Be honest, did our name seem a bit odd when you first heard it Or maybe it immediately made perfect sense? Here's an explanation of what the name Ride Proud means.
What's in a name?
Everything, or nothing. In our case, it's everything. But you'll come to know that I don't do much without it having meaning or purpose.
When we kicked off I was surprised to learn thatour name raised a few eyebrows. In fact, our manufacturer even asked what the name is about. I thought it was obvious. Apparently not. When I set about naming this business I was told to find a name that meant something to me. Ride Proud means a lot to me. Let me tell you why.
The Seat of Things
For as long as I've ridden, I've worked on developing my seat; as my primary aid, it's the start of everything.(Hint: that's why our pants don't have back pockets). I've studied it, I've researched it, I've done courses, clinics and lessons on it. Hell, I've travelled across the world to participate in clinics focusing on it. I've read and watched almost everything I can, and I've observed. My findings? To me, the most effective, most elegant and most admired riders all share a particular posture – and that posture is proud.
When I was instructing and correcting position, I would sometimes hear myself say 'ride proud''. I've found that when a rider can take that proud feeling into her body, her seat immediately improves. I know, it's simplistic, but sometimes the best things are, aren't they?
Developing the Seat
This is a photo of me riding at a clinic in Europe a couple of years back. Yep, I'm bareback and on the lunge, and I'll take every opportunity I can to be lunged. It's so good for improving the seat.
Here's a challenge (or maybe it's not). Organise with a friend to ride bareback and on the lunge. Maybe you can take turns. I'd love to hear how it goes. Snap a photo and share it to our page or tag us on Instagram #rideproud
Until next time, enjoy your rides.
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Just received my first ever Ride Proud purchase. Must say sooo impressed by the quality and how amazing they feel on. Can't wait to try them out this weekend 😆🥰😍
I have purchased other riding pants but these are far superior. The only wish I have is that they came in lengths, even regular and short. I have to hem these about 4 inches and in doing so I lose the pant keeper.
I waited a year for the new Horizons Riding Jeans to come in my size and they were worth the wait! Its hard to find riding jods in the U.S. so when I found Ride Proud its been a revelation. I love the trail jods and have 3 pairs but I really wanted jean jods. I wear a size 4 U.S. and the 8 AUS fits true to size. They are a bit more stretchy than the trail jods but I found that wearing a belt solves that issue, The boot cut is more generous than the trail jod and fits over my Ariat Fat Baby boots great! The hidden jod strap keeps my jeans from riding up. The first time I wore the Horizon jeans to the barn, I received multiple compliments on how flattering they are and where I found them. The pockets are handy for my keys, cell phone and horse cookies. I can wear them all day and look great and be comfortable!
My measurements of course didn’t perfectly match one size on the Sizing Chart so I chatted with an associate about my measurements in comparison and she suggested what size would be best! And I’ll say they are perfect. Not only do they fit well they are very attractive with the full seat being indistinguishable from the pant fabric- How cool is that!? Can’t wait to wear them in lessons, clinics and shows. Being in the US, it took a little longer to get here but tracking was great and definitely worth the slightly extended wait. Don’t hesitate to reach out for sizing help. Quick responses, perfect fit! Thanks!
I cannot thank you enough for these riding pants. As a mature but fit rider I had become frustrated with having to ride in pants made for young women with youthful figures. Always too tight in the waist and too loose in the hips. Thanks to Ride Proud I can ride comfortably without seams rubbing and thigh chafing due to sliding around in ill fitting pants that I’m constantly hitching up. Worth every penny and I’m buying more.
I just got my Ride Proud jeans today and wore them in the Grand entry at the Ft.Worth Stock show and Rodeo Grand Entry. They were so comfortable! Love the pocket for my phone and no seam at my knee to rub when I ride. Awesome pants!