Maybe some of it has to do with posting? Like if a person posts the trot or not? Or maybe it's the style of saddle that has something to do with chaffing?
For instance, I ride western and I can do 5 hour trail rides in stretchy jeans or basically whatever pants I want to sacrifice to the trees and brush and I never have chaffing problems from the pants. Sometimes I will get bruises from scraping into trees and sometimes I have mystery bruises on the insides of my knees, but basically, I can ride 5 hours in the mountains, up and down hills, some trotting and cantering, but mostly walking, and my pants never give me a lick of trouble. I am overweight too, so I think my chubby legs would be more prone to rubbing than most.
On a western saddle, the stirrup fenders kind of move with your leg, but on an English saddle, you have a thin stirrup leather moving over a leather flap that doesn't move with your leg, could that be a part of the problem? That and posting the trot?
This reminds me of some of the threads I've read in the past about gloves. How some people can't hardly ride without gloves and I never use gloves unless it's winter and my hands are cold. But I don't need them to protect my hands.....probably because I ride western and generally ride without contact. But even that doesn't always hold true, because my Fox Trotter can be a real handful coming home sometimes, and I still never feel the need to wear gloves to protect my hands.
I'm sure breeches are comfy. But as I ride western I've never felt the need to try them. All summer long I ride in stretchy jeans. All winter long I ride in sweat pants. If I need more grip or protection from the brush, I wear chinks over the top of them. Now that is a fashion statement........chinks over sweatpants!
Last edited by trailhorserider; 10-19-2013 at 03:10 AM.