't flared at the hips any longer. The only real difference is that they have an actual cuff with the elastic strap, as opposed to the velcro around the bottom of the breech leg.

I have both jods and breeches. I much prefer the jods.

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Jodhpurs I usually have seen have a bottom cuff (fold)and a strap or worn with one, and leather straps around the calf. Breeches I've tried usually come to my ankles, or mid calf, wear boot socks to make it easier to pull off my boots, but a lot of people wear them for looks. Socks go over your breeches, unless ankle socks than they don't even reach your breeches. I can't pronounce breeches most days so say whatever is easiest to you.
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I've never seen jods with a leather strap around the calf. The only people who wear gaiters are the short stirrup crowd.

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Are gaiters the same as half chaps? I thought they were?
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