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post #141 of 155 Old 10-20-2013, 10:47 PM
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[QUOTE=its lbs not miles;3920889 Ok, if you're old enough....Shari and Lamb Chop (and of course Charlie Horse).[/QUOTE]


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Oh I'm old enough, loved Lamb Chop
I'm 21 and love Lamb Chop too! Best little lamb ever!

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Notice how she was referring to the extra loose material. Without the halfchap there would still be loose material. Ergo it's not the halfchap causing the issues.
But if you use leggings like the ones I use the material isn't loose under it. Ergo it doesn't move and therefore shouldn't chap.

It's all academic since I don't want women to stop wearing spandex. I think all women should be wearing tight little riding pants (not breeches...they require boots or something on the lower leg whereas pants you have the option) and riding their bums off (sorry about the British terms....the ex was a Brit so it became part of the vocabulary).
Any excuse they want to give is fine by me. Just as long as I don't have to wear it. I'll be the guy in the hakama and kimono (I wonder if a katana would be too much....I could "borrow" my son's ....I think he's stopped with iado by now).

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I'm 21 and love Lamb Chop too! Best little lamb ever!

21, you were still a child when Shari died. Must be close to 15 years now. Latter 90's if memory serves. I remember her from the 60's. I don't believe she was all that old when she died. At least she sure didn't look it.

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But if you use leggings like the ones I use the material isn't loose under it. Ergo it doesn't move and therefore shouldn't chap.

It's all academic since I don't want women to stop wearing spandex. I think all women should be wearing tight little riding pants (not breeches...they require boots or something on the lower leg whereas pants you have the option) and riding their bums off (sorry about the British terms....the ex was a Brit so it became part of the vocabulary).
Any excuse they want to give is fine by me. Just as long as I don't have to wear it. I'll be the guy in the hakama and kimono (I wonder if a katana would be too much....I could "borrow" my son's ....I think he's stopped with iado by now).
Breeches/riding tights can be like leggings, lol! That's my whole point. They move with you, no bunching up.

Finally we have an agreement, haha
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Breeches/riding tights can be like leggings, lol! That's my whole point. They move with you, no bunching up.

Finally we have an agreement, haha
For the purpose you use them for. I don't use my leggings to prevent chafing since I won't chafe without them.

I use them because I never know when I'll find myself bushwhacking (or sometimes I know that's what I'll be doing ) and they protect my lower leg from injury if we brush a tree, catch a vine or whatever. I have forgotten them before and just take my chances then. That's why I'm wearing heavy duty, leather, military leggings and not these fancy, showing types that don't protect as well. I need something that will prevent my shins and calves from getting skinned up underneath my pants. while I could see if I can find a pair of my old reenacting trousers, which would work too, but they cost more than a few pairs of jeans or khakis so I'd rather not add to their wear (although heaven knows I'll probably never use them again otherwise.....maybe I'll dig them up for Winter riding on cold days).

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[QUOTE=its lbs not miles;3921049]But if you use leggings like the ones I use the material isn't loose under it. Ergo it doesn't move and therefore shouldn't chap.

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Aren't we talking about loose material chafing?! LOL. This is so entertaining...I really should be studying for my biochem midterm tomorrow instead of spending hours reading the horse forum!
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I'll add my two cents into the pot, for the record I am a woman.

I wear jeans when riding (riding western) and I have never had a problem getting chaffed, rubbed raw etc except when I was first learning to ride years ago. I never ride for short periods of time, as i've said a few times before I worked for a horse trader for eight years. I spend the vast majority of the day from 9AM to 5PM (7 or 8PM in the summer) in the saddle. I wasn't just plodding around either, the majority of these horses were rank things that needed a LOT of schooling to be solid sellable citizens.

I do not have tough skin, in fact my legs are very sensitive. As a teenager I gained 20lbs in one week after getting a steroid injection to help chronic pain after I broke my femur, I went from roughly 95lbs to 115lbs. As a result I have very bad stretch marks on my inner thighs that are quite sensitive, riding in jeans has never bothered me. The ONLY time I have ever been uncomfortable in the least is days that i'm lazy about shaving my legs and my calf stubble rubs the inside of my boots.

The vast majority of my jeans come from Pac Sun. My jeans have very flat seams that do not stick up at all, even after hours of riding and sweat in all kinds of unspeakable places I can not feel the seams of my jeans as I ride. They are also nice and stretchy, and I wear boot cut jeans that are tight through the thigh and knee, flaring slightly to then go over my boots. I am able to do the splits in my jeans without a problem as well as do functional things such as mounting. I am 5'0 and I can mount 17 hand horses from the ground without a problem in my jeans. I have also never had a problem with my jeans bunching up as I ride.

The ONLY complaint I have about my jeans is that they are not designed for riding and are made from thinner denim. The jeans I ride in need to be replaced more often than my other jeans as they get worn quite thin after a couple of years.

For everyone complaining so much about jeans, what the heck kind of jeans are you wearing so I don't ever accidentally buy some?
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I don't think there's such a problem if you wear light fabric jeans or stretch jeans, I often ride in cut offs with half chaps in the summer - but they're a stretch fabric
As someone who's ridden in the old fashioned baggy breeches, jeans and stretch breeches the last come out on top every time for comfort because they allow for movement without needing extra fabric that's going to twist around your legs and bunch up at the back of the knee
I imagine western riders don't have the same problems as they ride with a straighter leg
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post #150 of 155 Old 10-21-2013, 03:42 PM
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D'ya think seamless leggings would be OK for an inexpensive riding pant? I am a heavier person, so actual riding breeches in my size are...very pricey. I'm eyeballing a pair lined with fleece, too, for the winter!
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