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post #1 of 12 Old 06-28-2015, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Jodphurs vs Breeches

Sorry I know this is a really dumb question,

But what is the difference between Jodphurs and Breeches? I know Jodphurs are normally worn with short boots and Breeches with long boots, but what are the differences other wise?


I read somewhere Jodphurs are worn by children and Breeches by adults, is this the case?

I am slowly learning, guys I really am xD
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-28-2015, 08:42 AM
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I'm not exactly sure on the difference either, but as breeches are (generally) shorter they dont have as much bulk around the ankle so are easier to fit comfortably inside long boots. Apart from that.........???
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-28-2015, 08:45 AM
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Jodhpurs are usually cuffed although not always, and have an elastic band that goes under the boot to hold the pant leg in place. They're definitely not just for children. I much prefer them over breeches.

Breeches are designed to go to mid to lower calf and have velcro to customize fit. They're designed to be tucked into and worn with tall boots.

Both are made in adult and children sizes, and depending on your discipline and whether you prefer tall or short boots, each style is acceptable.

You'd never wear breeches in Saddleseat, just as you'd never wear jodhpurs in Hunter Over Fences.

I primarily trail ride, so find jodhpurs and short boots to be more comfortable than breeches and tall boots.
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I always understood the difference being that Jodhpurs are long and can be worn over the boot, where as breeches stop a bit below the knee and are worn under the boot.

In many associations children are not permitted to compete in tall boots until they are 17 or so, meaning that children almost always compete in jodhpurs. However both jodhpurs and breeches can be worn by any age. Many people use jodhpurs for their regular riding, and save their breeches/tall boots for shows.

I'm of the opinion that horse riding gear is very overpriced, so besides a show pair of jodhpurs to pair with my boots and gaiters, I usually just wear $10 black tights/leggings, sometimes layered.
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I'm so confused with everyone's thoughts on this?

Breeches definitely do not stop just below the knee or mid calf =/ I'll admit I am a bit of a breeches hoarder, so own many different brands ...and absolutely none of them end just below the knee or mid calf, same goes for anyone I know that owns breeches (literally every english rider in my area, and we're a huge hunter/jumper area).

Somebody explain?

edit: just did a google search and all I can find is that breeches AND jods used to end just below the knee many many years ago, at least this is what it looks like from the very little bit of info google has. I am sure some are still made that way, but otherwise google turns up breeches/jods that all appear the same and end around the ankle area. If I do an ebay search for jods, regular long versions pop up, but also short knee length and wider ones pop up. If I do a ebay search for breeches all that comes up is slim fitting pants that all would end in the ankle area. So from the looks of it breeches and jods are both generally same length.

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I just call them all riding pants, haha. Breeches absolutely can be worn with paddock boots, with or without half chaps over! I've always thought of jodphurs as being the ones that go down fairly low over the boot with the strap going under the boot to hold in place like with a half chap. Breeches I think of as anything that isn't jodphurs, but I'm probably not up on the technical definition.
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I'm so confused with everyone's thoughts on this?

Breeches definitely do not stop just below the knee or mid calf =/ I'll admit I am a bit of a breeches hoarder, so own many different brands ...and absolutely none of them end just below the knee or mid calf, same goes for anyone I know that owns breeches (literally every english rider in my area, and we're a huge hunter/jumper area).

Somebody explain?

edit: just did a google search and all I can find is that breeches AND jods used to end just below the knee many many years ago, at least this is what it looks like from the very little bit of info google has. I am sure some are still made that way, but otherwise google turns up breeches/jods that all appear the same and end around the ankle area. If I do an ebay search for jods, regular long versions pop up, but also short knee length and wider ones pop up. If I do a ebay search for breeches all that comes up is slim fitting pants that all would end in the ankle area. So from the looks of it breeches and jods are both generally same length.
Well they don't always end mid calf but they do end significantly shorter than jodhpurs. On me ones I tried on ended up a few inches or so below the knee. This was like...15 years ago so who knows. I prefer gaiters so I wear jodhpurs.

I checked out my local saddlery online and they seem to change from the normal material a couple inches below the knee into an elasticated end that is a bit shorter.

Either way, breeches are meant to be worn under boots, where as the jodhpurs are over.
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They are important to know about if you show, but if not, jeans do the trick fine, I say!
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Well they don't always end mid calf but they do end significantly shorter than jodhpurs. On me ones I tried on ended up a few inches or so below the knee. This was like...15 years ago so who knows. I prefer gaiters so I wear jodhpurs.

I checked out my local saddlery online and they seem to change from the normal material a couple inches below the knee into an elasticated end that is a bit shorter.

Either way, breeches are meant to be worn under boots, where as the jodhpurs are over.
maybe this is a regional thing then? everything I can gather from online, and locally, breeches are all long, any anything shorter than ankle length is either very very "old school" or known as jods around here. Interesting!
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Interesting, thank you.

I plan to just wear jeans since I am just starting out, I don't need fancy clothes for simple riding lessons.

Even more so since where I live jodphurs and breeches are $80 a pair at the cheapest, most going over $100, when I get more serious about riding I'll get myself a pair or two.

Though I'm going to buy my own Helmet for sure, the equestrian center I joined loans helmets for free but I'll rather get my own since I know it's never been in a fall or damaged..and I am a little paranoid about sharing any headwear anyway.

And boots of course ^^

Thank you again, this forum answers many of my horse-newbie questions.
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