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WalnutPixie 05-13-2011 04:02 PM

Pants to wear for riding?
 
I have never really given much thought to what pants I wear for riding. I used to ride Western and usually wore jeans. When I started taking English lessons I just kept wearing jeans; nobody ever said anything about it.

Now, after saving up for a long time, I have bought my very own dressage saddle (which I am very happy to have!) It is a quality saddle and I want it to last forever so I need to take good care of it. The master saddler whom I am very fortunate to have helping me recommends that I ride in pants without seams on the inside of the leg. A seam would rub and wear out the leather. He says that I don't need to buy breeches because leggings with half chaps would work very well for summer riding.

Now I am wondering, what kinds of pants do I need to wear to avoid damaging my saddle? I guess that leggings could work for this summer, but what about fall/winter/spring? I would just buy a pair of breeches but honestly I think they would look too grand in combination with a dressage saddle on my homely little trail horse.

So, what do you think I should do? What kinds of pants do you wear for riding? I don't have any English riding friends to ask so any input is appreciated! Thanks in advance :)

Jacksmama 05-13-2011 04:11 PM

There are insulated legging/breeches for riding in the winter. Honestly I love my jeans but I am going to have to give up riding in them too. I have a suede seat on my saddle and I have noticed the seams have started rubbing on it. Basically anything that doesn't have thick seams at the crotch and inner thigh. A friend of mine rides in yoga pants:)

DaraT 05-13-2011 04:58 PM

I ride in jeans and insulated jeans in the winter. I had a Circle Y saddle with a suede seat for close to 30 yrs. I rode the dickens out of it. I just it sold a few weeks ago because it doesn't fit either of the horses I have now. As far as I can tell, there were no wear marks from the seams in my jeans on the seat.

MHFoundation Quarters 05-13-2011 05:00 PM

I ride primarily western and live in jeans, but that doesn't do it in the winter here! I used to wear long johns & carharrt insulated bibs and that's a lot of extra bulk, my hubby bought me some under armor cold gear leggings, I'm hooked now! I just ordered 2 more pairs while its off season, lots cheaper :)
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kitten_Val 05-13-2011 05:12 PM

I ride in (rather cheap) breeches (sweat pants in winter as I'm getting cold too fast). I do think jeans may leave marks on saddle (and I like mine too much :D ).

Out of curiosity (as I did try a bunch when I was looking for dressage saddle last year), what saddle did you get?

Opus 05-13-2011 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by WalnutPixie (Post 1033479)
So, what do you think I should do? What kinds of pants do you wear for riding? I don't have any English riding friends to ask so any input is appreciated! Thanks in advance :)

I wore jeans in winter ... then noticed some wear and tear on the pommel of my saddle, so then I decided to switch to breeches. I'm not a big fan of breeches (at this weight), so I compromised by buying a pair of jean breeches by Equine Couture. The fabric is a tad thicker than normal breeches (and warmer) and have all the usual jean pockets, but they don't rub my saddle.

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Now that it's getting warmer, I'm seriously thinking about getting some riding tights, since the denim breeches are warmer than what I need down in N. Fla.

WalnutPixie 05-13-2011 05:53 PM

Jacksmama: I know, I love riding in my jeans too. It's so easy and I'm definitely going to miss it. Yoga pants are an interesting idea though! I'll keep that in mind. . .

DaraT:
That must have been one heck of a saddle! Most of the Western riders I know ride in jeans and I wonder if the saddles are just tougher than English ones?

MHFoundation Quarters:
That is a great idea, I never thought of wearing my under armor for riding! I bet that under a pair of sweat pants I would be really warm. Thanks for suggesting to buy them now, I think I may just do that.

kitten_Val: I got a Corbette; Charles De Kunffy. I haven't ridden in it yet but I sat in it at the tack shop and it is very comfortable. It really holds my legs underneath me with the leg rolls and the flaps are long enough to accommodate my long thighs. It was new but a few years old and I suspect discontinued because it was on sale for very cheap. Sorry, I can't help but go into detail because I'm so exited about it :D

Thank you everyone for the suggestions! I feel much better now that I have some options.

WalnutPixie 05-13-2011 06:01 PM

Opus thank you! I was wondering if such a thing existed but I searched the web and couldn't find it. I'll have to start saving up for a pair those; they look adorable.

gigem88 05-18-2011 05:37 PM

I ride in breeches, they are soooo much easier to get off than jeans when you're all sweaty.

EmilyandNikki 05-18-2011 08:02 PM

I ride in breeches, you might be able to find some sweat pants with weird seams and there is also riding tights. But personally I love my breeches.


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