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Why Riding Breeches?

riding breeches

Everyone is nicely dressed in their polos, tall boots and riding breeches

Riding breeches are one of the items that help keep you safe in the saddle.

As I have explained in my post about jodhpurs, horses do not come equipped with a lot of safety equipment like seat belts, brakes etc. In fact, you should know that it can be one of the most dangerous sports to participate in.

Your riding breeches, or jodphurs, are an important part of your safety equipment.

Breeches are designed to help make you as safe as possible on a horse. They also provide comfort and fashion. Choosing the correct riding pants will go a long way to help you with your future horse riding experience.

You will have a variety of choices while shopping for breeches. One of the main choices you will be faced with is whether you want full seat or knee patch breeches.

My wife favors full seat breeches because they make her feel more “sticky” in the saddle. She likes the “grip” she gets with them.

How you use your legs, and the contact that you have with your horse are part of how you learn to control and stay on your horse.

Full seat breeches help make you feel more secure in the saddle, while also giving you more contact with it. This helps improve the communication you have with your horse.

Riding Breeches

Comfortable full seat breeches

Knee patch breeches are also designed to help keep your legs in place on the saddle, but either way, you don’t want to be constantly gripping with your knee!

Gripping with your knee brings your lower leg away from the saddle which makes you much less stable!

The Ovation Ladies’ Euro Tight Full Seat Pull-On Breeches come with extra features that will help you to feel more secure and comfortable during your ride.

These ladies riding breeches are made of super soft cotton/spandex rib fabric. They feature a comfortable pull-on fit, jean pockets styling in front, and Dry-Tex tube bottoms to keep you cool and dry.

They are also machine washable and rated 4-1/2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

girls riding breeches

These are sturdy and attractive breeches for young riders.

An affordable, comfortable and nice looking pair of knee patch breeches for girls are the Devon-Aire Girls All-Pro Riding Breeches.

These sturdily made riding pants are perfect for growing young riders who are tough on their clothes. They are built to last!

Synthetic micro-suede knee patches ensure a steady grip in the saddle. Gripper elastic ankles keep the leg secure in tall boots or paddock shoes.

There is no inside leg seam in these Girls All-Pro Riding Breeches to rub or chaff the legs. A plush elastic waistband provides a comfy and secure fit.

Riding breeches are available in many colors.  My background is in hunters, dressage, show jumping and eventing, so most of the breeches that I see are tan, beige, buff, olive, and occasionally white.

Each discipline has its own traditional colors.

I understand how confusing your choices may seem.  Talk to your trainer and see what other people are wearing before you make your final choice.

Just remember that the right equipment will help to keep you safe. It is an important decision to choose the best riding breeches for you!

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riding pants

Comfortably and safely dressed to ride!

There are two main types of riding pants when it comes to horses, breeches and jodphurs.

Being around horses and riding them is a pleasure. When you get on a horse there is no seat belt, steering wheel or guarantee that he won’t be in a bad mood. You’re not just going to put key in their ignition and always know what to expect.

In the wild, horses are prey animals. The instinct for flight is hardwired into them. I have witnessed horses spook and shy away from all kinds of objects.

Although you can not prepare for every circumstance you should provide as much safety to yourself as possible. When you’re working around machinery you don’t want to have loose fitting or baggy clothing. This is true with horseback riding also.

The most important thing when shopping for riding apparel is fit and comfort.


Check out these nice schooling jodphurs on Amazon.

Wearing shorts or jeans with the seam on the inside of your leg is very uncomfortable and can quickly lead to pinched skin.

I started off riding in jeans and in a short while I had purchased some breeches.

The leather of the knee patches helped to protect my legs and also allowed me to hold on to the saddle, thus making me much more secure. Leather (usually suede or faux suede) on the seat and/or legs provides security.

The name jodhpurs started in India hundreds of years ago.

Other than today’s newer fabrics, these riding pants haven’t changed for years and years.

womens jodphurs

These well made women’s jodphurs are nicely flared to be worn over boots.

The reason for this is simple, the material must be snug in the lower leg so you can remain continually in contact with your horse and the seat needs to be flexible to allow you to move freely.

You will find several styles of jodhpurs. I have seen the front zip, pull ons, zipper on the side, full seat and knee patch and I’m sure there’s others I haven’t mentioned.

Children, in particular, tend towards jodphurs. Jodphurs are meant to be worn with paddock (short) boots. These TuffRider Kid’s Cotton Schooler Jods can be purchased at Amazon. They’re perfect for schooling.

Thus, they are a bit longer than breeches and often sport a cuff at the bottom. They are meant to be worn oustide (over the top of) your boots.

The comfortable Woman’s Kentucky Jodphurs offer a flattering, tailored fit and widely flared bottom to easily lie over your boots.

When schooling, or riding for pleasure, there are lots of different colors and designs of jodphurs to choose from.

However, if you are going to use your riding pants for shows, you will want to get the color appropriate to your discipline.

Generally, with English riding, the riding pants for shows are a buff, light tan or light olive color.

Horseback riding apparel needs to fit properly to be safe. These aren’t the type of clothes that you would want your child to “grow into.”

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