Sorry I never answered this earlier! But exactly another reason not to wear jeans… Stains! At the end of it all they simply are not made for English riding. For western I guess it’s a different story but I don’t know enough about that discipline form a fair opinion :)
Jeans, if they fit well, should be tight. They aren’t meant to be worn during an athletic activity. Riding is a sport, correct? To me it’s a bit like wearing jeans to go for a jog or go to yoga, you just wouldn’t do it. Sweating in jeans? Nasty. Whenever I’ve worn jeans I could never get into a 2 point properly because they are tight and not stretchy. To be honest, I don’t have much knowledge of western riding, but I see a lot more people wearing jeans in western rather than english. You don’t need to move quite as much (no two point) but I guess it could still easily ruin a western saddle as well. I’m really not trying to sound bitchy or snobby - I used to ride in jeans - until I realized how it was affecting my riding and, more importantly, destroying my saddle.
Go take a pair of jeans and rub them quickly against your skin. Feel how it starts to burn? It does that to the leather on our saddle. Over time it completely destroys the leather (trust me I did it). Also if there are any embellishments, studs, sequins, whatever, it’ll rip and tear and poke holes all over
I know I’m going to get shit for this, but it needs to be said. Unless you’re riding western, why on earth would you wear jeans riding? It’s awful for the saddle, it’s uncomfortable, makes holding a proper position impossible, and looks terrible. A pair of kerrits cost about $20, save your saddle which probably costs at least 20 times that.
Aw thanks! :)
1. I am currently aggressively procrastinating my homework
2. I have a dog and 2 cats
3. I am (hopefully) going down to WEF for a week this winter and I’m so excited
4. I do eq/jumpers but desperately want to start dressage lessons
5. I speak English (duh) and Spanish pretty well and I’m trying to learn German
6. I have a serious addiction to anything pikeur or animo and it’s becoming a problem
7. I am taking 4 ap classes and I want to die
8. I am hopefully buying my first car tomorrow!!! :)
9. I cannot stand the cold weather and am only applying to colleges in the southeast
10. I want to major in international business and minor in equine science and hopefully own my own stable one day
hahah thank you! Eq anon island sure can be hilarious.. once I have enough funny tweets favorited I’ll post another one!
A working student basically does barn chores like stalls or tacking up horses for free or very little money in exchange for free riding lessons. Some barns even provide food and housing for their working students and then they work all day but it’s for basically no money. But it’s an awesome experience you get to learn the ins and outs of a big barn and also get a ton of saddle time on some really cool horses getting lessons from amazing trainers :)
I’m sorry I took so long to answer this! No, I’ve never taught a lesson. Sometimes during shows when my trainers really busy I’ll help someone warm up but I’ve been riding for 11 years and am in no position to teach a lesson. It is extremely odd that your trainer would have her teaching lessons, there is absolutely no way that in 3 years someone can have the experience to teach someone else how to ride. It is kind of ridiculous that you would be paying a trainer for a lesson and then be stuck with some girl that’s only had 3 years of riding experience…