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February 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 153

Jodhpurs are an essential part of horse riding. They are designed to be flexible and comfortable. Some are made from a cotton and synthetic materials. The spandex in them helps the pants to stretch and mould to your body. They are long in length and go right down to the ankle. Some finish with a cuff, or have an elastic strap at the bottom. This fits like a stirrup and stops them from riding up. The long length goes great with a long or a short boot.

The jodhpurs have a bit more material added to the seat and inner knee. It is usually made out of suede or a synthetic suede. This stops chafing and stops your knees from slipping forward when riding. Some jodhpurs have more cushioning than others, so you will have to choose according to the type of riding that you do.

The stitching has also been cleverly designed. They either have a flat stitch or no stitching at all. The stitching is designed to stop rubbing and to prevent chafing. Doing this gives you a lot more comfort when you ride. Most jodhpurs feature a standard front hook and a zip closure, whilst others, in particular children's sizes, you can just pull them up.

Jodhpurs come in two different styles, the high waist and the hipsters. To measure properly, first you need to decided what style you prefer. Then get a tape measure and measure around your waist for the high waist design. For the hipster style you need to measure around your hips. You then measure the inseam of your leg to get the correct length for you.

Jodhpurs are a very tight fit, so whether you buy online or from a shop, you need to make sure you go one size bigger in your waist measurement and for your pants size, I always go one size bigger than my standard jeans size. Another thing to watch out for is when you try them on, check there is no gap at the waist and the patches fit right over your inner knee.

You can choose a variety of colors, which is great because the darker colors are fantastic for every day use and easy to keep clean. Make sure you check with your clubs first, because you may also need the traditional cream or lighter colors because they still are the choice for competition work.

When you first get them home they will be quite tight and a bit stiff. So give them a wash using manufacturers instructions and wear them a couple of times, you will find they will mould to your body and will start to stretch.

I also have been told by friends and other riders that are a bit bigger in size, that the jodhpurs are not very flattering on them. So if you are a bit hesitant in trying them, maybe start with a darker colors, they are a lot more slimming and also with boots they tend to balance out.

There are a lot of different styles out there as well, so you need to do a bit of research, ask other riders what brands they like and try a few pairs on. I am sure you will find a pair of jodhpurs that are comfortable and that suits you.

Some people worry about how they look in jodhpurs, it is all about comfort and to stop chaffing while you ride. People passing by don't even look at what we are wearing, the horse usually gets all the attention. So don't stress just have fun and be comfortable. Enjoy the ride and have a few different pairs of jodhpurs in your wardrobe.

Jodhpurs come in two different styles, the high waist and the hipsters. To measure properly, first you need to decided what style you prefer, then get a tape measure and measure around your waist for the high waist design and around your hips for the hipster design. For more information on jodhpurs go to. Jodhpurs

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