Horse riding pants are an important piece
of clothing when riding.
When you are in the saddle you spend a
large amount of time on your rear, at least you should, and should have
the appropriate apparel to guarantee a comfortable ride.
When you are deciding what to wear the next time you head out for a
ride, there are a couple things you should keep in mind. Below we will
be addressing the different types of horse riding pants for work and
show in both the english and western disciplines in riding.
When riding western, you may wear slightly
different horse riding pants
than if you were riding english. You may also wear something slightly
different if you were in the show ring compared to your routine rides
at the barn.
Work: For a typical ride around the barn, you can
wear whatever you want as long as you are comfortable and safe. Jeans
are the most commonly used type of pants. There are brands of jeans
available that are made specifically for riding.
Jean made especially for horse riding are usually cut a little
differently, meant to remain comfortable when on a horse. Some offer a
little more elastic in the waste so they don't stretch out too much in
Show: The western horse riding pants you wear in the
show ring are much different than what you would wear around the barn.
However, it does depend on the class you show in.
If you are competing in games classes such as barrels or poles you will
likely still wear jeans. However, if you are getting ready for your
western pleasure or horsemanship class, you might need something a
You likely have a pair of show chaps to wear and your riding pants
should match the color of those chaps. You may luck out and find some
off the rack at a tack shop or other store, but you may have to have
them custom made to match your chaps and fit you correctly.
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English Riding Pants
When riding english, you will wear
slightly different horse riding pants than if you were riding western.
Again, you also may have a different pair of pants to wear around the
barn compared to in the show ring.
Work: For your routine rides around the barn you
may also choose to wear jeans. There are riding pants made for working
in an english saddle, but not necessarily for show.
You can combine your pants with a pair of half chaps which offer extra
grip and protection of the lower leg.
When in the show ring you must wear a pair of breeches or more
traditional horse riding pants. Commonly riders wear some sort of
beige, tan, or cream color. You may see darker browns coming into the
show ring, but this is a less traditional color to wear.
Remember you need to pair your breeches with tall black boots to
maintain that traditional, classic look.
Bottom line, make sure that no matter the
occasion for riding or the
type of saddle you are riding in, make sure you are comfortable. You
don't want to ride in pants that have a tendency to bunch on the inner
part of your leg.
This can rub too much over your skin causing blisters and sores. You
also don't want to ride in pants that are too tight. Tighter pants can
cause you some
difficulty getting on your horse and remaining comfortable when riding.