Equestrians have a wide range of options for equipment and style. Breeches alone have multiple types to choose from, which may seem daunting to those new to the sport. Here are the things to consider when choosing which one you need.
These breeches have a leather insert on the inside of the knee. It is designed to be worn with half chaps, paddock boots, or tall boots. The padding starts from the knee all the way down to the ankles, providing excellent grip to show jumpers and hunt seat riders. Knee-patch breeches are also used by some endurance riders so if any of these activities are part of your routine then knee-patch breeches are useful to you.
Full Seat Breeches
Compared to knee-patch breeches, full seat breeches have a leather insert from the knees, up the legs and on the seat. They offer protection from rubbing and chafing and is typically used for dressage. Full seat breeches are more expensive that knee-patch, but offer more comfort. A.A. Callister’s shares that similar to this type are euro seat breeches. These are sewn in the style of full seat breeches but without the extra padding on the buttocks.
These are mainly worn by children and beginner horse riders. They typically end at the ankles and have a garter to prevent movement. Paddock boots often worn with Jodhpur breeches.
Worn by horse racers, jockey’s breeches are worn with matching jockey boots. They are usually made of lightweight materials and unlike the other breeches, not made to be form-fitting.
What to Choose?
It is usually suggested for beginners to get jodhpurs. First of all, these are cheaper and, if you are new to the sport, are sturdy enough for basic riding. Full seat breeches are best for those who ride for long periods of time. Those who prefer more freedom of movement in the saddle, however, would probably do best with euro seat or knee-patch breeches.
Remember that, as with most things, you get what you pay for. A pair of good quality breeches will always be better for you in the long run.