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Fw: [RC] Long distance riding and jeans - Dot Wiggins

Right on Bob.
And I did say soft leather well fitting chaps, the heavy stiff bat wings  don't do very well for endurance.
----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Morris
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2007 1:10 PM
Subject: RE: [RC] Long distance riding and jeans

To back up what Dot Wiggins stated:


Between Dot, my wife Arlene and I we have over 30 thousand miles of competition all wearing Jeans with minimal problems.


If you add in training rides the mileage goes up over 100 thousand miles of wearing out those Jeans.




Bob Morris

Morris Endurance Enterprises

Boise, ID

-----Original Message-----
From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Dot Wiggins
Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2007 9:21 AM
To: Beth Leggieri; ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [RC] Long distance riding and jeans



----- Original Message -----

Sent: Saturday, November 24, 2007 6:36 AM

Subject: [RC] Long distance riding and jeans


Hoping for suggestions to those of you who wear jeans, not breeches/tights/jods, when riding longer distances.  Am looking for advice for how to avoid the "crunch at the knee" that causes blisters, etc.  This is for a friend who will be doing mostly walking, some trotting--and not posting, and some cantering.


I've seen some postings on this --


1.  True that wearing pantyhose under jeans helps avert the friction from seams?

  YES.    I've never ridden in anything else.  Panty hose in a size larger than you usually wear works well, don't need to be tight.  In cold weather I use cheap exercise tights, they keep you surprizingly warm.   The "tapered leg", "slim leg" styles work best.  If there is a tendency to work up, use an under the instep strap to prevent the wrinkles.



2.  And for those who for whatever reasons prefer not to ride in form-fitting riding attire, what else would work?  Anyone ridden in sweat pants?


 Never tried it but know some that use sweat pants a lot, they work for them.



3.  A cowboy told me that's what chaps are for -- ??  Do any of you ride in full chaps over jeans and find that the chaps do protect your skin from rubs and blisters?


If the chaps are light weight soft leather,  fit well,  "shotgun" style

they will help.  Fit is everything.  Nice when it's raining and cold if they are the right kind.    The good ones are expensive, but they will last a lifetime.  They can be a little heavy if you walk or jog with the horse, or while cooling at a vet check.


I just can't bring myself to wear soft fabric between me and the trees and thorn brush.  {;>)    I can see $$$ left on the brush, with jeans the stickers just slide off.



Thanks for helpful advice.  You can reply privately if you wish, but I'm thinking that perhaps there may be some lurking newbies who might benefit from contributed suggestions.


Beth in Texas


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