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post #11 of 30 Old 09-04-2019, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Are jeans that much hotter than leggings?


thin leggings will tear easily, and some will pick up hay bits and hair much more than any jean pant will.


I trail ride in English breeches (a thin synthetic), with a grippy material on the inside of the leg. They don't catch on thorns or branches. They are very hot and don't breath very well. But, I think almost anything will feel hot. I just accept it and move on.


As others have said, your boot needs to have not heavy cleats on the tread, and should be small enough that it fits loosely into the stirrup.


I love my cowboy boots. While I ride English, I still wear them from time to time. So, a purchase of cowboy boots might not be 'wasted' if the hobby doesn't stick.
Yes, they are much hotter for me because they're black fabric skinny jeans that I don't wear anymore. I don't own denim jeans or many pairs of jeans in general. It's not something I can wear for my job so I just haven't bought any in a while lol. And I don't mind getting my leggings dirty. I own a million pairs XD
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Unless your leggings are made of paper, ONE ride should be fine and at least it will give you an idea of whether or not they'll be all right!
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It will be ok to ride in what you have for your first lesson. I ride English but have been on horse treks/trails in Western saddles, and most the other trek participants are wearing a wide range of everyday long pants and shoes.

Going forward if you decide to buy some stuff, have you looked on ebay? I have managed to a lot of my riding stuff for cheap on the equivalent type of online sales website where I live. Like riding tights (Kerrits) for about $30 US for two pairs and boots for about $25 US. I bought my helmet new, but you can borrow them from the lesson place I ride at so I did not need to. I also ended up buying my chaps and gloves new. Chaps, I bought some second hand first, and they really were not a good fit for me, so it was easier to go and buy a new pair where I could get the fit right. Gloves, I get really cold hands (even in summer) and could not find any second hand that were thermal riding gloves, so I bought them new.

Have fun at your lesson!
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It will be ok to ride in what you have for your first lesson. I ride English but have been on horse treks/trails in Western saddles, and most the other trek participants are wearing a wide range of everyday long pants and shoes.

Going forward if you decide to buy some stuff, have you looked on ebay? I have managed to a lot of my riding stuff for cheap on the equivalent type of online sales website where I live. Like riding tights (Kerrits) for about $30 US for two pairs and boots for about $25 US. I bought my helmet new, but you can borrow them from the lesson place I ride at so I did not need to. I also ended up buying my chaps and gloves new. Chaps, I bought some second hand first, and they really were not a good fit for me, so it was easier to go and buy a new pair where I could get the fit right. Gloves, I get really cold hands (even in summer) and could not find any second hand that were thermal riding gloves, so I bought them new.

Have fun at your lesson!

Oh my god, I totally forgot about ebay?? I went on amazon and a bunch of other websites and apps. How could I forget about ebay??? Are the products they sell there reliable? I know some are from random people so I just don't wanna end up paying more for bad quality products. Thank you so much!
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I love boots with a good heel. But if you don't wear the optimum foot wear...tie the shoe loose enough and low enough that your foot can slide out of the shoe. EASILY slide. That way if your foot gets caught in the stirrup in a fall, your foot will (hopefully) come out of your shoe.


My wife doesn't ride often. When she does, it often is in cargo pants:


BTW, I don't own ANY sheep. Or cows. Just dogs, chickens and horses. We were visiting a friend's ranch.
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Thank you! I'm just worried that they'll rip easily just trying to get on the horse. I'll make sure to ask after the lesson so I know for the next lessons.
'Leggins' that I know are all very stretchy pants, not at all likely to rip getting on. Just as others have said, because they're thin material, it's likely they will wear out before a pair of jeans or such.

Not like the time my jeans ripped as I put a foot in the stirrup, right across my cheek! Of course, it had to be in front of a bunch of stockmen who I had to work with for the day, when I was on a cattle station! At least in those days, it was probably a decent view for them!
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You can usually find a pair of used cowboy boots at Goodwill or a Thrift store unless you're a very unusual shoe size.
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I love boots with a good heel. But if you don't wear the optimum foot wear...tie the shoe loose enough and low enough that your foot can slide out of the shoe. EASILY slide. That way if your foot gets caught in the stirrup in a fall, your foot will (hopefully) come out of your shoe.


