There was a time (not very long ago) when I didn’t have an idea and certainly didn’t refer to the laundry icons for the care of my garments. I’ve always relied upon common sense, developed through some bitter disappointments (think perfect iron outlines on clothes and misadventures with bleach).
Caring for your new riding pants, 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:
Wash at or below 30⁰C
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.
Iron at low temperature
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!
Do not dry clean
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.
Tumble Dry – Low Heat
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?
Do not beach
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.
What to do
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.
Stains and marks?
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 it 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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The size I received is about 2 sizes too large, although I sent for the size according to measurements. As it would be prohibitively expensive to return, I’ll have to do major alterations or sell them on. Otherwise a lovely product.
These have amazing qualities such as the 4 way stretch denim which is super comfortable and flattering. The phone pocket is a great idea as are the boot keepers. I wore them recently at the Gympie Muster and felt right at home. The leg length is quite long as I am 170 cm and ordered the 83cm. I ordered my regular fashion clothes size. So good knowing I can ride in them or just wear them and feel great!
Wow these socks are really comfy! They fit my feet perfectly and when I slip my boots off I cant help but just wear them around the house. They are a great length up my calf as I can flip the top of the socks down level with my boots so no more rubbing or chafing on long rides. Love the near side and off side.. Thats a real special touch.. What other socks have that!!! Horse socks for horse woman... Perfect.
Just received my second pair of the Trail Gen 2 riding pants and I love them. Whether in the arena or on the trail they are super comfortable with generous pockets and well made. They are a little pricier than some but honestly they are worth it. I’ve bought a lot of riding breeches over the years and these are simply awesome for fit, comfort and function. I’ll be buying more!
Ride Proud products are the best. My second order included a vest, neck warmer and soap. The quality is just as superb as their pants. Oh my gosh the soap smells so good, it’s wonderful. Their pants are incredible, quality and fit. Their customer service is top notch. They make you feel special. I would recommend them they are the real deal. Thanks Ride Proud Clothing
Service has been great. The website is well designed and easy to use. I was able to pick my correct size easily. When I ordered, I knew it would take a while to get them. The Aussie postal updates were laughably vague ("in transit"). But I just chilled, knowing they'd get her eventually. Less than two weeks and I have my pants. Rode in them today. They were worth the wait.
These riding pants are amazing. They fit! They are designed for my body, not for a 12 year old girl. They are made of high-quality fabric with high-quality construction. They are crazy comfortable to ride in. I'm buying many more pairs.