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    10-05-2012, 12:31 PM
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Foal
Jeans question from a man

Hi.

I have ridden English for the past 2 years, but I'm still a beginner. Long story, but my instructor wants me to ride Western for awhile to improve my balance and to get my seat better.

What kind of jeans are best? I always have worn breeches and tall boots.

Does it matter where the seam on the pants is? Pronounced seam on the inside - will it rub badly?

I have a lot of cowboy boots, so that's not an issue.
     
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    10-05-2012, 12:45 PM
  #2
Banned
Why can't you wear your breeches? There's no law that says you can't wear breeches while riding in a Western saddle.

I also don't understand riding in a Western saddle to improve your balance and seat, since English and Western disciplines are miles apart when it comes to those two things.
     
    10-05-2012, 12:56 PM
  #3
Yearling
I agree with speed racer,

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"...
     
    10-05-2012, 01:36 PM
  #4
Foal
thanks!

Thanks for the info on the jeans. I might still wear my breeches.

I'm not sure about the whole balance thing western vs. English either, but I'm a novice. I'm taking a wait and see approach to the whole deal.
     
    10-05-2012, 03:14 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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.
     
    10-05-2012, 03:28 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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.
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    10-05-2012, 03:41 PM
  #7
Trained
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...
     
    10-09-2012, 11:31 AM
  #8
Foal
Thanks

Thanks, all, for the info.

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.
     
    10-09-2012, 11:54 AM
  #9
Trained
If money is an issue, go with what
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    10-09-2012, 12:03 PM
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Trained
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Originally Posted by waresbear    
If money is an issue, go with what
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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!
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