Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I had never ridden English until my daughter went that "direction", so out of curiosity I decided to give it a try. I found out in about 2 minutes why they do not wear jeans (over boots)...and to think I always thought they wore those boots for show. ;) I mean, they do look snappy, and all. But, in reality a jean leg just "bunches".
I wear jeans to ride western and slick bottom high top boots. There is a reason, just like English boots have a "utilitarian" reason. I do not like chaps. I trail ride. The first place you will most likely get nailed is somewhere from your knee down. Jeans and leather boots underneath will protect you. I will risk it from the knee up since, like I said, I do not like chaps. And, I like the "feeling" (real or imagined) that if I want out of a stirrup - my boot isn't going to slow me down..so I don't care what the boot looks like or to which discipline it "belongs", it just has to be slick bottomed w a bulldog heal.
So, I ride in what "works" for me, I don't much care what it looks like. I can't say I ever won a best dressed trail rider award, though. ;)
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.