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post #11 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 12:05 PM
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why don't you buy a pair of chinks? you can throw those on over any sort of tight or pants.
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post #12 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 12:34 PM
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When schooling polo I wear skinny jeans inside Olathe's. The old, good Olathe's. 18" tops. Western styling. I wear those jeans/boots when working cattle if not wearing chaps. I wear this when schooling hunters over fences, or legging up ranch horses, or a horse someone wants to take to the mountains for the first time.

I wear a pair of lined winter breeches with a larger pair of boots under chaps, if riding a long time in the winter.
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post #13 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 12:37 PM
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bsms...your wife is brilliant!


I love my half chaps. Whatever you wear, be comfortable!
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post #14 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 12:53 PM
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When I lived in the desert, I rode in stretchy leggings (stirrup pants from the 1980's) all the time. But when I moved to the mountains I had to quit riding in them as the trees and bush tore them up real bad. I would come home from rides with huge gashes in my pants.

Now I ride in stretchy jeans. They work well and only occasionally get tore up. I just get them at Kmart, so nothing made especially for riding and I've never had trouble with the seams. I've been lucky that way I guess. But I hate traditional jeans that do not have any stretch. Those are not comfortable and very annoying to me. And rough. I'm sure seams would rub me on those!

I own a pair of chinks but don't like riding in them for a couple of reasons. #1, I live in Arizona and they are hot. So if I wear them they are usually in the winter. #2, they are heavy. And I am heavy. And my western saddle is heavy. So I don't like adding the extra weight to my poor horse. They also don't protect your lower legs from brush and I have the bad habit of riding in tennis shoes, not boots, so I've got some pretty bad scrapes to my lower legs wearing chinks. But that's my fault for not wearing boots. (I don't like boots because I have big calves and they never seem to fit properly. Plus then I would need tall socks and they are always too tight too. Tennis shoes are just cheap, easy and comfortable for me).

So I guess the main deciding factor for me would be if you have to worry about brush and tree limbs where you ride. If not, wear anything that's comfortable. :)
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post #15 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 01:36 PM
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In my experience, chinks only work as they were originally intended. Worn with tall boots, jeans tucked inside.

The country they were intended for was too hot to make long chaps comfortable or necessary. And chinks still afforded protection for one's pants when roping. Dally roping. The sliding rope, whether maguey or reata, will wear a hole in material quick.
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I think chinks will get a little warm in MN during our humid summers. These last two days in the 90's with crazy humidity have me dreaming of winter already.. ha The cold never bothered me anyway.. :P I might consider them for this fall!


Half chaps and paddock boots seem like the cheapest way to go to begin. If I find I love them, I might look into tall field boots. I have muscular calves (and wide feet from years of wearing barefoot shoes.. ha) so I'd be shocked if Olathe's would work for me but they seem like they'd be perfect otherwise!
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post #17 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 02:27 PM
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I personally find my riding breeches really comfortable. The only reason why I sometimes complain about them is because of the heat. When it's summer and it's baking outside, the last thing you fancy wearing are some tight breeches. Unfortunately this also happens with long boots and if you wear riding socks. But regarding comfort, they are comfortable to wear and ride in.
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post #18 of 75 Old 06-11-2017, 07:20 PM
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Breeches are very comfortable and come in all sorts of colors, I have plain black, plaid, jean, and even these......
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post #19 of 75 Old 06-12-2017, 10:52 AM
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Personally, I can't stand riding in anything with seams on the inside of the leg as I wind up with rubs. I ride in tights and half chaps, as tights without half chaps don't last long in the stickerbush-filled places I ride. I like the synthetic fibers because they generally are a lot stronger and cooler than cotton, but they can be on the slippery side if they don't have any additional patches or grippy bits.

My current favorites are Kerrit's Ice Fils as they have a pocket on both legs and grippy bits that help you stick without rubbing (they also come in boot cut):




What I ride in likely qualifies as weird to most people (including many riders!), but it is comfy and functional for me:




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post #20 of 75 Old 06-12-2017, 11:05 AM
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I trail ride in a dressage saddle. I love riding tights-never ride in anything else. The very few times I've ridden in jeans when I happened to swing by the barn unexpectedly coming from somewhere else, I found that very uncomfortable.

I am short (5'3ish) with short legs, small feet, and unfortunate man calves. Kerrits brand fits me the best of the riding tights, though even they are a tad too long so I have to be careful the tights don't bunch around my ankles. Online tack shops like Smartpak or Dover often have great end-of-season sales on them as long as you don't mind weird colors like plum

Given said man calves and tiny feet, boots are problematic. I can't find any tall boots that fit me and there's no reason to custom order since I don't show. The one exception are a particular style Ariat of insulated winter riding boots, which just barely stretch enough to zip up. I wear them from Dec through March. In the summer, I just have basic Ariat paddock boots and use Dublin Easy Care half chaps (again, the only option I have found that is short enough to not come up over my knee but wide enough to zip).

It took me awhile to find what was most comfortable, but once I did, it made shopping super easy because now I just replace what I have when it wears out with the same thing!

PS- @secuono : if you're on Facebook, check out "Safe Riders Gear," they're a company in Vermont that makes most of their stuff in the US and has hi vis breeches, vests, and other brightly colored/reflective stuff for horses and riders.
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