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  • Jean breeches?

    I love the look of "jean breeches," but I've sworn off denim in hopes of preserving the seat of my calfskin saddle. Does anyone here wear denim breeches to ride in a "hothouse flower" saddle? Which brands are softest/safest to wear?

  • #2
    I've been rocking the Rohmf (or however you spell that) jean breeches for a few weeks and love them. Haven't scratched my saddle a bit. The Kerrits ones look pretty easy on saddles too.
    Trying a life outside of FEI tents and hotel rooms.


    • #3
      Ariat began making them years ago! I have 2 pair from Ariat that are something like 4 years old. Barely even look worn!

      The Ariats don't have the studs and won't scratch the saddle. They had a pair that were bootcut and a pair that were straight leg/fitted with elastic around the bottom of the calf so you can fit knee socks and tall boots over them. But then again, you're also going to deal with crazy Ariat sizing (which is fine if you realize what your Ariat size is - normally 2-4 sizes smaller than everyone else).

      The material is very stretchy, it's probably akin to jegging material, but I'd think the breeches are thicker (I abhor jeggings so I have no idea how thin they are). They're definitely still denim, but have a lot of elasticity in them and are much softer.

      I don't know if Ariat still makes them, but I would assume so. Online tack stores may not carry them, but if you go to a local tack shop who carries Ariat, they'll have a product catalog to go through. That's how I got mine ordered.


      • Original Poster

        I'm more worried about the crotch seaming of a pair of true denim pants wearing through the seat of the saddle than anything else. The Romfh breeches, which have a fairly low cotton content, look like a good bet for that reason. (I checked out the Ariat website, TB7, but I don't see any denim breeches there.)


        • #5
          I have a couple pairs of the Goode Rider ones and love them. I do notice that one pair leaves very light marks from the back pockets, but I can sweep them away with my hand. I just love how comfortable they are and how I look slightly less ridiculous running errands afterwards (well, maybe not, but I can pretend!)
          “Thoroughbreds are the best. They’re lighter, quicker, and more intelligent.” -George Morris


          • #6
            I just bit the bullet and bought a pair of the goode rider ones. There is so much stretch in the fabric that they really are much softer than regular jeans, so probably not as much of a worry for your saddle as a regular pair of jeans would be.

            I love mine! They're super comfortable, go with everything, (I'm sort of OCD about color matching) and don't look as awful as solid breeches do after grooming a dirty horse or doing some barn chores in them. And they can also double as skinny jeans with a pair of ballet shoes after leaving the barn.
            Lowly Farm Hand with Delusions of Barn Biddieom.
            Witherun Farm


            • #7
              I've ridden in denim breeches for years. Had them in several colors - black & hunter as well as blue denim.
              My current pair is over 10yo.
              Hac-Tacs used to be the only ones who made them, but now I see everyone has jumped on the wagon.

              Unless they have studs on the back pockets I can't see how they could mark a saddle.

              Mine do not have inner-leg seams.
              What riding jean would? Ouch

              Like Trevelyan, I wear mine when I'm not riding - knee patches and all.
              *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
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              • #8
                Santio denim breeches... I believe Beval sells them. Pricey but beautiful, and won't damage your saddle.
                We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


                • #9
                  I have a pair of Equine Couture jean breeches and they've been great. They're super stretchy and have front zip, front pockets and back pockets. No rubbing on the saddle at all, from what I can tell. No studs and nothing sticking out to scratch leather.

                  I got mine for around $80 or so. Two things though: I probably wouldn't wear them in the dead of summer (depending on where you are) since they can be a little warm, and they do have seams on the inside that are thicker than normal breeches. I don't notice them at all when I'm riding or walking around. But when I pull them off, there's little indentations here and there in my skin.
                  The dude abides ...


                  • #10
                    I have a pair of Royal Highness (I think) jean breeches that I got on sale for $15. They're quite stretchy and soft, and I can't think there would be anything on them that would scratch up a saddle.
                    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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                    • #11
                      I have some Goode Rider jeans breeches, both full seat and knee patch versions and neither have scratched up the calfskin seat on a Devoucoux. The fabric is quite soft and the seams are minimal...it's not like riding in Levis.


                      • #12
                        I just bought a pair of Goode Riders and I love them... no scratching on my Antares or Custom saddles, both soft calfskin.


                        • #13
                          I love my Pikeur full seat jeans breeches!

                          And those, and any othe jeans breeches, are not regular jeans but breeches made for riding so I highly doubt that for $$$ they would make breeches that would scratch saddles!

                          Real jeans? Never on my Hennig or Delgrange!
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                          • #14
                            i always worry about whatever I wear ruining the calfskin seat of my saddle too. In my old saddle I used to wear skinny jeans all the time, it would destroy the leather and the jeans would begin to wear near the crotch. Well recently I started wearing jeggings, they aren't true denim so they don't destroy your saddle, and the stretch so you don't have to worry about stiffness when you ride. They are just great, and they are cheaper than buying actual jean breeches.
                            Originally posted by SillyHorse
                            Some people wear Superman pajamas. Superman wears George Morris pajamas.
                            This pretty much sums up everything!


                            • Original Poster

                              Thanks, all! *Heads off to go shopping*


                              • #16
                                I have a pair of these: http://www.adamshorsesupplies.com/Ke...ech-P1090.aspx
                                They aren't really denim but they look like denim but ar stretchy and comfortable. They don't have any bulky seams. They are my absolutely most favorite breeches and they won't scratch your tack and they're very affordable.
                                "My biggest fear is that when I die my husband is going to try to sell all my horses and tack for what I told him they cost."


                                • #17
                                  I couldn't cough up the money for the Goode Rider ones, so I bought these from Ovation:


                                  I really like them. Super soft and stretchy and a good price.


                                  • #18
                                    Ariat used to make some great ones - unfortunately, they discontinued the good ones. Apparently they lasted too long.
                                    They're small hearts.


                                    • #19
                                      Another vote for the Romfh ones - 5 color options, all "jean" styling.


                                      • #20
                                        I love the goode rider ones. Soft, comfy, stretchy, and I have never worried about my saddle in them. Plus, they make my butt look fantastic!