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post #1 of 93 Old 02-17-2019, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Explain breeches to me

So, I've been riding for about a year now, and doing mostly English since April / May. I ride in whatever is comfortable and can get dirty -- like track pants or hemp/cotton pants in the summer, corduroys in the winter, and whatever shirt is comfortable. Dover had a sale so I just bought a pair of breeches. I don't get it. They are like a ponte knit pant, tight but stretchy, and thick. They are thick enough to no doubt be unbearably hot in the summer, and tight enough so that I think I'd quickly lose body heat if it were cold. They have a patch of fake suede in the inside knee.

My question is, aside from shows where there is a written dress code, why would I wear these things rather than comfortable pants? I mean, what is the point? This isn't a rhetorical question -- I am honestly wondering, am I missing something? If I don't ever want to show, is there any reason I would buy breeches rather than continuing to wear normal pants?

While I'm asking, when I look at breeches online I see there are different styles, like full seat. Anyone want to explain that to me?
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I canít answer the question as I only ride English for fun occasionally. I do have breeches though! I have a blue pair that is actually very warm. It also has some sort of stickies in the seat and legs. If I ride English on a cold day I use them. They are very comfortable.

I have another pair that is so cool in the summer I wish I wouldnít feel like a moron if I rode them just riding. They were made to be cool and it is like the breeze just goes right through them! I love them.

I have a couple other pairs that are give or take. Really I donít know why I own any, as all my English riding is just for fun, but they are comfortable.
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I love my breeches. But all breeches are NOT created equal. I did buy a pair of breeches on sale, and absolutely hated them. Maybe you got one of those pairs :)

I have about 6 pairs. Two are winter weight, 4 are summer. But I'm gradually losing them to my daughter because we wear the same size now. That's ok, she's only 14, and will probably get taller so I'll end up with all her hand-me-downs from now on.

Once I put on my breeches for riding, I wear them all day. That's how comfortable they are to me. They're like wearing yoga pants.

I only have one pair of full-seat breeches since most just have the knee patches. I like the knee patches, but don't feel the full-seat breeches give much added grip really. And this is coming from someone who has ridden through, and fallen off, her share of spooks. So when I buy them, I don't care about the full-seat ones. What I do look for is really stretchy material. Not that sorta stretchy fabric.

But really, ride in what makes you comfortable. I like my breeches a lot. So much so, that I'd wear them everyday if I could. They're like leggings to me. But if you prefer riding in something else, then do so.
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I'm not crazy about knee patch breeches. I don't think knee patch breeches really give you any more advantage than any pair of stretchy tights.

But a pair of nice full seat breeches are super comfy, protect your bits somewhat, and can help make you feel a lot more secure in the saddle. I have three pairs of full seats that I loooooooooovvvvvvve, and I don't ride in anything else. Ideally the fabric is snug enough that you don't have any bunching or chafing happening anywhere, which is a real advantage instead of something like jeans. Also, with the snug fit of breeches, you can use them with half chaps or tall boots, which help you ride comfortably in English saddles, as they don't have stirrup fenders like Western saddles. Trying to get half chaps or snug boots on over not-tight pants sounds awful.

This is the brand of full seats I have. They're pretty affordable, as they go, and they are comfy, grip well, and all the ones I've bought have lasted me this far. (Photo shows the knee patch version, but this IS the link for the full seats!)

https://www.picovs.ca/product/tuscan...inued-colours/
https://www.picovs.ca/product/tuscan.../#!prettyPhoto
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@SteadyOn so full seat breeches have sticky material in the seat to help you stay on? If so, would that make posting more difficult?

Also, the link you sent, do those run TTS? If I have a 26 inch waist, I'd buy the size 26?

@Knave could you possibly post a link to those breeches that feel like the wind is going through them? It might make riding almost bearable here in the summer. Or tell me what brand they are and where I could find them? My hemp/cotton pants are lightweight and narrow cut enough to put half chaps over, and they are pretty cool in the summer, but what you are describing sounds even better.
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Iíll look and see if I can find them on my order history on Amazon. I think I just bought them before last summer. Let me check for you.
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These are them:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00LN...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They are out of stock right now, but it looked like different colors might be available.
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@Knave thank you so much!
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@SteadyOn so full seat breeches have sticky material in the seat to help you stay on? If so, would that make posting more difficult?

Also, the link you sent, do those run TTS? If I have a 26 inch waist, I'd buy the size 26?
Not actually sticky, just textured. These have a suede-like material that just gives you extra friction in the saddle. Not a ton of extra grip, but sometimes just that little bit extra can make a difference in a hairy moment! I've never had an issue with posting in them, or with shifting my seat around intentionally.

There are silicone grip ones out there too, which I would think would have more of an actually sticky feel, but I have yet to try them!

I haven't measured my waist in ages, but I think they're pretty true to size.
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Full Seats are designed for dressage, to help you keep your rear stuck in the saddle at a medium and extended trot. Breeches are designed without seams inside the leg and crotch....this is important when you are riding many miles in one day!

I am not crazy about full seat....I find then hot, and uncomfortable, since I donít ride those gaits anymore, and do a LOT of barn cleaning and walking wearing breeches.

I donít like cotton in the summer. It stays sodden and gets hotter and saggier as the day goes on. My best summer breeches are from tropicalrider.com. I am fine with no kneepatch, but I choose them out of the clearance section, and beggars canít be choosy....stay away from the deerskin, as it gets stiff if not given special care.
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