Riding breeches fit well, decrease the risk of blisters and, increase independent from the material, can also help riders to sit better and increase stability in the saddle. Riding breeches are a little tighter in order to avoid unnecessary creases that could result in blisters. The seams on riding breeches are also put where they do not cause discomfort. Riding breeches can been made from various types of materials – cotton, micro polyamide, polyester, and elastane are widely used.
Riding breeches can be full seat, knee-patch, partly paddle or completely unpadded. Full seat breeches generally enables a better grip on the saddle, while many people find that they get deeper into the saddle with unpadded or knee-patch breeches.
Riding breeches are created to be worn with riding boots, but they are now also worn together with riding shoes and short chaps/gaiters. On the other hand, if you have jodhpurs which are somewhat straighter and a little wider at the bottom, these can be worn with riding shoes. Jodhpurs many have a foot strap that is put under the foot to prevent the trouser leg riding up when sitting on the horse.
There are also various types of covers to provide protection and keep riders clean, dry and warm. Chaps are a practical, commonly used and simple to wear over riding breeches, riders can also take them off and put them on when being on the horse. The majority of chaps are made of suede, nappa leather, or waterproof nylon which work brilliantly in rain and foul weather.
Thermal riding breeches are also available for riders to use in winter. These can either be worn over riding breeches or simply over thermal leggings, for instance. The advantages of thermal riding breeches over normal salopettes is that they are usually made with zips that go the full length of the legs, making it easier to get them on and take off, and that they normally have a full seat, giving riders a better grip on the saddle.