Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Bsms, just because you've never experienced chaffing, blistering, rubbing, etc, when wearing jeans does not mean that others haven't and does not make their points any less valid than yours. I'm really not understanding why you are arguing so hard about this.
I have never ridden in actual breeches because 1) I can't afford them and 2) we have one place that carries English attire in our town and they cater to the 5-foot-nothing, 100lbs-soaking-wet crowd, of which I am definitely not a member. So, I go to Walmart and for $13 a pair, I buy stretch denim leggings with an elastic waist in the back and back pockets. They fit similar to how breeches would with a tapered "skinny" leg, so I can easily wear my half chaps over them. They are only slightly less flattering than breeches, mainly because they are made from a thicker denim-like material, so they hide a smidge more than breeches would. I've worn them on four hour trail rides with minimal pinching from the flat inseam, but I have, on occasion, had to adjust them mid-ride because something bunched or pinched and they were just not feeling right.
Before I discovered the leggings at Walmart (and more recently now frat I've gained a ridiculous amount of weight), I rode in jeans. I worked for almost three months at a Girl Scout horse camp, four days per week, from 7am to 6-7pm, schooling horses, supervising trail rides, and helping give group lessons. Most days I went home bruised on the insides of my thighs from the seams of my jeans. Some days, if we'd had more rides or I'd had to school more horses, I would be rubbed raw and/or blistered. I went on one trail ride at my old barn on one of the dude string horses in an old hard seat roping saddle that was too big for me on a horse that was a rough ride while I was wearing jeans. That was the day I went to Walmart to find a better alternative because I couldn't even stand to walk after that ride due to how badly my jeans had chaffed me. I've ridden once in jeans since I gained all the weight last year and I swore to myself I'd find at least leggings in my size before I rode again.
For the record, I do not, nor have I ever, worn skin tight jeans or "with the waist 2" above the crotch," whether I was riding or not. I don't like that look on me or anyone else, quite frankly.
I played soccer for years. I've played pick-up games in jeans and bare feet. I've played games in a uniform and cleats. I've played in sweat pants, running shoes, with shin guards and without. None of the equipment or clothing (or lack thereof) affected my ability to play, but it did affect my comfort. By far, soccer shorts, shin guards, two pairs of soccer socks (one under the shin guards and one over) and cleats was the most comfortable. As a (relative) fat kid, soccer shorts looked appalling on me (especially our white away game shorts), but I wore them anyway. Why? Because they were more comfortable. If an article of clothing is made specifically for a sport (and I know everyone on this forum agrees that riding horses is a sport), there was probably a reason behind it's development and use. A lot of times that reason is protection, but a lot of times it's also for comfort and practicality.
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