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    10-20-2013, 08:13 AM
  #101
Weanling
Some people have obviously read my arguments wrong.

I did not say it was IMPOSIBLE to ride in jeans in the right position I just said it is more DIFICULT (in my opinion).

This lead on to the point that I THINK most people competing at top class levels would ride in jodhpurs to illiminate that aspect of dificality so that they can just focus on improving not getting their leg into the basic position. None of this says that people who ride in jeans do not take riding seriously. I said I would like to see how they would do in an equitacion classes. This sentance does not say that I think they would not do well in the class. These are both arguments posed against me. Just shows how presumtious people are now a days. I also apologise to anyone who would have taken those statements as offence as it was not meant I was just saying from my own experiances what I believe.
     
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    10-20-2013, 08:40 AM
  #102
Showing
What an interesting, yet somewhat silly debate. I've ridden and shown both western & english my entire life, ride in both jeans and breeches. I think there's a bit being overlooked. Basic form & function of both tack & apparel.

Riding english, I ride in my breeches. Why, because even in well fitted riding jeans (good jeans don't have the heavy seams) the lower leg is loose, it can bunch up and get in the leathers and that doesn't feel good. Breeches & half chaps or my tall field boots in my english saddles.
Western, what I spend most of my time doing, I'm in a good pair of jeans. Not the pick up at the local walmart jeans, good riding jeans. The inherent difference I've not noted being discussed is that a western saddle has a smooth fender, nothing to get pinched by. I've never had an issue with chafing or getting pinched in a good pair of jeans and many days I'm in the saddle for 8 hours.

To each their own. Ride what you are most comfortable in! The only point I have to disagree with is that jeans give people chair seats. Pants don't give people chair seats, people give people chair seats.
     
    10-20-2013, 01:17 PM
  #103
Green Broke
MHF Quarters, well said!

I've been following this thread and have found it very entertaining covering all sorts of information, misinformation, humor, opinions based on personal experience and of course combativeness. On the whole, part of me has enjoyed following it.

I've always ridden in jeans, though I must say the newer jeans with spandex have made it more comfortable for me and I have never had any issue with my position in the saddle, whether I'm riding english or western. However, a few years ago a friend persuaded me to try a pair of her english breeches.

Wow! I felt like I was riding naked, except no skin chaffing on the leather (not that I have ever ridden naked but I would image that could/would be an issue)! I must confess, I did enjoy the feel!

I still wear jeans though, as it just fits my lifestyle and needs better. I also do not compete, so proper attire is not an issue. For me it is simply function and comfort. While I do pay a bit more than $15.88 for my jeans , I buy them on sale to ease the sting.
     
    10-20-2013, 01:37 PM
  #104
Yearling
I ride in my jeans. Pretty much whatever I happen to be wearing that day. I apologize in advanced but I just think breeches look ridiculous and I can't imagine myself wearing them. Also have never had an issue with jeans, they're comfy, so I go with it. Mounting is the only thing that's difficult in jeans - gotta hike the leg of the pants up to be able get my leg high enough to mount a 17 hand horse.

I do concede that breeches probably ARE easier to ride in because of the range of movement that's hindered by jeans, but as of yet I haven't been hindered enough to care. I did look at jean breeches just for the sake of saving my jeans from wear patches, but if I'm looking at either 100+ dollar jean breeches or 15 dollar regular jeans... Guess which I'm choosing!
     
    10-20-2013, 01:41 PM
  #105
Super Moderator
No it isn't for looks!!!
I grew up in the days of baggy breeches and jodhpurs and I can assure you they were anything but comfortable.
The modern day fabric fits where you want it to fit and stretches enough to move and expand where you do
     
    10-20-2013, 03:15 PM
  #106
Yearling
I worked as a trail guide and always rode in jeans. Wal-mart specials, as mentioned by others on this thread.

One day I rode in a new pair of jeans. I think I had splurged and gone to Pamida.

HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD, THE PAIN!

The insides of my legs were literally rubbed raw. I think the difference was that the seems ran back to front rather than front to back. Whatever it was, I never wore those &$?! Jeans riding again.

Recently I started riding English and am now a breeches convert after 20+ years of riding western in jeans.

I think they could be stylish but certainly aren't on me. Lol!

I wear them for comfort and more freedom of movement, regardless of whether I'm in an English or western saddle.
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    10-20-2013, 04:43 PM
  #107
Foal
As a Cavalry reenactor and been doing mounted archer/mounted shooting let me tell you about those "loose cavalry pants" they are torture!! I always wear riding tights under my official WWI uniform to prevent rubs and blisters. Once fabric caught up with equestrians that is when you stop seeing loose riding attire and more body hugging. I do mostly 1815 era Cavalry reenacting and those older uniforms are much more comfortable than those terrible WWI era riding gear. My early 1800's era riding gear is still "loose" but not as baggy as Civil War and especially WWI era but I wear riding tights underneath anyway as a safety measure.

