Jodhpurs or Breeches - Best Horse Riding Pants

by Alok P. Equestrianly Yours

lady wearing riding pants - jodhpurs or breeches

The Who, What, “Wear” and When of the Most Popular Riding Pants

Jodhpurs and Breeches

The equestrian community is close-knit but also very divided between disciplines. The different disciplines have separate goals and ideals, each requiring specialized equipment, including apparel. The equestrian wardrobe acts as a set of tools, not just for fashion and showing off. These differences go deeper than just English and western. Breeches and Jodhpurs are the most popular riding pants in the English world, followed closely by riding tights. 


English rider wearing jodhpur breeches

Why can’t English riders just wear jeans with long chaps like the western riders? Well, it all reflects back to tradition and the nature of English riding. Riders of English disciplines such as the hunters, jumpers, fox hunters, dressage and especially equitation, must be able to showcase their position in the saddle

Compact outfits that fit close to the body are ideal for showing a clean and tidy appearance. Baggy pants and shirts can easily conceal the low profile English saddle or get caught on tree branches for fox hunting or other obstacles such as in the jumper, hunter or equitation ring. 

Breeches and Jodhpurs feature a grippy knee patch or full seat pattern for the rider to have more grip on the saddle. The grip material must create enough friction on soft saddle leather for the rider to enhance correct contact and seat position in the saddle.


The original design of Jodhpurs was developed in India for polo players and eventually spread to the western world. They permeated into the everyday fashion world in the early 20th century and now will forever have a place in the equestrian world thanks to those that appreciate a very traditional and simple riding attire. 


Equestrian Rider wearing jodhpur or jods similar to breeches

Jodhpurs also called “jods”, are very similar to breeches in that they have a grippy knee patch for stability in the saddle and are used for English disciplines. Similar to breeches, there are a few distinct differences and different appropriate times to wear jods. 

Jodhpurs generally have an elastic strap at the bottom of both ankles that acts as an anchor, so the fabric does not ride up the leg and cause discomfort for the rider. These elastic pieces are worn outside of the boot and can be found sewn in or removable with a small button on the inside of the fabric. 


Jodhpurs are usually worn at informal events or just for schooling purposes for adults. They are not worn with tall boots as they would not fit comfortably inside the boot. Along with a folded bottom, jodhpurs are always fitted all the way to the bottom of the ankle bone for full concealment because they are worn on the outside of paddock boots. 

Jodhpurs are seen as a more old school option and usually made of cotton or a cotton blend. You won’t see many of the technical fabric options for jodhpurs as you often see boasted on almost all breeches, but we will get to that in just a second!

Worn with paddock boots, these are a suitable option for children in the short stirrup classes with gaiter straps or adults in the schooling ring that do not want to wear tall boots all of the time. 



Equestrian Show Jumping in Riding Breeches

Breeches are another type of riding pant that has evolved into a technical garment that is very popular with all English disciplines. