Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
I guess everyone just flew past my response (above). Don't you think posting or saddle style must have something to do with it??? Maybe western riders do fine in jeans because we (generally speaking) don't post?
BSMS, do you post?
It has to do with position. If you have your legs underneath you, you will feel pressure (in jeans) on the tops of your thigh, which may cause rubbing. Even in a chair I feel that pressure. It's more subtle but still.
Also jeans have no real stretch since they're made of denim and denim typically is nowhere near as stretchy as lycra. Therefore it bunches in loose places like the back of your knee, or slightly at the back of the thigh and the ankle. That is very painful to have happen when you are on a horse. It's like someone using a tourniquet on your limbs.
My jeans aren't super tight, or '2 inches above my crotch' but everytime I go trail riding it is very uncomfortable and I usually end up having really bad chaffing, blisters, or feel like I have invisible sunburn.
When someone posts, their hips rise up and forward (so diagonally) then come back down. I don't understand why the fact that someone posts or not would affect it in any way...
The main thing I see is a lot of western riders have more of a chair seat because they have to stop fast or just prefer having their legs infront rather than underneath. If they tried to pull their legs underneath them, I guarantee they'd feel pain and restriction from being in jeans. If you do that with breeches, they move with you, they stretch and give to allow you to put your leg there.
That is my experience.
Also note that I did not bash anyone's riding. I merely stated my observations and did not assign any rating to any individual.