by Colleen Jackson 9 min read
I'm going to take a wild guess that, like me, you're probably not into joddies and most likely jeans just aren't really cutting it for you.
There is a reason jodhpurs became the unwritten uniform of equestrians. But that doesn't mean they're flattering.
Regardless of all their good points, in my opinion, they're not designed for 'women of age'. Hell, I'm not sure who they are designed for, but they sure aren't designed for the 'average' woman.
I wrote a complete article on this (you can read it here: Women Dominate) so I won't go into it again, but when I say average I guess I mean the usual woman at most equestrian events. These horsewomen are usually women ‘of age’.
That's me. I'm one of them.
For years I wore what I didn't want to, and I spent that time uncomfortable, both physically and emotionally - and it affected my confidence and self esteem. And I could see I wasn't the only one who felt that way. We moved from jodhpurs into jeans, and neither defined who we are. But I spent those years watching, observing and designing.
I believe I know who you are and what you're looking for in horse riding pants and I've included it in our styles.
Horsewomen are down to earth and practical. We want practicality and comfort. We've got stuff to get done and we want to dress for the day and be dressed for the day, not have to change into jodhpurs to ride and change out of them to go to the shops or meet our friends for coffee.
We want riding pants that reflect our choices and our own individual style.
We don't want 'traditional jeans', not for the riding anyway, nor do we want jodhpurs. We purpose-built riding pants, with all the features of a quality jodhpur and all the style of a fine pair of jeans.
We’ve included all the features we've ever wanted. Things like:
We have styles to take you from the show ring (classy enough for inhand classes and functional enough for the ridden). Comfortable enough to wear through a full day of training and to take you onto the trail. In fact to quote one customer, "so comfortable you wont' want to take them off" (~MarilynD).
We believe we offer the BEST horse riding pants on the market with our 5 unique styles. Let me introduce them:
There are more on the drawing board, but so far this is our range.
Some of these styles have comfort waistbands, and some have contoured waistlines. To make it easier, I'll compare the similar styles and point out the differences for you.
I'll tell you about the fabric composition we've chosen for our riding pants, and why we think it's the perfect blend.
Lastly I'll tell about our Refund Policy and why (and how) we make exchanges as easy as we possibly can.
Your comfort is our number one priority, and it’s impossible to be relaxed in the saddle if you are uncomfortable in your clothing either because of fit or style. Therefore, all our pants are designed with contoured waistlines that actually rise through to the waist. You'll find our waistbands have a little give in them and aren't rigid.
The most important aid of a rider is the seat, which is why our pants don’t have back pockets. Instead we’ve extended our suede insert through to the waist, visually lengthening the leg and enhancing the feminine outline.
There is nothing worse than a pants leg that rides up during a ride out or a training session. Fenders are shockers for grabbing your pant leg and pulling them up. The underfoot keeper stops that happening. Worn inside your boot, no-one will even know it’s there.
Every style has inbuilt tummy support without being restricting and without compromising comfort, because most of us are mothers over 30 or 40 (ok, some of us are grandmothers over 50) and it could just be that we like a little support, You need to be able to exhale and relax into the saddle, this gentle tummy support allows that.
We consider the thigh pocket a safety feature. Each style has them and they’re big enough to hold a mobile phone, just in case your horse heads home without you.
No inside leg seam means no chaffing and rubbing against the saddle and it also means no bulk to sit on, meaning you can concentrate on your ride in comfort.
These styles are cut from the same base pattern with some not so subtle differences.