English riding is a more "active" riding than "Western" or "Stock" which can be more passive riding. If I'm doing trails in my Aussie saddle than my jeans (they do have stretchy material along with denim) are sufficient. If I'm doing schooling, lessons, or reenactment practice, than I'm in breeches and either tall boots or half chaps.

I say this about Cavalry horses, a more brave horse I've yet to find. My string (All are OTSTBs and I just took on a neglected/severely underweight TWH mare who is brave and forward as a prospect) but I've had OTTBs who took me through battles, cannon fire, charges, and even sword play. It is really not about the breed (although back then most were at least mixed with some TB) but how much heart they have. Having a horse stand nicely while musket fire, cannon fire, shouts, smoke, and then charging into a line all while making minute adjustments off of legs/seat is a joy to ride.
     
    10-20-2013, 05:03 PM
  #108
Foal
I'm sure this has already been said, but I will reiterate that LOOSE PANTS CAUSE BURNS!

Trust me, I do NOT look good or fashionable in tight riding pants. If I could wear another type of riding pants, trust me I would. If I wear loose yoga type pants - oh the burns I get on my calf! The material scrunches up under my half chap and most definitely causes burns. Same with jeans - unless they are skin tight but if that's the case then I might as well my riding pants.

I'm sure many people believe they look fashionable, in fact I think its actually a fashion statement now - to wear riding pants and paddock boots. But regardless I think they are designed that way for a reason more than fashion.
     
    10-20-2013, 05:12 PM
  #109
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Idrivetrotters    
As a Cavalry reenactor and been doing mounted archer/mounted shooting let me tell you about those "loose cavalry pants" they are torture!! I always wear riding tights under my official WWI uniform to prevent rubs and blisters. Once fabric caught up with equestrians that is when you stop seeing loose riding attire and more body hugging. I do mostly 1815 era Cavalry reenacting and those older uniforms are much more comfortable than those terrible WWI era riding gear. My early 1800's era riding gear is still "loose" but not as baggy as Civil War and especially WWI era but I wear riding tights underneath anyway as a safety measure.
1860's were just trousers like the Inf and Arty wore. Different piping, but same wool pants. I found them very comfortable for riding (after getting accustom to the wool, but I find silk PJ pants underneath works great during the cooler months)

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Originally Posted by Idrivetrotters    
I say this about Cavalry horses, a more brave horse I've yet to find. My string (All are OTSTBs and I just took on a neglected/severely underweight TWH mare who is brave and forward as a prospect) but I've had OTTBs who took me through battles, cannon fire, charges, and even sword play. It is really not about the breed (although back then most were at least mixed with some TB) but how much heart they have. Having a horse stand nicely while musket fire, cannon fire, shouts, smoke, and then charging into a line all while making minute adjustments off of legs/seat is a joy to ride.
Except when they panic and go tearing across the battle field (with or without their rider), but for the poor horse it's worse without it's rider, because the din of battle with so many armed men continues regardless of how fast he tries to get away (ok...where to run?) and it's not very reassuring to the other horses nearby (a day at Resaca back in the 90's comes to mind).
     
    10-20-2013, 05:37 PM
  #110
Yearling
Ok, I was really interested in figuring out what you ladies are talking about so I deliberately wore my loose Faded Glory jeans (cheapest non sale jeans at Walmart). I did a pretty typical ride. Just over 9 miles (we won't count the bushwhacking in the distance since it's never a straight line so distance isn't as easy for me to determine except for relatively straight lines). Spent 4 hours 25 minutes (give or take 60 seconds ) in the saddle (country the time spent bushwhacking).

I made sure I tried moving around what space there is for me to move around on my saddle (did it while thinking about it vs just doing it naturally without thinking). Tried REALLY hard to feel the seams of my jeans against my thighs (I don't know how you do it....I can't tell if there is a seam....feels the same at every point - front to back - top to bottom).

After 9+ miles and 4+ hours you'd think I'd have felt something . Not talking about pain....I just wanted to feel the seam and be able to know it was there because I could feel it. At one point after about 3 hours I actually stood up and felt with my hand to confirm that there was a seam on the inside (funny how you'll start to question the obvious )
I guess I'll test my Rustler and Wrangler jeans next to see if I can feel the seam in any of them.
About the only issue I've ever had with jeans is in the Summer they're hotter then my silk or my thin cotton khaki pants so I don't wear jeans as much during the hotter months (but then I don't wear my flannel shirts then either ). My favorite hot weather shirts are two old casual reenacting shirts (even though I need to replace a few buttons on them). Long sleeve (of course), but so cool and comfortable.
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