Confused about breeches? Even if you’re a seasoned horseman, finding the right breeches can be a difficult task. Not only are there a variety of different styles and fabrics, there are also different patches that can all change the fit and feel of the pants when you’re in the saddle. And then, to make it even more confusing, there’s the sizing. Unlike street clothes that typically use standard numbered sizing from 00 to 18 in the US, breeches are generally sized via waist measurement in inches.
In this post we’ll explore some of the standard types of breeches that are used for schooling. (Many of these breeches can also be used for shows, if they’re purchased in plain colors). Remember, most breeches are designed for use with either tall riding boots, or short paddock boots and half chaps for optimum comfort.
Knee Patch, Full Seat and Euroseat
When you’re choosing breeches, one of the first decisions that you’ll need to make is what type of patches you want on your riding pants.
A knee patch breech
is considered the standard style of breech, and is popular with most disciplines, including hunter/jumpers and pleasure riders. Knee patch breeches, as their name implies, have a self or suede patch of fabric on the inside of the knee to provide extra wear protection against the saddle. Euroseat breeches
are similar and have a knee patch design, but have a seam that mimics the style of the full seats described below.
Full seat breeches
are the favored style for dressage riders and some eventers. These breeches have a suede patch around the inside of the leg and around the seat, which gives added grip to sit those big dressage movements.
Unlike show breeches, which must be conservative in color, usually tan or white, schooling breeches allow you to show off your sense of style. Available in a variety of colors and fabrics, simply choose your favorite and you’ll be ready to ride in style.
Love your jeans for everyday wear, but don’t want to damage your saddle or deal with painful seam rubs? Now you can have the best of both worlds with denim breeches.
The Ariat Denim Breech
features Ariat’s signature style in a tasteful jean breech with a medium wash stretch denim and synthetic suede knee patch and decorative back patch pockets.
From Goode Rider comes the Full Seat Denim Cargo Breeches
, which features a trendy olive brown stretch denim with contrasting ultra-suede full seat and unique cargo pockets, which are even large enough to fit your smart phone
Fun Styles and Colors
Tired of plain old colors and traditional styling? Why not try breeches in fun patterns and the latest spring colors?
Plaid is back in a big way for dressage riders and the TuffRider Piaffe Plaid Full Seat Breeches
offer style and function. Featured in a lovely light grey plaid micro-fiber fabric with contrasting dark grey full seat and contoured sock bottom for comfort under tall boots or half chaps.
Bright colors are a way to add a splash of color into your schooling wardrobe. The Romfh International Brights Breeches are available in both a Euro Seat
and Full Seat
. These cheerful breeches are garnished with front pockets and are made of mid-weight cotton woven with spandex, to not only give you a fun ride, but a comfortable one as well!
Riding tights are the yoga pants of the horse world. Tights are one of the most comfortable and easy to wear styles of riding pants and are offered in knee patch and full seat styles.
The Irideon Synergy Tights
(shown in section above) feature a unique combination of technical fabrics for a sporty look and excellent support. Available in a variety of colors with the option of a bright contrast of color on the Camisoft waist band.