Show-Breech Hate On Another Level

Considering breaking up with my show breaches.

Seriously, they’ve sucked (literally, like suction cups, unbreathable on the inside.), since the first day.

Not sure exactly which conditions they were originally created for.  Eventing? Nah, they don’t show their cross-country in white breeches?  Showing in rainy conditions maybe.  With extreme stickability…

sweaty full seat breeches
In the hated ones. They’re white. With black full seat. That’s about all they’ve got going for them.

Anyway.  They’re so clammy it’s a pain.

Wearing them feels like wearing a wet diaper, driving on some highway up in Oregon.  Where they always seem to go too slow.  While following the rear lights, painfully close, behind some guy with a “Jesus is coming” bumper sticker:  Damp, infantile, slow-moving, and hopeless.

Not sure you can relate, but the depression with these breeches is real.

Love all my three pairs of Romfh Sarafina breeches, and they’ve held up really well.

sarafina full seat breeches
Last year in Sarafina’s – still as good as new.

Considering trading up for a pair of white too!  Great to be able to switch from everyday schooling breeches to show, without feeling a difference in the tack.

Have a favorite brand and model of show breeches?  Let’s hear it!  Which ones, and why?  I’m all ears.

29 thoughts on “Show-Breech Hate On Another Level

    1. Haha, I wish!!
      As it turns out, even if I buy a new pair, these suckers will still have to go in the showring a few more times 😦
      Have a couple of back-to-back events, and, well, white breeches only stay white for one day…
      How I hate them though…

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  1. Don’t get my daughters started about breeches.

    The “uniform”: They opt for skinny jeans instead of breeches for practice at home; practice at a show, it depends what they brought with them. In the show ring, it’s Sarafina white breeches. Their hunt jacket choices are black, navy blue, regular blue and red. (The red is new.) Blouse choices are either a white banded collar or a white narrow turtleneck for showtime, everything else for practice.

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    1. Jeans, ouch!!
      I had some breeches with harder seams, got rid of them in less than a year.
      On the Sarafina’s – I LOVE them for schooling. If you have anything to add if they’re transparent in white I’d be all ears. Someone else mentioned they’re see through, then another one said they’re not…

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      1. Okay … the skinny jeans my girls wear doesn’t have the heavy inseam or outer seams found on regular jeans; the seams on theirs are comparable what you’ll find on some breeches. They wear regular jeans on trail rides. Sarafina white breeches, they haven’t had encountered the transparency issue. If they did, they wouldn’t be allowed to wear in practice or in the show ring, period. What helps is that we have one local retailer that only sells new equestrian clothing and boots … no seconds, no consignments. At least with a store, you can touch and feel.

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        1. Glad to hear!! Last thing I need is any more show day trouble 😉
          I our greater area, only 3 (& 1/2) stores with equestrian clothing, and only 1 that had much of a selection- and it just closed its doors last month.
          We have a newer Dover store about some 2 + hours away – on my list for a visit!

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    1. Goode Rider’s are awesome too, I have three pairs, 2 Iconics and 1 Pro rider.
      If you happen to know which model you have in white, let me know 🙂
      And, because of other comments – I’d love to hear if you think they’re see through at all!

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  2. The only opinion I have about white breeches (I only own two pair, one an extremely off-brand and one Grand Prix) is that I really don’t want to ride in full-seat ever. I prefer to move with my horse and be able to adjust my body in a split second, not be stuck to her. Full seat for jumping maybe, but not dressage. Not to mention that full seat somehow manages to feel really thick. Maybe I’m just not willing to spend $$$ on something that feels like it’s integrated with my skin.

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    1. One of the reasons I’ve stayed away from the Silicone seats – too much stick. (But I love how they’re so much more flexible and breathable…. So, now that they make models with less “stick” I might have to try some…)
      Anyways, I find that the full seat schooling models I have are not extremely sticky. When you’re up for it, give Romfh or Goode Rider a try! I feel I can adjust really easily in the saddle, absolutely no tackyness.
      But yeah, thick… 😦

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  3. Actually, a lot of eventers jump in their whites. It’s a thing. I don’t know why as I despise white, but a lot of eventers don’t seem to share that opinion. I have the Romfh Sarafinas in white in my drawer. They’re comfy, but incredibly see-through so I have yet to wear them outside my house.

