Riding pants have remained practically the same over the course of time. Except for the materials used to make these pants, they all follow the functional reasons that serve the purpose of their design. The general rule is that the riding pants must be snug in the lower leg to allow for more contact with the horse. It should also be more flexible in the seat to allow freedom of movement.For everyday riding, an inexpensive pair of two-way stretch tights can be worn. These riding tights can be worn with leather knee and seat patches for durability and functional reasons since they can provide a better grip and protect the tight fabric from easy wear and tear.
Modern stretchable materials have also been introduced to make riding breeches, or jodhpurs, a lot more comfortable by allowing your legs to breathe. Plus, these new materials are also a lot easier to clean, which can be a task for regular horse riders. And again, for extremely low temperature riding, there are materials such as fleece to provide warmth during the winter.Just remember that you should never wear baggy pants when riding horses.
The reason is both functional and for safety. Baggy pants allow less contact with the horse and it may also impede the rider’s leg movements when riding. These baggy pants may also cause some accidents when they get caught into something, such as the stirrup, when riding, mounting, or dismounting.
Also, never wear shorts when riding as the skin of your legs might get pinched while riding.It may be worth noting that there are different types of pants which are deemed more suitable depending on the type of riding. For Western riding, jeans will work. And for English riding, riding breeches or jeans worn with chaps are recommended.For everyday riding, as long as the pants are comfortable to wear, and it allows optimal contact with the horse, then choose the pants that fit you well.