Jeans if worn with western chaps are very stick and will help you hold your seat especially in high performance manuvers. Otherwise plain jeans are fine; I've even heard of some young ladies even wearing their expensive designer jeans to shovel poop in, LOL! Personally, I prefer the full seat breech because of how comfy and nonconstrictive they are but when I ride western I rarely wear them or chaps for that matter as it isn't that important to me and my balance in pretty good. For that matter I have a hard time recalling very many people who rode western religiously (wouldn't touch an english saddle with a 40' pole) wearing anything but the wranglers and touted "the leather branded label"...
I have ridden both disciplines, but started riding w/a Western saddle. After the first few rides in jeans-where I was bruised & abraded,I just don't wear jeans no matter what type of saddle I'm riding in.once I found breeches that is what I prefer, but any smooth seamed pant is better than jeans. If going into the show ring-I wore the polyester "show" pants w/chaps & that worked. Jeans are fine when I'm mucking around, but if I'm getting on a horses' back-no Jeans! Wear what you are comfortable in-I just love my tall boots-they've saved my legs a number of times.
The only problem I had wearing jeans was with the seam on the butt. That was when I first started riding. So I don't know if it was from me learning to ride or just from the saddle. I bought a seat saver pad and didn't have any more issues. Posted via Mobile Device
I wear the $15.88 Wranglers from Wal-Mart. The seam is on the leg, and I've never felt it. I have some Levi 501s, but I figure jeans that run $30 are my "Go to church" jeans...
Western saddle for seat:
If someone has confidence issues or a squirrely horse, then a western saddle - a deep one, with a horn to grab when the horse hits the fan - can be a good deal. I think it is easier to relax in a western saddle, and that can do wonders for one's seat.
Personally, I normally use this:
It rides almost identically to my Bates Caprilli CC, but with more security in case I do something wrong. My western saddle, a Circle Y Mojave, positions my legs very differently than the other saddles. Pretty much everything I do in the Aussie-style saddle carries over to when I use an English one, but I feel a significant difference with my Circle Y. All just IMHO. I'm not a trainer or instructor, just a fat old guy with 3 horses...
I rode western yesterday. I felt very comfortable, and for the first time, I could really feel my legs around the horse, so it was a very positive experience. Very different from English, but a nice solid ride overall! I wore breeches and tall boots.
If money is an issue, go with what Posted via Mobile Device
Stupid iPod!! Go with the cheap Wally's World wranglers, the seams won't rub your legs raw. If you want a better fit & a nicer lookin' butt, (women do look you know!), go to a proper western wear store & try on wranglers from there, although they are the same brand they are sewn differently & made in a different country, tailored better. If you don't care about dressing the part, stick with the breeches, they work! Posted via Mobile Device