There was a time (not very long ago) when I didn’t have a clue about care icons and certainly didn’t refer to them for the care of my garments. I’ve always relied upon common sense, developed through some bitter disappointments (think perfect iron singes on clothes and misadventures with bleach).
Caring for equestrian clothing (breeches, jodphurs, riding pants or whatever you may call them), is really not a lot different to caring for any other garment. Luckily they all come with instructions, if we know where to find them and how to read them.
Here's a brief summary:
Sometimes you’ll see the same icon, but it will have dots to indicate warmth. One dot = 30⁰, 2 dots = 40⁰, etc.
Water at 30⁰ is not very hot, in fact it’s less than lukewarm.
The dot system is as described above and pretty easy to understand.
If you’ve ever scorched a garment you’ll understand why you really should heed this advice, but the feel of the fabric is a good indicator of what temperature you’d need. In this case, make it as low as you can!
Righto! And why go to that expense if it isn’t recommended?
The solvents and chemicals used in dry cleaning can be toxic and over time can be damaging to some fabrics. The fabric in your breeches is one of them, so please don’t.
This means it can be put in the clothes dryer, not that it should be!
And again, with the cost of electricity why would you?
This one is a lot like the dry cleaning. The bleach will break down the fabric in your riding pants – don’t do it – please!
That’s a pretty long list of things not to do. But it basically comes down to heat and chemicals, you want to avoid both.
So, here’s what I do to care for my riding pants, remembering that I’m a lazy (and frugal) housewife.
Firstly, I always wash in cold water. I read somewhere that hot water will set a stain, so I tell myself that’s the reason, truth is I’m not paying for hot water unless I need to.
I don’t own a clothes dryer and instead I line dry my riding pants, in the shade! In fact, I line dry everything in the shade.
If I’m riding at home on my own arena or on a trail ride, I don’t bother to iron. My horses don’t seem to mind, and it doesn’t seem to take long for the creases to fall out anyway. Just like denim jeans really.
However, if I’m going out somewhere I do take a little more care.
Instead I use a steamer. Not a fancy one either, I think I got mine from Kmart and from memory it was about $35(ish). And I only ever steam from about mid-thigh down.
Soooo, that’s it. I like to keep thing quick, simple and easy.
Well, I tend to choose the darker colours anyway so it’s not really an issue for me. I do have some trail riding pants in wheat and in all honesty, other than normal day to day marks they haven’t stained. But if they had I would use a warm water soak.
25 year on from babies, and I still have nappy soaker in my laundry.
Follow these instructions and your Proud Horse Riding Pants should last a very, very long time.
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December 31, 2021
Just wondering if these come in shorter lengths. As someone else commented hemming changes the look
August 28, 2021
Do these pants come in petite length? Short inseam for short people? Hemming always ruins the look. Thanks
September 30, 2020
Thank s for washing intructions and care.Mine are due in mail tomorrow .
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I'm in the States, but that didn't make a difference in ordering other than slightly longer shipping times. The first pair I got were too big for me, but it was no problem to just send them back and get the right size. The new ones fit very well. They're really long, so I'm going to take them to a seamstress for my short little legs. LOL 😂 this company was very easy to work with and I will definitely buy again.
The quality and comfort of these socks is excellent! I have a draw full!
Very happy with the quality looking forward to wearing it when the weather gets warm
Love these pants. Great fit and super comfy. Just wish they came shorter but got them hemmed. 😀
Love these socks, nice support, feel like I am getting a calf massage.
I love my 7pm casual cargo pants so much I've worn holes into them! Now I've just bought my second pair 😍
Very comfy and great colours, also very surprised that there was a crop t shirt with my order thank you very much. Looking forward to wearing them, unfortunately the weather has turned.
The trainers are so comfy and stylish. Amazing fit! I wore them riding, working and shopping! Great design, I just love them!
These socks are the ultimate in comfort. Not thick & bulky but a great fit, especially good for riding boots.
Great products! I feel certain they will be very comfortable when the heat returns!!
My Ride Proud jeans arrived yesterday! Tried them on, they fit like a glove, look great and are ultra comfortable. Was worried about buying online halfway around the world to Canada, but am sssooo glad did. No wonder you have such great reviews!
Promise to send a picture soon! 🌹🐴 😁
A great fit and good quality
Beautiful quality, colour & texture of this belt. Goes so well with my trail riding pants .
The smile on my face says how much I love these jeans! So bloody comfortable. If there is one negative, it’s I only have one pair :(
These pants look smart & are super comfortable. They wear well & washing them is fairly straightforward just follow the directions.
December 31, 2021
I’m saving my pants for ASH competition.
They are a great fit.
Can I spray the inside leg with stain remover??.
Thanks for the washing instructions.