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post #111 of 155 Old 10-20-2013, 05:48 PM
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I'm sure this has already been said, but I will reiterate that LOOSE PANTS CAUSE BURNS!
Not in my 45 years of riding (which included chasing cattle, 100 mile rides on long weekends, etc.....)

So I will reiterate. LOOSE PANTS DO NOT CAUSE BURNS!
If they did I'd have lost all the skin on my legs before finished Jr High.
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Not in my 45 years of riding (which included chasing cattle, 100 mile rides on long weekends, etc.....)

So I will reiterate. LOOSE PANTS DO NOT CAUSE BURNS!
If they did I'd have lost all the skin on my legs before finished Jr High.
How about loose pants CAN cause burns? It's obvious that some people, like me, can ride in jeans. Some people can't. Some pants have weird seams that rub. Some that are loose rub. Some don't. Some people have more sensitive skin, or might sit differently, have different pants/leg shape or whatever. It's not just one or the other. One size does not fit all here.
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Not in my 45 years of riding (which included chasing cattle, 100 mile rides on long weekends, etc.....)

So I will reiterate. LOOSE PANTS DO NOT CAUSE BURNS!
If they did I'd have lost all the skin on my legs before finished Jr High.
There is this thing called "friction" that some people say exists.

What, then, do you suggest causes the burns? I'd love to know.
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Not in my 45 years of riding (which included chasing cattle, 100 mile rides on long weekends, etc.....)

So I will reiterate. LOOSE PANTS DO NOT CAUSE BURNS!
If they did I'd have lost all the skin on my legs before finished Jr High.
I will reiterate too: perhaps we are talking about the difference between women's bodies and men's bodies!

Most of the comments about not understanding why anyone wants to wear stretchy pants while riding, and that jeans are more restrictive and rub you are from guys.

Guys, some of us females are more comfortable riding in these kinds of pants. Our hips, legs and many other parts have a different shape. That doesn't mean you have to wear them too. Just understand it works for us. And enjoy it!
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How about loose pants CAN cause burns? It's obvious that some people, like me, can ride in jeans. Some people can't. Some pants have weird seams that rub. Some that are loose rub. Some don't. Some people have more sensitive skin, or might sit differently, have different pants/leg shape or whatever. It's not just one or the other. One size does not fit all here.
Can also say tight pants can rub you raw .
I did find out about that while still in my teens (and it was bad enough the first time that I'm not going to test it again). Which is why I only wear loose, comfortable pants. If I could find some for the right price (or could get my oldest to let me have his) I'd wear a hakama with one of my kimonos (can't get much "looser" than that ). Might look funny (ok, it would almost certainly look funny ), but oh so comfortable. And since I'm obviously not a slave to fashion I don't care how it looked

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OK, I found a use for tight fitting, stretchy-like pants. When you need them, I guess you NEED them :

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There is this thing called "friction" that some people say exists.

What, then, do you suggest causes the burns? I'd love to know.
Oh, I'm well aware of friction. Found out why everyone's pants were loose (and why my old riding instructor told us to wear something loose and comfortable) after I wore my non loose pants for a couple of days and learned about the value of Vaseline in treating raw areas on the thighs. Loose pants have served me well ever since.

As for what causes the burns. In my case it was a the material from a pair of pants that were tighter than what I should have been wearing to spend the day (2 days in this case) working from horseback.
If you are getting them from loose pants that only you can figure that one out. They might not be loose enough. You might be riding in some fashion that's causing it (although I can't imagine how). As in my case I went to pants that were looser than what I was wearing (baggy jeans don't look great, but the ride well ). Personally my old Army khakis and my silk pants are the best for comfort, but not warm enough on really cold days.
I can only say that in 45 years pants that were loose enough have NEVER given me a problem while riding (although I did get heat rash on my legs during a long hike in jeans one Summer, but that was walking). If they give you a problem then find someone like me that someone can observe along with you to see what's different.....or just wear what works for you when riding (that's what I've been doing for over 80% of my life.....oh, that makes it seem like longer than just 45 years.....there has to be some way of making it not seem like I'm getting older )

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Could some of the problem jeans include artificial fibers?

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I will reiterate too: perhaps we are talking about the difference between women's bodies and men's bodies!

Most of the comments about not understanding why anyone wants to wear stretchy pants while riding, and that jeans are more restrictive and rub you are from guys.

Guys, some of us females are more comfortable riding in these kinds of pants. Our hips, legs and many other parts have a different shape. That doesn't mean you have to wear them too. Just understand it works for us. And enjoy it!
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While it is an absolute that the male and female bodies do have certainly anatomical differences (beside the obvious things ) I'm not qualified to say that it makes a difference here or not. All the girls in my family that rode all wore basically the same things the guys wore. Loose, comfortable clothes. I was the only person there who had taken dressage or any "formal" training and I was the youngest to boot so my comments in the beginning were basically seen as a bit comical to some (and embarrassing to my father.....like me insisting I wanted to have a dressage saddle and use direct reining ) of these people for whom riding wasn't something you did in an arena (there wasn't even a round pen within 20 miles in any direction ). But I was a quick study and learned real quick that there was good reason why neck reining is great and dressage saddles.....well, it was a big enough joke on it's own

Anyway , no one is disputing that women are obviously happy riding in tight, form fitting pants. If you'll notice my early posts...I'm all for it . I'll be the first (second, third and last) to admit that it looks good . Never had a problem with it from the first time my riding instructor met me at the stable in Kassel in her tight little breeches and boots. If I hadn't already wanted to learn to ride looking at her would have done it.

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