The Best Horse Riding Pants for the Mature Aged Woman are ... (drum roll please) ...Bootleg Jodhpurs
I'm going to take a wild guess that, like me, you're probably not into joddies and most likely (traditional) 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 right for all of us.
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.
What Does the Horse Riding Woman want in Riding Pants?
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.
In a nutshell, it's this. Style, Comfort and Function. I didn't work alone on this project. I came up with the initial designs but then together with a group of horse riding women we trialed, we tested, we rejected and we trialled again. And eventually we got there, and we've compromised on nothing.
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:
Lastly I'll tell about our Refund Policy and why (and how) we make exchanges as easy as we possibly can.
Horse Riding Pants: Design Features
Contoured Waistlines & Comfort Waistbands
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.
Full Suede Seat
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.
Seamless Inner Leg
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.
Horse Riding Pants: How to Choose a Style
The styles are really quite different, but first and foremost they're all purpose built, durable, functional riding pants - they just happen to look pretty damn classy (someone said a little bit sexy, but we're not going that far).
Each and every style has all the unique features that stand our riding pants apart. They all have tummy support, full suede seat, underfoot keepers and thigh pockets.
If you're wanting something super classy I'd direct you to the Equitation.
If you want to stand out from the crowd, I'd direct you to the Picadero - regardless of what breed of horse you ride.
If you're serious about your distance rides I'd direct you to the Trail or the Trainers.
For the show ring you can choose any of them, except maybe the Trainers, and only becuase of the cargo pocket.
If you're a pleasure rider (aren't we all?) choose whichever pair you like.
Horse Riding Pants: Comparing Styles
Comparing Contoured Waistlines
We currently have two styles with contoured waistlines. These styles don't have a waistband and aren't worn with a belt. They are The Equitation and The Picadero.
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
Comfort is always important, but even more so on the trail. Which is why our Trail Horse Riding Pants are a little roomier than our other styles and don't rise quite through to the waist, rather a few cm below (depending on your body shape, of course).
We stared with Original Trail and progressed to Gen2 after taking onboard customer feedback.
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!
This style fits more like a pair of jodhpurs and rises through to the waist.
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 Riding Pants. They are the slimmest fitting of the styles and they're meant to be snug. These are the ones that have been described to us as 'rider's shapewear'.
They are also the ones that rise a little higher to the small of your back with the little rear adjuster.
Our Spanish cut horse riding pants, designed with the baroque horse riders in mind, and loved by everyone who tries them, including the Western and Vaquero riders.
Like the Equitation Riding Pants, these are also cut to be snug. They rise a little higher at the front - and the zipper runs down the back. No, it's not odd. It's actually how all women's pants were once and it makes for a lovely smooth tummy.
If you like to wear your shirt out this is the style for you.
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 each time they sell 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.
It's why so many of our customers report the pants are so supportive, yet comfortable.
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.
Here's some quick details on the fit of our Styles:
TheTrail are the roomiest of the styles and rise to a few cm below the waist (depending on your body shape of course)
TheTrainersfit more like a pair of jodhpurs and rise through to the waist.
TheEquitation are the slimmest fitting of the styles. They're meant to be snug. These are the ones that have been described as 'rider's shapewear'. They are also the ones that rise a little higher to the small of your back.
ThePicadero are our Spanish (or Vaquero) style, and they're also cut to be snug.
The Horizons are very similar in fit to the Trainers, in that they also ride through to the waist. However the denim fabric has a little more stretch.
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.
We want you to love your new riding pants.
We want happy customers and denying refunds or exchanges, or even making it difficult to do so is not in our own best interest. Besides that, it just isn't decent.