My wife doesn't ride often. When she does, it often is in cargo pants:


BTW, I don't own ANY sheep. Or cows. Just dogs, chickens and horses. We were visiting a friend's ranch.

You guys look great with the sheep in the background though! You could totally pull off having your own ranch haha! But I never thought of cargo pants--might have to look into that before I go shopping. Thank you!
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'Leggins' that I know are all very stretchy pants, not at all likely to rip getting on. Just as others have said, because they're thin material, it's likely they will wear out before a pair of jeans or such.

Not like the time my jeans ripped as I put a foot in the stirrup, right across my cheek! Of course, it had to be in front of a bunch of stockmen who I had to work with for the day, when I was on a cattle station! At least in those days, it was probably a decent view for them!
I'm sure your little show gave them the will to keep going that day haha! I might try wearing leggings for one lesson and jeans for another, just to see which I like best. I'm really just sensitive to heat and I tend to have heat exhaustion when I wear too many or too thick layers. It's still sort of summer here but it's weirdly transitioning to fall, where the days are shorter but it's still pretty **** warm.
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I ride in jeans, year around. I do have a very thin pair of longer inseam, boot cut, 25.00 jeans (I think Arya? brand?) that I wear mostly in the summer because they feel paper thin, yet they've held up for 5 years with no sign of coming apart yet. Otherwise, I have some thicker, and some thinner, denim Miss Me jeans that I ride in. I select the pair based on the heat outside and the weight of the denim.

Boots: Whatever you ride in, it needs a heel and a slick, or mostly slick, sole. No lug soles. The heel keeps your foot from going through the stirrup, the slick or hybrid sole will keep your boot from being too thick and hanging up in the stirrup if you need to get your foot out in a hurry. This means don't buy a pair of Ariat Fat Babies. They have too thick a sole, those are meant to be work type boots.

Shorts... Ask my son how those go. (Granted he wasn't in cut offs over leggings) He rode in carpenter/cargo shorts and sneakers one time last summer and he KNEW better, but hadn't experienced the why of it. He was chaffed and hurting when we got back. Said he'd never ride in shorts again. It looks cute in music videos and pictures... but it will cause chaffing and I don't think leggings would help.

Shirt - All cotton t shirts or tanks are fine, dry fit type t shirts are even better this time of year. The only time I break out a western shirt is if we're riding in a parade or the grand entry to a rodeo. That's when me and my horse get all dressed up in our finest tack and shirts/jeans/boots. Don't wear one of those types of cute shirts that has a drapey wrap thing in the front btw. (In the back should be fine and breezy) Mine hung on the saddle horn during a dismount at last year's rodeo, and nearly ripped my shirt clean off me! Won't wear that again!

IF you wear a belt - be sure it's at the proper tightness. I've done my belt a hole too loose before, we get to a trot and somehow my belt goes OVER my saddle horn. That's always alarming when it happens.

Your phone (If you're wondering) will squirt out of a back pocket and will get sweaty in your bra (gross). After messing up my phone several times, I bought a cover that has a sliding back to it, I keep my DL and a 20 in there. It then goes in a belt type phone holster with a velcro closure (5.00 from Tractor Supply). It's not the most fashion forward thing in the world, but it works and that's what I needed... a practical solution.


ADDED: I don't know your size 'up top' but be sure you invest in a GOOD athletic bra. I've... uhm. bounced out... of a regular bra before and at a hard gallop, that can put you off balance if you're generously endowed. I learned my lesson there. I have also switched to a well fitted cotton boy leg brief because A. they're breathable, B. they stay in place better.


At the end of the day, western wear for riding should be comfortable, practical, moisture wicking, and protective.
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