Inappropriate riding attire?
This may be an odd situation but I am itching to get opinions on a situation I am in.
At the beginning of this year I was got the opportunity to start riding as an exercise rider at the racetrack near me. I come from a hunter/jumper background, so I prefer to ride in breeches.
Back when I started I would receive multiple comments from both men and women that I should ride in jeans. Polite, but often very backhanded comments. I would usually just respond politely and laugh it off, not really unstanding what the issuse was. While I did notice I am the only one who wears breeches, I didn’t really see why it was an issue to ride in the clothing that I’m comfortable riding in. At the end of the day everyone has their preference on riding attire and come from different riding backgrounds.
These comments have become less frequent but every now and then someone will tell me that if I want to start being able to ride for more trainers I should start wearing jeans. I don’t understand why my ATTIRE vs. my riding ability would have anything to do with that.
Today, a fellow exercise rider who has become a friend of mine made a similar comment and told me that everyone at the track talks about me and my breeches and how they are inappropriate and distracting. He said that since this is a different style of riding I should wear what everyone else wears.
I am honestly just looking for opinions on whether I should just adapt and wear jeans or if other people think it’s ridiculous that I’m being treated this way - as far as unessarily sexulizing common riding attire. I just PREFER to ride in breeches and it’s frusterating and offensive that I continue to receive comments. It is not just a few people, it seems everyone feels the need to tell me I should wear jeans.
I understand this is a unique question but I appreciate your thoughts and opinions!