Frocks are cut longer to protect and keep your thighs warmer during long hours in the field. That's why in many hunts frocks are 'reserved' for members with colors because it's thought those members are more likely to stay out for the entire hunt. They are also generally more expensive than a hunt jacket so many fox hunters don't purchase one until they are very sure they are going to continue foxhunting. They are available in several weights. The Meander, shown in the link, is lined with a warm wool tartan and a polished waterproof skirt (because it will generally lay on the sometimes hot, wet horse.). They are extremely warm and heavy. Many customers would complain that they were too stiff to ride in comfortably, but these people didn't realize that these coats have to be broken in. Riding in it once or twice a season when it's bitterly cold won't do it. But a well broken in frock made of melton wool is absolutely necessary if you're going to be hunting in the winter.
Now, of course, hunts rarely last all day or require two horses, so many hunts will just tell a member to wear what they have or fits them best.
Some women look much better in a frock. Others will always look better in a hunt coat without a waist seam.
Last edited by Kryswyn; Apr. 23, 2012 at 08:42 PM.
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