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post #21 of 75 Old 06-12-2017, 03:22 PM
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Erogan, if you have small enough feet (I wear 6 in women's) I buy boys boots to wear. I also have man calf so I have found Ariat Workhogs are short enough not to come over my calf. It used to be that the fatbabys came in boys and girls but they have gone to all girls on those.

I tend to wear jeans to ride maybe because I have never tried anything else to know that it is more uncomfortable.
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post #22 of 75 Old 06-12-2017, 03:40 PM
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I love this thread! I have been having the same conversation with myself. I find most jeans way too constricting (can't mount from ground), and I just wore out a stretchy pair of jeans after a short time of use. So at the moment, it is breeches and Ariat Fatbaby boots with my western saddle. lol. It is quite a sight! I am glad that I am not the only one trying to figure out what to wear! I am planning on a purchase of paddock boots and half chaps at some point in the near future.
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post #23 of 75 Old 06-12-2017, 03:51 PM
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I wish I could wear my riding pants every day! They are very comfortable. I can't remember what brand they are, but I think they're the Dover brand. I bought them when they had their annual tent sale. I think I paid $25 for the knee patch breeches and $30 for the full seat. Personally I wouldn't recommend a full seat breech (even though it would help you stay in the saddle) for all day riding as I find that I can always feel the seam that attaches the different material in the seat part. That would get irritating for a long period of time.

I also have a couple of pairs of riding tights. They are a little slicker than the breeches, but much cooler in the summer. I have some Devonaire (I think they are the Versailles) tights and some Kerrits tights. Also, bought during a big sale and on clearance. I wait and watch for sales as usually full price on these is too much.

I am bottom-heavy with large calves so I can attest to all of those listed above that I wear are very comfortable in the thigh/calf regions.

Paddock boots and half chaps are a must for me. Mainly because of the large calf issue. It's really hard to find tall boots that will zip up around my calves. In fact I have yet to find any other than my winter boots - and I can't remember what brand they are now. Mountain something. Plus with the half chaps when you're done riding and you're just cleaning up and it's hot, you can remove the chaps and get some air on your legs. I've only gone on a few trail rides with them and they've held up well. But I didn't get brushed up against too many trees. However I have been brushed up against the railing in the arena quite a few times and they don't show any marks from it.
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post #24 of 75 Old 06-12-2017, 06:26 PM
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I am probably the most low-key-could-care-less-what-I -look-like hard core trail rider on this forum.

I retired and haven't been able to ride for several years.

I was a serious trail rider, often riding where there weren't any trails. Slide down river banks swim across ------ bareback -----in shorts, tank top and over the ankle (think basketball) tennis shoes.

I hate boots. They have always pinched my feet and/or just about set my feet on fire in the summer.

I still have an old pair of Fuzzy Logic boot cut pants with elastic waist band for when it would get below 40 F. Sadly that company went out of business. I have a new pair of boot cut elastic waist from Tough-1. They fit smaller -- blech.

But if I were still trail riding, I would still ride bareback. In shorts, tank top and over the ankle solid tennis shoes. In colder weather, long elastic waist band boot cut pants, and a t-shirt over the tank top.

The serious trail traders I know all agree that comfort is way ahead of looking like one just stepped out of Western Horseman or The Chronicle, lollol
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post #25 of 75 Old 06-12-2017, 07:03 PM
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So far, what works for me are Kerrits riding tights and Ariat Terrain half chaps and boots (ankle boots, look more like hiking boots than riding boots. Protection, comfort. not too hot at least in my climate, and really fairly snazzy looking. Jeans are hot, rub, and have no grab. I ride in a dressage saddle.
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post #26 of 75 Old 06-12-2017, 09:38 PM
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A friend of mine rides in sweat pants, cowboy boots and white tee shirt (guy).

In a group of my friends: two ride in Wrangler jeans with paddock boots and half chaps. One rides in breeches and tall boots, one rides in breeches, paddock boots and half chaps. The girl in the photo above wears breeches and muck boots. I wear stretch jeans because tight pants and I don't go well together, with half chaps and paddock boots (green shirt above). All of the above combos work in english saddles for their various riders. One friend rode in stretch pants until she made a rule: "No slippery pants." She got swooshed off a couple times.
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post #27 of 75 Old 06-14-2017, 12:29 AM
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Have you considered riding tights?

If you are comfortable in normal tights/leggings you will love them, I wear them every ride with just boots/half chaps, I find it looks stylish and is so comfortable, I hate jeans, to constricting and I find baggy pants can be a pain as well, you can get riding tights with or without a sticky seat, I have them with a full seat and love them. I have these;

Bare Equestrian : Performance Riding Apparel

Not sure if they ship world wide, but a lot of brands are doing riding tights now.
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post #28 of 75 Old 06-14-2017, 02:48 AM
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For trail riding, I wear what maybe are yoga pants in summer. (I buy them second hand at thrift stores). Maybe they are cycling pants? Anyway, they are light, have no zippers , somewhat stretchy, and very cool and comfortable.
When it gets colder, I ride in sweat pants. I find jeans way to hot in summer, plus a pain, when you need those 'tree breaks, LOL!
I also don't trail ride in regular western or English boots., although when it gets really cold, I ride with winter riding boots, like the the ones Muck boot makes (hate the ones with zippers, as I had one zipper fail, when boots were not that old, and might as well buy a new pair , as try and get that zipper re placed ) I also found them too tight, if you tried to wear thick socks
Yes, I have ridden many many trail miles in jeans, just found what works better over the years!

And, a flash from the past-how about those red jeans!

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post #29 of 75 Old 06-14-2017, 03:01 AM
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When I trail ride,a s opposed to just riding out, I also have saddle and pommel bags.
I carry lunch, emergency supplies for both myself and my horse, camera, hoof boot, in case I loose a shoe something to drink, a slicker,extra coat

Well, on day rides, I have been known to leave my slicker behind,until I once again get caught in an un expected rain storm, several miles in, then vow to never leave it at the trailer again!
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post #30 of 75 Old 06-14-2017, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by demimondaine119 View Post
...Plus, yoga pants tend to be a little slippery in my smooth seat ranch saddle...
Something to consider:

Can't remember the last time I rode my slick seat saddle without the butt velcro. Can't imagine seams being a factor with it, either. Don't suppose it would work in the rain, though.
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