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  4. I have yet to find a pair of white breeches that I like. I only ride in knee patch breeches (I can’t stand the stickiness of full seats), and it seems that there aren’t as many options for white knee patch breeches. I think the next pair I’m going to try is the Ariat olympia, they’re my favorite pair of schooling breeches.

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    1. You’re not alone – I know several dressage riders who really don’t like how thick, or overly sticky, the full seats are…
      Thanks for the Ariat mention though – they make SUCH a pretty pair with sort of a silvery flower ornament embroidery on the side, I’d really like those too.
      Well, in full seat 😉

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  5. Ha ha ha ha ha, yes, indeed! The only advice I can give you is to buy the breeches you ride in every day…in white. That way you have no distracting, “ugg, these feel uncomfortable/pinching/sticky/weird/falling down/creepy/nonbreathing/your adjective of choice. My favorites are Animo (knee patch are fine), but they are expensive (I only buy them on sale, although that’s hard to find) and hard to find (online usually). Last a long time, though! Light weight, breathe amazingly (great for our hot climate). Beware the super low-rise ones, though. Mastermind are gorgeous but also expensive. Pretty, pretty, pretty, and comfy and flattering. Everyone here in San Diego seems to wear them.

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    1. Yes to Animo! Completely out of my budget for now though… I need new stirrup leathers at some point too, sigh. Love any breech that is lightweight yet still quality, so I might have to check them out 😉
      (Never low rise again though. Been there, done that. I like to pick hind hooves in decency.)
      Mastermind??!! Never heard of it. I must Google!! Thank you 🙂
      If you’ve ridden in Equiline I’d love to hear what you think of them as compared to Animo/Mastermind!

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      1. Bought a pair of Equiline on eBay on sale and did not find them comfortable for me. So I resold them after trying to like them for a couple of rides. They looked GREAT on (made me look so slim), but they were such tight, stretchy fabric, like a girdle, that they were so uncomfortable. Yuck, no thanks. Mastermind really are nice. But Animo are lighter weight and breathe so well in hot climates. They are my favorite. Equiline coats are amazing, though, if you can find one on eBay (I do have their shad belly…now I just have to get to FEI…if only we could nail those flying changes!!! oh, and a few other things, too).

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        1. Yay! This is why I need my friends here. I’ve seen tons of good looking Equilines, assuming they must be awesome to ride in. And now this. Aha! I don’t need to go back to riding in any super-tight, girdly breeches. Been there done that!
          Loved how Mastermind look online, never seen on anyone yet. If I can ever find a good sales deal, I think you’ve steered me to a good pair of Animos for schooling!
          Oh, and you’ll get to FEI – I’m sure of it!

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          1. Mastermind look and feel great, but you live in a hot place and I suspect they might feel too hot six months of the year. Animo is your best bet, but watch out for those low rise! They want to fall off at inopportune times. The others, though, are so great…my favorites for sure. They BREATHE and grip in just the right way, no bulk, all the seams in the right place, no pinching. Ah, Italian engineering. You can see why they are expensive when you actually touch them. If there is ever a big Hunter/jumper show near you, check out the booths, they may have them (so you could try them on). Then you can look online for discounted ones. But you either should try first or find a place where you can return them…just in case.

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          2. Just going to sit here with a little Animo dream then 🙂 The ones I liked were $600, ugh! So, NOW I have a reason to head out to the annual Sacramento International jumping show one time. The shopping/trying on possibilities! 🙂

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          3. $600???? Auuuuuggghhh. Wowza. I’ve looked online and seen some for 399 or maybe 450, bad enough for sure. Sometimes they go on sale and are in the 250 or low 300s range – still bad, although if you get them from England when they are on sale, they are less. Find what you like (but not the $600 ones, because even if they are ever 50% off, they are still too expensive!), and then keep an eye out for them on sale in England, or eBay. Aren’t they gorgeous?

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  6. Tell us what you really feel about Oregon drivers! Burn, give, sell those, and buy what you like. Showing is too stressful without the problem with clothes.

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