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Do You Ride In Your Buffalo Saddle in Jeans?

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  • Do You Ride In Your Buffalo Saddle in Jeans?

    After having had a calfskin saddle that I always used breeches for I am a little paranoid about riding in jeans in my new buffalo seat saddle. I've heard that it's okay but I just want to confirm that it will not damage the leather.

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    Anything that continuously rubs in the same place is going to cause damage. I wouldn't even risk it.
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    • #3
      I have once or twice, but I try to avoid it like the plague.
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      • #4
        NEVER!
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        • #5
          Never - I always ride in either tights or breeches, but on rare occasion I have allowed people limited saddle time on my horse in my saddle with jeans. I highly recommend avoiding it on any kind of a regular basis.

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          • #6
            Not worth the risk. Maybe get yourself some jeans style breeches...

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            • #7
              I have a Beaufort from Smith Worthington, in buffalo. I usually ride in breeches, but will ride in jeans-in the winter, especially.
              I can't tell it's caused any damage.

              I've had the saddle 8 years, and am impressed at how well it's performing. I do take good care of it, but it's been hunting for hours in the rain and snow, or left in a hot trailer when I should have put it in the tack room-normal stuff like that.

              The only way I'll need another saddle is if this one gets stolen.

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              • #8
                No,never.
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                • #9
                  I'm not sure what leather my older saddles are, but I ride in jeans fairly often and there's no damage. I do wear the softer, stretchy jeans though.
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                  • #10
                    I don't see the harm IF they are the more modern, lighter stretch type fabrics with NO thick seams...like they sell at Wally World and Tar'jee for 20 bucks or so.

                    Not every day/ride but occasionally? Shouldn't hurt a thing with a buffalo seat...actually shouldn't hurt much on most saddles (unless they are that soft glove leather)...like I said tho', no thick seams or bunchy fabric.
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                    • #11
                      Never, not me. I have a buffalo saddle and the saddle maker explicitly tells customers jeans are very bad. Why rub a nice saddle with those seams? I started riding in breeches and find it more comfortable now, anyway.
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                      • #12
                        I ride mine in jeans 50% of the time and breeches the other 50% of the time and I haven't had any problems.

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                        • #13
                          I am very bad I ride in jeans and full chaps all the time in my Butet. I know, I know, it is terrible for the seat.

                          It is showing wear, my own fault...

                          What suggestions does anyone have to wear with paddock boots under full chaps?
                          Last edited by MintHillFarm; Jul. 5, 2012, 10:29 AM. Reason: typo

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                          • #14
                            My solution is to get a $2,500 saddle custom made for me and the horse that is actually designed to be RIDDEN IN and doesn't have these problems.

                            Jeans all the way, baby.
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                            • #15
                              I wonder if Butet could offer a leather choice for the seat, with a more hardier grain...On my newer Butet, from 2004, the leather is way more fragile than my older one, from the mid-80s.

                              I don't believe that changing the leather on the seat would compromise fit or comfort...

                              And us jean wearers would be very happy!

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by MintHillFarm View Post
                                I don't believe that changing the leather on the seat would compromise fit or comfort...
                                No, but it compromises Beval's ability to charge you $800+ to replace the seat.
                                Or the flaps when you wear through those.

                                At which point you may as well just buy a whole new saddle, right?

                                It is a complete mastery of marketing that they have turned something which makes the saddle wear out faster into a desirable feature. I for one am not buying.
                                Last edited by meupatdoes; Jul. 5, 2012, 11:21 AM.
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                                • #17
                                  I just got my new buffalo leather devoucoux saddle last week and have ridden in it in jeans. There was no visible difference vs riding pants (weird indentations or scratches) after I was done riding. I plan on rotating jeans and riding pants.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by meupatdoes View Post
                                    No, but it compromises Beval's ability to charge you $800+ to replace the seat.
                                    Or the flaps when you wear through those.

                                    At which point you may as well just buy a whole new saddle, right?

                                    It is a complete mastery of marketing that they have turned something which makes the saddle wear out faster into a desirable feature. I for one am not buying.
                                    I agree. I enjoyed my Butet while I had it (I sold it before it developed any substantial wear and tear ), and while it was superbly comfortable, I don't think the comfort had anything to do with the delicate calfskin. It was really nice to touch but I don't ride nekkid, so...

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by LochNessD View Post
                                      I agree. I enjoyed my Butet while I had it (I sold it before it developed any substantial wear and tear ), and while it was superbly comfortable, I don't think the comfort had anything to do with the delicate calfskin. It was really nice to touch but I don't ride nekkid, so...
                                      That's weird. I had a Butet before I got my new saddle. I bought it new in 2002. Had it all the way up until last week, rode in it in jeans 90% of the time (with exception to lessons and shows) and it was in great condition with just minor wear on the pommel area and wrinkles on the knee flaps. Maybe it depends on the year?
                                      Originally posted by rustbreeches
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by jlphilli View Post
                                        I just got my new buffalo leather devoucoux saddle last week and have ridden in it in jeans. There was no visible difference vs riding pants (weird indentations or scratches) after I was done riding. I plan on rotating jeans and riding pants.
                                        I know someone with a Devoucoux buffalo leather saddle that has worn a large hole in each side of the flap where her leg covers it. Saddle is no more than 5 years old, she is not obsessive but does take good care of it, she seems unconcerned when I told her she should contact them and complain.

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