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.
Let customers speak for us
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Ordered my second pair of these pants in the recent sale , love wearing them and especially when I get comments on how flattering they are on. Thanks for the great service.
First I’d like to say I love these pants they are made well with good quality materials.
I’ve purchased three different pairs of riding pants I lost a little weight and had to get them altered. I called about a purchase I had made in the same size different pants. I emailed about belt loops and sent a picture. I was emailed back and given a phone number. I did call and was given wonderful advice about the size. They changed my Order to a smaller size, glad I had the conversation. The pants fit great. Again I love these pants.The young lady I spoke with was so nice I just can’t say enough good things! I totally recommend these pants.
I could not be happier that I found this company and bought these britches. As a woman-sized trail rider in her 60’s, I have worn the same worn-out jeans for years, the only ones I had that were comfortable and long enough to ride in. I felt I looked like a homeless person, and they finally started falling apart. As an early holiday gift to myself, I finally decided some decent riding apparel was in order, and got me 2 pairs. Do I like them? You bet my suede-covered fanny I do! The stretch is great, the pockets are great, the length and under-foot strap were just right, and I was so happy I ordered the jeans, too! I feel like a grown-up horsewoman and the tight-weave fabric should stand up to the elements for a long time. Thanks, Ride Proud Clothing!
Highly recommend RP riding trousers. Very comfortable both for riding and everyday wear. As I ride alone the phone pocket is ideal for emergency. Like the pants so much have bought 6 pairs over the years.
Just received my Gen 2 horse riding pants. Look forward to wearing them riding. Had to exchange the first pair as wasn't sure on size as am in Canada so different sizing. Customer service was awesome in exchanging for a different size. I will have to get used to full seat panels. Thank you for the great quality and customer service.
I have been looking for a long time for comfortable riding pants and I am so happy that I found these! They are most comfortable pants I have ever worn. ¨The quality and style are outstanding. I am a customer for life!
I wanted these pants to fit so badly as they are well made and so cute. Even after sizing up the thighs were too snug and the waist way to big. I am a U.S size 12-14 with curvy hips and a smaller waist. If this is your shape the special edition may not work; Colleen did warn me 😏 How about a special edition for the curvy crowd?😉
I ordered these pants with high hopes for a comfortable alternative to breeches. I have found them to be stylish, comfortable and warm! Well worth the money, shipping was prompt and they are exactly as described. Thank you so much,