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post #21 of 29 Old 06-10-2013, 01:34 PM
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I'm going to my first lesson pretty soon, but wouldn't it look weird to see a guy bouncing up and down on a horse in a very proper manner?
If you look at the upper level showjumpers, the majority are male, most that spring to mind are men, the Whitakers (bar Ellen), Tim Stockdale, Nick Skelton, Ben Mayer, Scott Brash, William Funnell. These are the top riders in the industry, and most are men.

If polo is what you are interested in, it is dominated by men, as it was played by soldiers in India, where it was then brought back to Britain. Here in England, I would be more surprised to see a girl on a polo team than I would be to see a guy on a horse.

If it eases your worries, I work at a riding stables in the holidays, and we recently had to young lads (late teens/early twenties) take up riding, and they love it. It can be intimidating at first as yards tend to be dominated by young girls, but they won't bat an eyelid at seeing a guy turn up - and hey, you never know, you might meet a girl! Why most of the lads I know who go to shows do so, for all the girls
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If you are truly bouncing up and down there is nothing proper about it and it is a very poor show of manners to the horse, and likely to incur the wrath of your instructor if you don't fix it quickly. Posting a trot is correct and would be done by all English riders and not in the least strange. Stop worrying about what you LOOK like and get on a horse. How far are you from Vershire?
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If you are truly bouncing up and down there is nothing proper about it and it is a very poor show of manners to the horse, and likely to incur the wrath of your instructor if you don't fix it quickly. Posting a trot is correct and would be done by all English riders and not in the least strange. Stop worrying about what you LOOK like and get on a horse. How far are you from Vershire?
An hour and a half.
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Breeches go down to the ankle, at least all the breeches I've bought and worn, same for my son. Western - both sexes wear jeans. You can find some more tailored to riding and there are breeches made of stretch denim if that is what you want but I've only seen girls in those. English - if you are just starting out a pair of well fitting, comfortable jeans until you are sure this is what you want to do is totally acceptable for lessons (in this area) and boots with a 1" heel to prevent sliding through the stirrup. If you get serious and decide to show or take more advanced lessons then your instructor may require them for lessons but you will be required to wear them for shows. Again -They aren't cheap. I've only seen one wear riding pants out in public and it was for Halloween.
Mind showing me a link to some ? as Ive done alot of searching and have found nadda, nix nein frankenstein
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Future, are you really this self-conscious and insecure? How many threads do you need?

I don't mean to sound rude, but geez. Stop worrying about how men LOOK riding English! They DON'T look weird or gay or anything like that. Again, like you have been told, a huge number of the best international ENGLISH riders are MALE.

To answer your question, many men DO wear breeches because of the comfort they give. Generally in English you are going to be "moving" a lot more in your saddle, whether posting or two-point. Some jeans can feel constricting and the seams can cause chaffing. Breeches have stretch and give. But of course, it is mostly personal preference. However, some riding schools won't allow you to ride in jeans because the seams and rivets can damage saddles.

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Some jeans can feel constricting and the seams can cause chaffing. Breeches have stretch and give.
I just wear lightweight cotton sweats: pretty much total freedom of movement, and nothing to chafe.
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Joe here is a link Shires Equestrian Breeches - Men's, Full Seat and Front Zip Full Seat Breeches | EQUESTRIAN COLLECTIONS.COM they are at the ankle. I've not seen shorter than this length. I'm sure depending on your inseam they could land a little higher or lower.
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post #28 of 29 Old 06-12-2013, 09:48 AM
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those are well above ankles and some serious high waters even on the guy in the picture. Most I have seem tend to run 27-28" inseam.
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http://www.equestriancollections.com...upcode=HZ00784

^I like these. They look like something a respectable English gentleman would wear.
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