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post #21 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 06:00 PM
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When I school western I just wear jeans and cowboy boots. When I school english I either wear jeans or breeches, but with paddocks boot and half chaps. I find I get pinched by the leathers if I don't wear half chaps over top.

Driving at home is nice, I can wear whatever I want, including shorts. So much more comfortable on hot days!
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post #22 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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I forgot all about driving! I'm an awful person! Haha

When I'm working for our trainer I usually am in jeans and a tee shirt so when I go for a drive (especially with the greenies) I'm like: "Hurry it up, it's HOT!" my riding/driving attires pretty boring when I'm not bundled up like the kids in Christmas Story during the winter or wearing my PJ's (long story lol).
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post #23 of 23 Old 09-19-2013, 11:37 PM
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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. ;)
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