Originally Posted by rhosroyalvelvet
Also bsms not trying to be rude or anything but how do you know that your position is so good while wearing your jeans? It must be pretty good if you are willing to argue that jeans do not in anyway hinder your legs freedom to be in the right position. I know I'm definitely not the best even in strechy clothing but how come your so confident that jeans allow the same freedom of movement?
Because I wear them all the time, and I have no trouble moving my legs? Good grief! From what people on this thread are writing, one would thing jeans are a medieval torture device making movement impossible! Jeans became popular in part because they DO allow movement - at least, guy jeans do. I can't speak to some ultra-tight girl jeans worn 2" above the crotch.
Yes, I am confident about my leg position. Unless I move it for a reason, my stirrup straps are vertical. And I do move my legs frequently while riding, depending on what I want from my horse.
"Unless you are one of those young men who truly believe that the general public WANTS to see their underwear, jeans are more restrictive than breeches, period!
For climbing a tree, I agree. For riding? What are people doing on their horse that results in the jeans preventing them from putting their heel under their hip (if they use that style), or that prevent them from moving a leg forward to the shoulder, or back?
"If jeans are so great, why don't you see gymnasts and other athletes wearing them?
I don't do gymnastics in the saddle. I don't try to put my foot above my head while riding, nor, at 55, at any other time.
Can y'all sit in a chair while wearing jeans? Can you sit in a chair wearing loose pants? Can you WALK or jog in jeans or loose pants, or do you need to go put on your breeches first? Do you change pants to climb a ladder? Just what are folks doing in the saddle that requires gymnastic leotards?
"It is not impossible to be in the right position while wearing jeans but it is much more difficult.
If you find breeches comfortable, fine. That is a personal choice. But looser pants do not cause the ills that are being attributed to them on this thread. Jeans will not force your leg forward, and loose pants will not cause your legs to bleed or cause you to lose contact with your horse. If you cannot ride "properly" in jeans or loose fitting pants, then there is something odd about your jeans or how you ride.
More comfort is a reason based on personal choice. But the reasons being given on this thread would suggest anyone who does NOT wear breeches is an incompetent sack of potatoes lumped on a saddle. And folks wonder why so many English riders are viewed as snobs...