, I used to buy them for $14.88. They have slowly gone up in price:
They are the lower grade Wranglers. Thinner material than the good ones, but also half the price. I find half the price gets me 3/4 of the wear, so that is what I buy. As a rule, when looking for my wife, it seems anything marketed for women costs more. But I just looked and Walmart has a variety of women's jeans for $20.
In honesty, my lack of problem may be rooted in my being a bit of a slob rider, riding more by feel than by rules of equitation. My legs go wherever they feel like going, which may include doing whatever is needed to keep the seams from rubbing. An old back injury seems to show up in my riding a bit twisted, but I've been riding Bandit for 4 years and he has long since ceased to care - if he ever did. My left leg and foot and probably body are always a bit twisted when viewed from head on...but riding the same horse all the time means he accepts what I do, just as I accept his oddities. My goals for equitation can be summarized as staying on while not interfering with his motion. If I aspired to be more, maybe my legs would start rubbing:
bsms, Your riding style is like mine- except I call it "point A to point B while staying on still." lol
I don't have the pain and twisting issues yet, thankfully.
And those jeans you mention from Walmart are some of the only ones that easily fit my husband, as they keep the inseams shorter while still being 28-29 waists. Nutty how hard they are to find at those proportions!
OP: I second/third the Q baby jeans. I used to have issues with bad thigh rubs from the seams. They pretty much rubbed up my entire leg. Until I bought a pair or 2 of the Q baby riding jeans. They removed some of the bulk in their seams. I don't think it has cut down on the wear-life of the jean itself, as the denim is quite thick still. I am not thick or thin, size wise, but I do think that the thinner seams have helped!
The elastic on the waist helps to keep them tighter to me as well, preventing plant matter going down my back as well. And they don't slip down as easily.
I tried English breeches, but the chaps won't go over western boots very well, and I got tired of crap down my boots from riding in the trees and brush. Plus there isn't as much skin protection in said trees either!