Rises to Waist at front and higher at back
Rises to Waist at Back and higher at front
|Tapered Lower Leg with 5 Antique Finish Silver Buttons|
Original Trail Gen1
|Wider Belt Loops|
|Split at Lower Leg|
|Mid-Rise (to a few cm below the waist depending on your body structure)||Rise to the waist.|
|Our roomiest style||Fit like a traditional pair of jodhpurs.|
|Concealed Thigh Pockets||Cargo Thigh Pockets|
|Cutaway front pockets (not dissimilar to a pair of jeans)||Straight cut, reinforced front pockets|
|Wider Lower Leg|
|Thigh Pocket with Flap||Cargo Thigh Pocket with Flap|
|Cutaway front pockets||Straight cut, reinforced front pockets|
SEE THE TRAIL GEN2 RIDING PANTS
This style has a cargo pocket and we designed these pants especially for the trainers - the riders and teachers who are on and off horses all day and sometimes store more in their pockets than the rest of us.
But the Trail Riders are loving them too for the same reason - the storage!
SEE THE EQUITATION RIDING PANTS
These are the ultimate arena pants, but don't let that fool you. Many riders have chosen these for the distance rides. Classy, but purpose built.
Nothing fits and feels like the equitation pant, and they've been described to us as 'rider's shapewear'.
The Horizon Horse Riding Jeans are our first, and to date, our only style in denim and are perfect for those wanting a more casual style but still want purpose built riding jeans.
These are our Rule Breakers. They are cut from our best selling Trail Gen2 style, but in a 2 tone colour way. We did almost everything we said we would never do, and they sold out in no time at all. We went and broke our own rules.
We tested lots of different fabrics and settled on a blend of 60% Cotton, 35% Nylon, 5% Elastane. We think it’s perfect.
Fabric really has come a long way over the years and we now have high performance fabrics available to us, in fact it's become expected.
Ride Proud is a born in North Queensland and we trialled and tested many fabrics in our North Queensland heat. We settled on this one. We think it's the perfect blend of both cotton and nylon, resulting in the best properties of both.
Cotton being an integral component of the garment fabric ensures the fabric is breathable and natural and therefore keeps the skin free of sweat making it comfortable to wear all day long.
The inclusion of the nylon thread makes the fabric sturdy and strong, but light and offers good stretch.
Fit is a personal thing. Some of us like clothing snug, some like them a little roomier, which is why our size chart covers a range, particularly keeping in mind that the fabric is a 4 way stretch and it will ease after being worn for a short while.
Here's a tip though: We think (and we've received lots of feedback) that our sizing is fairly standard. That's standard to jeans sizing, not joddies. I've always found that joddies tend to be sized on the small side.
We're currently phasing out our shorter lengths. You'll still find some 82cm and 83cm styles on the website, but eventually we'll have only 85cm inside length length.
I can appreciate this is going to disappoint our shorter riders, but at this stage we're unable to carry stock of various lengths and we're still fielding complaints our pants are too short. If that's you, you'll pleased to know we have a 3cm hem and have included a 2cm turn, meaning you can essentially lengthen the pants an additional 4(ish) cm.
If you're one of our short riders please know the lower leg on these pants are actually quite straight and can be hemmed without spoiling the cut of the pants.
Ideally, these horse riding pants are worn with low/ankle boots either low rise western boots, ropers or jodhpur boots. Mid rise western boots can be worn with the Horizon style which are cut a little wider (depending on where the underfoot keeper stitch line reaches on you), but that's the only style I'd recommend be worn with the high boots.
If you are a top boot rider these pants may still work. We have a number of riders who wear chaps or top boots over the top and remove them after their ride.
But many converted riders comment on how much more feel they have of the horses if they've transitioned from tall boots to low boots. The difference can be quite extraordinary if it's been a while since you've felt for the movement of horses ribs.
We have a Refund & Exchange Policy. It's actually law, but more precisely we think about promises, doing the right thing and good old fashioned decency.
You'll find our refund policy here: www.rideproudclothing.com/policies/refund-policy
You'll find a full article on this, including an explanation of the little icons inside your new riding pants.
Here's my tip: Keep it simple. Cold wash, dry in the shade. Don't bother ironing.
Yep, it's that simple. You've got better things to do than laundry.
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