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post #1 of 12 Old 05-09-2009, 11:36 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Attire (English)

Ok, so I start lessons monday. I want to be comfortable, and usually am in jeans. I'm just wondering if the seam is going to bother me after awhile. I never plan on showing, so I dont want to spend tons of money. I just want to be comfortable and not look like a knob.

Anyhow, I was looking at schooling tights, and they are appealing. But would I be able to substitute cycling/running tights instead? What do you wear (when riding english)?
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-10-2009, 02:13 AM
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People over here usually wear jodhpurs with short boots and half chaps. That seems to be the most popular combination when riding English style. I ride in jeans though, pick whatever is comfortable for you.
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I can't wear jeans...A LOT of people do it. The seam irritates me to death. I also wear tall boots every ride. I guess I just got used to the full regalia of breeches and tall boots. My other tip is wear the tightest shirt you can stand. My trainer hates it when I wear something baggy and she can't see my upper back form.
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Oh gosh, I hate tight shirts. They accentuate the mummy tummy.

I think I'll stick with jeans. The boots I have have a heel, but can a heel be too big (Ok, I know it can but I want to know if this one is)? It just seems way bigger then any english boot I've seen (Its just a boot, not made for riding). But then again I've seen western boots with big heels. Maybe I'm over analyzing.

Ok, so I think if my jeans bug me I'm just gonna buy some pull on something or other. I'm really not into breeches. I typically ride western and it feels silly. Ugh! Did I ever mention I hate clothes shopping. I think I'll try to find a pair of riding jeans, however hard that might be.
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I wear Schooling tights paddock boots and chaps. If you plan on riding english for awhile, I would invest in a pair of Karrits riding pants and a pair of paddock boots. I like Ariats, they last for over 10 years if properly taken care of.

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post #6 of 12 Old 05-10-2009, 08:33 PM
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I ride in non-riding tights (the type you can find at pretty much any female clothing store for really cheap), paddock boots and half chaps. I'm always comfortable, and I didn't spend a ton of money!
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Ok, so since I dispise clothes shopping, I am ebaying. I found some breeches, and just curious if anyone has any opinions they'd like to give me?
Casual Riding Pants Relax fit Breeches Jodhpur Tan 28 - (eBay.ca item 310140882948 end time 14-May-09 22:43:32 EDT)
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-11-2009, 02:03 PM
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I usually only wear my breeches when I am showing. Just ride in jeans if I am working my horses at home. Most of the people I ride with just keep their jeans on, but we mostly ride stock horses so when riding both western and english it is easier to keep jeans on.

Make sure the heel on your boots aren't too big. If you're riding in irons you can run the risk of getting your foot caught if something were to throw you off balance.
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-11-2009, 02:06 PM
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I can't ride in jeans; they're way too uncomfortable for me. I wear Kerrits riding tights and paddock boots.

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My heel is 1". I'm sure this is fine.....right?
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