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    10-18-2013, 08:45 PM
Originally Posted by rhosroyalvelvet    
...I know jeans especially can absolutly ruin your position leaving you with your leg stuck infront of you...
I'd love to hear how you know this. My jeans seem pretty inanimate, but maybe that is because they are the $15.88 ones...
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    10-18-2013, 08:47 PM
I've always rode in jeans, sweats or shorts. Basically whatever I had on. But then again, that was plodding around. I prefer shorts because, well.. I'm barely flexible enough to get on a horse much less with the restriction of jeans. But I've been rubbed pretty raw doing barrels and poles. So I wouldn't recommend it lol
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    10-18-2013, 08:51 PM
So, people ride in stretchy breeches because:

1)For looks.
2) For looks & they feel comfortable in them, to varying degrees of each. (1 to 99% to 50-50%).
3) They feel comfortable in them & it's not for looks.
    10-18-2013, 09:20 PM
I CANNOT have a serious ride in anything other than breeches. If I just want to hop on my horse and go for a trail ride, sure I can wear jeans...but if I'm working in the arena for more than 20 minutes, I have to wear breeches or I cannot move freely.
I'm in the boat of people that say breeches aren't just for looks.
    10-18-2013, 09:25 PM
Why are they tight? Because they feel good! Yes, it reduces friction from rubbing, or the chance that a wrinkle under your thigh will create a blister or bruise. But, to me, the tightness also acts as a vascular support, and I just feel , hm m m , how shall I say . . . . Hugged? I just feel better. I LOVE wearing breeches , and my rearend is as big as Arizona. I don't care. I like the feel of them. So there!
    10-18-2013, 10:12 PM
I find with jeans, they usually bunch underneath my knee or the seam digs into my calf. Not nice!

I love breeches or yoga pants, so long as they aren't slick. More movement, less bulk to get caught up in my stirrups, I'm closer to the horse since the material is pretty thin, it holds everything in to where I can wear a tee or my boots and look nice and professional.

Half the women I know hate walking around in breeches because they literally hug every inch of you, which makes you feel pretty exposed. Just because you have a body doesn't mean you always like to flaunt it.

It's more streamline too. I find my cantering is quieter in breeches than regular pants.
    10-18-2013, 10:29 PM
*snort* sheesh I just spat half of my cider out on my keyboard when I read that breeches are for fashion only. Are you KIDDING????!!!!!!!! They are the most hideous, foul, unattractive, unflattering piece of clothing I own, except maybe my granny undies to wear under my hideous WHITE competition breeches to try and avoid the dreaded undies line.
Unless you are 6 foot tall, with the backside of a goddess, legs sculpted out of marble and a washing board stomach, then breeches WILL make you look flabby, wide, jiggly and other sorts of delightful 'fashionable' appearances.

BSMS, I would love to see you get through an hour lesson in a Dressage saddle, in a pair of baggy jeans. My lord! I once thought I'd get away with wearing a pair of my 'old faithfuls' that I usually wear when taking the nags to the beach for a play, in a casual lesson. Holy moly, I had chaffing, blisters, cuts and bruises from my ankle to my groin. The baggy fabric killed me!

Breeches allow you to sit in the saddle without having to rearrange seams, folds etc. without causing any restriction to the knee or hip/pelvis if fitted well.
For a trail ride in a comfy stock (Aussie) saddle, absolutely wear a pair of jeans. I imagine a Western saddle also allows for jean wearing. But a Dressage saddle, no way jose!! Not if you actually want to actively ride.

But, if breeches are for fashion, I'm obviously a leading trend setter and better throw on my favourite pair of white, sticky bum Kerritts that I compete in, and head down to the local cafe to show off my delightful cottage cheese bottom.
    10-18-2013, 10:31 PM
Originally Posted by bsms    
I'd love to hear how you know this. My jeans seem pretty inanimate, but maybe that is because they are the $15.88 ones...
Have you ever actually ridden in a pair of proper English Style breeches?
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    10-18-2013, 11:05 PM
^^ No, I have not. That is kind of the point. If anyone wants to say, "I like how they feel", fine. But when someone says they are rubbed bloody, etc by wearing something other than breeches, or that you cannot have a good seat or ride well in anything else, I ain't buying. Why? Because too many people do fine riding English in something else!

I've pointed out the Cavalry wore loose fitting pants, and did some pretty demanding riding without being rubbed raw:


Lot of endurance riders ride in something other than breeches. I've never ridden in anything but jeans, and my legs don't end up bruised (unless my horse spun fast enough for the poleys to slam into my thigh). I can't speak to dressage - don't do it and never will - so maybe there is something about dressage that makes your legs rub a lot against the saddle or horse?

But some of the rationales used here are a bit odd. More streamlined? Keeps you closer to your horse? Jeans force your leg forward?

What about these guys (Portuguese Cavalry):

But of course, dressage lessons are sooooo much tougher riding than that! YGBSM! Xenophon was naked under his skirt when riding, but I guess he got away with it because there were no stirrups.

I don't care what you ride in. I'm 55 - unless you are female AND very pretty, I'll be looking at the horse instead of you. Maybe it is because I wear guy jeans, and my guy jeans just don't restrict my movement much. Or maybe it is because my jeans are all 100% cotton. Maybe it is my skinny butt...an adjective that doesn't describe my waist, unhappily. But no, I'm not buying that breeches are needed for riding, or that jeans make your legs go all funky.

"Breeches allow you to sit in the saddle without having to rearrange seams, folds etc. without causing any restriction to the knee or hip/pelvis if fitted well.
For a trail ride in a comfy stock (Aussie) saddle, absolutely wear a pair of jeans. I imagine a Western saddle also allows for jean wearing. But a Dressage saddle, no way jose!! Not if you actually want to actively ride.

I ride either in my DownUnder or my Bates. I use a western saddle about 4 times a year anymore. But MY jeans have never forced me to rearrange folds, or restrict my knee or pelvis! I actively ride. I don't just lump over in the saddle, holding on to the horn in hopes of staying on. I use my legs a lot. My jeans are black on the sides of the lower leg from the black dye in my saddle. And no blood or blisters yet...
    10-18-2013, 11:11 PM
In a Dressage saddle, your legs are at very close contact with the saddle constantly, there is little room 'to breathe'. It's not about it being "oh sooooooo much tougher than Cavalry riding" (sheesh give me a break), it is the style of riding, the saddle of saddle. Wearing jeans in a Dressage saddle plain out hurts.
I mention Dressage because it is my discipline, not because I think it is "oh so tough". Please do not attempt to attempt to insult me. You have a small obsession with cavalry and it is brought up in near every post you make - am I therefore not allowed to use my own discipline in my examples?
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