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    10-18-2013, 02:26 PM
  #31
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Originally Posted by bsms    
"Never had the problem before, so I guess my style of riding has changed since I was 12. My friend used to ride in shorts/half chaps all the time, and now she can't without getting rubbed. What you may scoff at as being purely "looks or fashion" may be extremely practical for some people."

I guess my question is what are you & your friend doing differently, and why are you doing it?

On a serious level, is there something about how SOME people ride that results in chaffing and irritation in loose clothing when OTHERS never experience a problem? And if so, is it the clothing that is to blame, or the riding?

The only time I've had problems with stirrup leathers rubbing or pinching was with 2.5" Australian leathers when learning to canter.

Folks can wear whatever they want. I'm all for comfort. But the idea that very tight clothing is a REQUIREMENT seems a big stretch to me. There are just too many others riding English/Australian in jeans or sweatpants without a problem. If jeans CAUSED rubbing or chaffing, then my legs would have no skin by now.
Well, I actually got serious about riding. Back when I rode without half chaps I was a kid and didn't really care about my position. My legs were likely flopping all over the horse's back. Back in those days my friend was also the same way- she was a tall girl my same age riding a 13.2hh pony for fun and jumping 2'3 max. She's now on a big TB and actually taking her riding seriously. I would be the first to guess that rubbing while riding is a sign that something had gone wrong, but I think you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone that says either of us has gotten worse since we were joking around in high school!

I also don't think that it's a requirement necessarily. Yeah, you can't show up with jeans in the dressage ring and expect to do well. However, there are many other non-horse venues in which ratty jeans aren't appropriate. My old trainer would (and did) definitely give me lessons while wearing jeans, but she considered it a sign of respect to put an effort into wearing breeches and having a somewhat neat appearance. It shows that you care and are trying.

Like I said, wear whatever you want while riding! I don't think that anything is ever a requirement when riding for fun, and I can get by just fine in jeans or sweatpants, but I like to have my half chaps. Heck, you can ride in a women's swimsuit if you want. However, I'm think that you would consider pants of some sort a requirement after that ride!!
     
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    10-18-2013, 02:41 PM
  #32
Foal
When I first started riding I had no issues eith just jeans riding but now that my seat os better and im keeping my legs on the horse where they should be and not flopping off to the sides I rub and need to wear half chaps over my jeans
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    10-18-2013, 03:11 PM
  #33
Trained
" Heck, you can ride in a women's swimsuit if you want."

For the sake of my friends, my horse and my neighbors...I'll decline!

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    10-18-2013, 03:14 PM
  #34
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" Heck, you can ride in a women's swimsuit if you want."

For the sake of my friends, my horse and my neighbors...I'll decline!

My daughter would choose a tutu...I have a photo somewhere...
     
    10-18-2013, 05:30 PM
  #35
Yearling
Personally, I ride in jeans. It is the only thing I own. I usually ride in whatever I am wearing that day, and yes, I've ridden in dresses before just out of my terrible laziness. (I can spend the hour working my horse but not the five minutes to go put on some pants...) I have never blistered, but the inside of my knees turn black with bruises after a day of riding, regardless of attire. I have just recently started riding with boots, too, after several times where my moccasins left me enraged and I kicked them off in the roundpen before heading out.
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    10-18-2013, 06:13 PM
  #36
Weanling
Jodphurs give you unlimited movement so you can be in the right position without any restrictions. I know jeans especially can absolutly ruin your position leaving you with your leg stuck infront of you. Tracksuit bottoms and other baggy clothes are no good because they can run up your leg leaving your lower leg bare on the saddle. Its just that the tight fitting of jodphurs does not let them run up your leg and the flexibility allows you to move your leg into the right position easily.
     
    10-18-2013, 06:17 PM
  #37
Weanling
Any pinches and burns ect is because your leg is in the wrong place. I personaly never where chaps and often ride in the thinest pair of leggings and I don't feel I thing. I don't where long boots either. Your position is what causes bruises and burns.
     
    10-18-2013, 06:19 PM
  #38
Trained
My riding pants are so tight because I have a ripped body and like to show it off, jealous much?
     
    10-18-2013, 06:21 PM
  #39
Foal
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Originally Posted by Ninamebo    
OP, you ever worn yoga pants? Know how comfy they are? Then why not want to ride in them?! I have a pair of riding tights that I will also wear with boots to class because they are so darn comfy! It just makes doing the job easier IMO. But everyone has what they are used to/ most comfortable in for riding.
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I have! Haha (like I said, as a college aged girl, yoga pants are a crucial part of my warddrobe lol). I've heard that yoga pants are too delicate for riding tho or that they're too slippery in the saddle
     
    10-18-2013, 06:39 PM
  #40
Green Broke
Anyone can ride around on a horse in a pair of jeans and be comfortable.

A real dressage lesson where the trainer is going to work you until you have this fantasy of being dead? No

I tried it (forgot my breeches) and the blood was literally dripping out of my jeans after an hour. Never did that again.

I'm all about trail riding and putzing around riding in jeans. Comfy and I don't have to go change to ride. Jeans are comfortable but well-fitting breeches are like a second skin, you don't know how comfortable they are until you've really ridden in a pair and have a grippy seat can come in real handy! I'm tiny and very thin and even *I* don't look fabulous in them!
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