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post #1 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Because wardrobe is terribly important..

I grew up riding and showing stock horses. Jeans, a cowboy hat, and a button down were standard; helmets, laughable and tight pants, ridiculous. Time and age has wised me up a bit; my other half and I started wearing helmets last year. Now I just trail ride and comfort is key. The problem is that I can't stand jeans (really, I hate pants, but jeans are the worst). I work in scrubs (yay for working in PJs), typically wear dresses or skirts for daily wear, and for riding at home, I wear yoga/athletic pants. I hate the sloppy look that seems to come with yoga pants and boots. Plus, yoga pants tend to be a little slippery in my smooth seat ranch saddle. Do any of you haul out and trail ride in just yoga pants? The ones I have are all bootcut and I wear Ariat ropers with them.. ha


I have some questions about breeches or riding tights. Are they comfortable? I've seen some people who ride English swear that jeans are much more comfortable, but I've always pictured them as equestrian yoga pants. Am I completely wrong? Got a recommendation for something comfy for those of us with generous lower halves?


Are tall boots a must? Got a boot recommendation for someone with a wide calf (16-17") who never plans on showing in them? Would half chaps and the shorter, what I see called paddock boots, be acceptable? Will I look like a complete fraud wearing English riding attire when I've never taken an English riding lesson in my life? I don't mind having to explain my love of comfort, but I don't want to misrepresent myself too much.
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post #2 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 08:58 AM
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I love my riding breeches and never ride in jeans. I don't know how anyone can be comfortable in jeans, quite honestly, unless they are the stretchy kind. In fact, there are English riding breeches that are made to look like jeans, but are stretchy. I'm hoping to pick up a pair one of these days, if I can find a sale. There are lots of breeches that don't look like breeches. I have two tan pairs for summer, and a black and chocolate brown pair for winter. They're super-comfy and warm!

I do wear yoga pants too sometimes, but the snug-fitting ones, for riding. I don't like to have anything loose on my legs when I'm riding. Helps me grip better, and avoids anything getting caught in saddle flaps. I do wear tall boots, or somethings paddock boots with half-chaps. I don't tuck in my shirt though, so my tummy is well-hidden.

An example of jean breeches (again, I would not be able to get away with a tucked-in shirt, but maybe a loose shirt, and sometimes a vest for cool mornings. These are actually stretch denim, but you can also buy some that are just made of stretchy breech material that is the same colour as jeans. Or go with the classic slimming black breech :)
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And here, I am wearing English boots (my daughter's hand-me-downs) with yoga pants that fit a little looser than I like (you can see bunching at the top of the boot) and a loose shirt. On an Australian saddle with an English bridle (but I usually wear my Western halter/bridle combo for trails). Like you, I mostly do trails, so who cares what I look like?

You can get half-chaps in a variety of sizes and they're not as expensive as tall boots.
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I have a pile of pairs of breeches, and a pile of pairs of soft and stretchy cotton leggings I got on sale for $10-$15. And do you know, I really don't feel much of a difference, unless I'm in grippy full seats breeches. If anything, the cheap leggings are more comfortable, especially on hot days.

I do avoid riding in jeans at all costs, as I find the crotch seam... ummm... highly problematic.
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post #5 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 10:16 AM
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I wear yoga pants & similar, very thin, tight plants. I can't stand being hot n sweating, breeches only on cool days or I'm not in the mood.
I added "puffy paint" to some, you seriously stick then. But I wore those once.

Tall boots are nice if you're on a short horse going through tall thorns. Lol, that's my issue, but again, too hot in them, so I just fold up my legs for the time being. I wear Target boots. I bought 8 or 10 pair so I don't run out & have to try new styles. They're crazy comfy once broken in & they actually fit my foot n leg. All specific equine boots don't fit right unless they are super expensive & I wear the tar outta them, fast. So not worth it.

Wear what you like n that feels comfortable. Who cares what others think?
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post #6 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 10:22 AM
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Yes wardrobe is terribly important - for comfort!

I trail ride (almost) exclusively, so no "standards" I have to adhere to.

I used to ride in scrub pants for a long time - just for the comfort - but they suffer quite a bit and the seams started to become bothersome.
Since I am not a waif and not 20 either, I prefer something that isn't skin tight and I discovered these from smartpak:

They are comfy like yoga pants, come in several colors, give you some extra security if needed, actually look good and have belt loops and pockets! I wear my shirt over them and my Ariat ropers

The only thing: they are on the heavier side, so in summer (I live in the deep South with high humidity) they may be a tad warm... But I've ridden in 90 degree weather without melting
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This is awesome that so many go low key. ha I just worried that I'd look like I was trying to be something I'm not as opposed to a gal who just wants a comfy ride. I hadn't thought of wearing my cotton leggings for riding. The crotches in those aren't so great but as cheap as they are, who on earth cares? We do ride a lot of trails that take us through some rough terrain and sometimes there are some stickers and thorns which is why I wondered about paddock boots and half chaps. The breeches that are stretchy denim are kind of interesting too, thanks for showing those! I've seen what they call jeggins before, but that's a big N-O for me. Those Smartpack bottoms are sharp looking, thanks for mentioning that they're thicker. I'm really appreciating how much comfort means to everyone else too.. It baffles me when people say that denim jeans (for riding or in general! ha) are comfy. I'm short and curvy and low rise jeans are ridiculous, but the ones that aren't, they go up to my boobs when I ride and the seams. Bothersome indeed!

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I'm strictly a jeans guy myself, but my wife's favorite are military fatigue pants. These are my oldest daughter's USMC uniform pants. She didn't want them after she got out, and they are my wife's preference:



Looks uncomfortable to me, but she loves them.

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This is awesome that so many go low key. ha I just worried that I'd look like I was trying to be something I'm not as opposed to a gal who just wants a comfy ride. I hadn't thought of wearing my cotton leggings for riding. The crotches in those aren't so great but as cheap as they are, who on earth cares? We do ride a lot of trails that take us through some rough terrain and sometimes there are some stickers and thorns which is why I wondered about paddock boots and half chaps. The breeches that are stretchy denim are kind of interesting too, thanks for showing those! I've seen what they call jeggins before, but that's a big N-O for me. Those Smartpack bottoms are sharp looking, thanks for mentioning that they're thicker. I'm really appreciating how much comfort means to everyone else too.. It baffles me when people say that denim jeans (for riding or in general! ha) are comfy. I'm short and curvy and low rise jeans are ridiculous, but the ones that aren't, they go up to my boobs when I ride and the seams. Bothersome indeed!
I do have an old "beater" pair of half chaps that I use for trail riding now. They definitely do provide some protection - to both the insides and outsides of your legs! I made the mistake of wearing my relatively new, good leather ones on a trail ride last year and have never had my legs scraped so hard on soooo many trees. Fortunately, being good leather, the damage all buffed out.

As for the tights being cheaper thinner material... Wellll.. Even if they wear out faster, think how many pairs you can buy for the price of breeches! ;)
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So many pockets! Forget about saddle bags.. My other half still has some of his! I might have to try raiding his closet and see what he's got. They'd have to be shortened.. ha


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I'm strictly a jeans guy myself, but my wife's favorite are military fatigue pants. These are my oldest daughter's USMC uniform pants. She didn't want them after she got out, and they are my wife's preference:



Looks uncomfortable to me, but she loves them.
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