Thanks guys! I will definitely check out the AE and Aura jeans, I hadn't heard of those.
I ride in the target brand Mossimo jeans all the time. It's the only thing I wear and I haven't had a pair rip on me, and one pair is going on 3yrs now, riding at least a few times a week.
My favorite pair of Mossimos is the only pair that has stayed with me for the past year when everything else wore out, but they're starting to thin and stretch now. I'm really careful putting them on or pulling them up, because my last pair ripped right below the pockets when I was pulling them on.
6 months is amazingly fast, but there can be different factors that impact the wear and tear. I generally expect a pair to last me 3 or more years. As already mentioned you can look for something made with heavier material. Or if you're really ambitious (and don't mind the unusual appearance) you can do something my grandmother did (but only after I wore out the ass in the pants). Sew a large patch of cotton denim in the inside to block the hole. It's amazing how long a pair will last with patching as needed
Honestly, the one place I can't stand a patch is in the butt. I'll do just about anywhere else on a pair of jeans, but not there.
Yeah, I'm really hard on my jeans. And I don't have a lot of pairs so I tend to wear what I do have three-four days a week. They get mud, manure, ointments, soap, hoof oil, leather oil, dirt, horse hair, paint, and most anything else you can find at the barn rubbed into them on almost a daily basis. For the first few weeks after I get a new pair I try to keep them relatively clean, but once I've fallen in a mud puddle, or had a horse slobber all over me I give up on that ^^
I've just ordered two pairs of Carhartts that were on sale, so we'll see how those work out. I'd like one or two more pairs just so I have some back ups though.