Riding Breeches are an essential part of riding. Whether you are doing competition or riding just for fun, they are comfortable and stretch with you while you are in the saddle.
They are very similar to riding jodhpurs, except some breeches are tight throughout and go half way down the riders calf. You are recommended to wear them with a long boot.
They do have patches like the riding jodhpurs and they are also available in full version.
The patches are there to protect you from chafing and also helps with stability when riding.
Riding Breeches come in a variety of colors, which is fantastic because you can choose the style and the color according to what type of riding you are doing.
Breeches range in price depending on the fabric and the make of the product. Make sure you buy according to your budget, and always buy one size bigger than your normal jeans size. They are tight-fitting so it is a good idea to go a little bit bigger.
When caring for your breeches, some people just throw them in the washing machine. Probably not a good idea, your breeches wont last very long and the leather suede will dry out or crack.
The correct way to wash your pants are:
- Always wash them separately from your other clothes and use a mild detergent eg Leather therapy wash.
- There are a few different products out there, so don’t use a traditional leather cleaner it will dry out your leather.
- Only use cold water and a gentle machine wash. Always remove the pants before the last spin, this is to harsh for your breeches. Take them out and wrap them in a towel for about five minutes, this will get most of the moisture out.
- Apply a rinse and dressing to the leather and hang them out to dry. Always hang them in the shade not in the sun.
Don’t put soap or conditioners on dry leather, if you have stains, soak your breeches in cold water until thoroughly wet, then put a small amount of dish soap directly on the stain and rub gently. soak for about an hour.
After an hour, rinse thoroughly and finish off with a towel dry. Add your conditioner to the leather, then hang them out to dry remember not in the sun.
By doing this process your breeches will stay looking good and last a lot longer.
There are a few different products out there, so don’t use a traditional leather cleaner it will dry out your leather. Never use an ordinary stain remover and never dry clean.
Remember, don’t put soap or conditioners on dry leather. This will damage your breeches.
You can buy the appropriate product on-line or in your local tack shops, they have a range of products that will suit you. So when purchasing your breeches look after them,they will wear better and last for a long time.