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    10-19-2013, 10:14 AM
  #71
Foal
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?
     
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    10-19-2013, 10:21 AM
  #72
Weanling
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! 90% of the time, I ride in jeans but I trail ride in a western saddle. When I ride in breeches I have more flexibility and can actually feel my horses better. And, no, I've never had much chafing and such riding in jeans but I don't ride in an English discipline. If jeans are so great, why don't you see gymnasts and other athletes wearing them?
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    10-19-2013, 10:23 AM
  #73
Foal
But it is just silly to say that if you do NOT wear breeches, then your pants will cause your leg to go forward, or that you will lose contact with your horse, or that you will be off-balance, or that you will have legs covered in cuts and bruises after an hour of riding. That simply contradicts the experience of countless riders riding in a variety of styles, including English.[/QUOTE]

I would like to see how well those countless riders would do in an equitation flatwork class. It is not impossible to be in the right position while wearing jeans but it is much more difficult. For example it is much more difficult to run a race in a pair of cheap loose canvas shoes but not impossible. I wonder why there are specially designed trainers (sneakers) for athletics to wear???? Oh I know its probably so that they can look stylish... NOT!
I know other sports are like athletics are unrelated to horse riding but it is the same basic principle.
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    10-19-2013, 10:47 AM
  #74
Trained
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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...
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    10-19-2013, 10:53 AM
  #75
Weanling
Actually, people are just answering your questions on why they feel breeches are more appropriate. They also keep saying that jeans are fine to ride in in certain circumstances, while others are more comfortable in breeches. No one said anything about jeans wearing making you horrible or inflexible. They said breeches allow for MORE flexibility. No one said jeans don't allow for ANY flexibility. The one that has been a snob is you. People have given you calm and logical explanations why to them it matters, yet you stick your fingers in your ears and keep telling us that we just do it for vanity. So YOU are discarding others people experiences and being condescending to them. Which makes YOU the snob.
     
    10-19-2013, 10:54 AM
  #76
Trained
You may as well give up arguing, it's like trying to explain color to a blind person. If there are people that can ride in and English saddle, not wearing breeches, and ride as well, and don't get bruised HURRAH for them.

If there are people who have never ridden in breeches, who believe that they are simply a fashion statement, well, then they have bo real knowledge of the difference.

To the majority of us English riders who actually brave wearing the most unflattering of garments, in my case looks more like 2 hippos making out under a stretch tarp, because it helps us to ride better and in more comfort, YEAH to us.

Oh and I am about to go out to a ground work clinic with my western horse, and I am wearing English Breeches, why?

Because it is snowing outside and these ones are fleecy.
Because it means I can wear my riding trainers and half chaps, so my feet will stay warm, and no arena dirt will get into my shoes.
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    10-19-2013, 11:14 AM
  #77
Showing
Geezus bsms, who voided their bladder in your processed grain breakfast product?

You want to wear jeans to ride in, have at it. I don't see anyone being snotty except for you. You've been given good, solid reasons for why the majority of riders who wear breeches do so. If you still come away with the idea that it's all for looks, then it's pretty obvious you have a closed mind on the subject and just want to jeer and try to appear superior.

By your own admission you just ride for fun, and the majority of that 'fun time' is spent in a Western saddle, not an English. Those who actually ride competitively, such as endurance, have very good reasons for NOT riding in jeans and it has nothing to do with how they look.
     
    10-19-2013, 11:30 AM
  #78
Foal
BSMS I for one am the futhest thing from a "snob". I have already said that it is possible to ride in jeans with your leg in the right position but it is much more difficult. Jeans do not force your leg forward but can restrict your movement to the degree where there is no option but to put your leg forward. People who where jeans when riding are by no means slobs ect but I would think that they are not people who compete at the top level of their diciplene spending every moment in the saddle striving to be in a better position than the minute before. The reason people are arguing so fiercly over this point is because you who is indeed the most snob like of us all for the reason that you are so closed minded that you can not believe any other reason than your own about jodphurs. Do you really think that people with horses who muck out every day would be so concerned about their apperance that they would buy jodphurs for the sole reason that they can look good? Or that jodphurs were made for the sole reason of comfort? That no one would even think of a practical reason for jodphurs after all these years of developing and improving the product? If it was for the sole reason of comfort then everyone would be riding in tracksuit bottoms. Indeed the attire of all shows would have tracksuit bottoms rather than jodphurs. Every item of horseriding attire has a purpose. The stock to protect your neck if you fall, a jacket to keep you warm, a shirt to stop you getting too itchy from the wool jacket to keep the stock in place and to keep you warm, boots to keep your feet warm, the heel stops your foot from slipping out of the stirrup too easily and to keep your feet dry, the hat to protect your head, body protector to protect your back, and indeed the jodphurs for easy movement of your leg, the skin tightness too stop it from running up your leg leaving it bare and indeed now there are patches to stop pinching even though that shouldn't happen if your leg is in the right place. Or did you think they were all so that you can look stylish? Yes comfort is an aspect why we wear them but it is not the sole reason. But to look stylish is complete ridicule and if that was the only reason your could think of when this disscussion started and that after listening to the opinions of many fellow riders the only other reason you will accept is comfort then it is indeed you who is the closed minded snob.
     
    10-19-2013, 12:06 PM
  #79
Foal
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?

Well that was I stupid comment to make BSMS. I can now use your argument against you.

When you ride its not like sitting in a chair and if you ride like that I wouldn't be feeling to confident about your position. Also if you ride like that it just proves my point beond doubt. Riding like your sitting in a chair means your leg is too far in front of you which I say can be assited by the stiffness of jeans.

Riding is not like walking. If you ride like you walk your leg would be flying all over the place and I would pity your poor horse.

Riding is not like climbing a ladder either.

And the thing we do in the saddle that requires gymnastic leotards is called riding properly. This is the type of ridiculas argument you have been making.
     
    10-19-2013, 12:51 PM
  #80
Trained
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Geezus bsms, who voided their bladder in your processed grain breakfast product?...By your own admission you just ride for fun, and the majority of that 'fun time' is spent in a Western saddle, not an English. Those who actually ride competitively, such as endurance, have very good reasons for NOT riding in jeans and it has nothing to do with how they look.
SR, an Australian saddle is NOT a western saddle. My daughter uses our Circle Y saddle. I cannot remember the last time I tried it, but it has been at least a year.

And when people say that riding in something other than breeches mean you cannot ride well...who is pissing on whom? When someone says jeans make your legs go forward, and will rub them bloody, or that loose-fitting pants will cause you to lose contact with your horse - who is being judgmental?

If I can't ride properly without wearing super-tight stretch pants that show my underwear, then I just won't ride "properly". But given how few MEN ride in pants that show their underwear, I guess I'll have a lot of company.
     

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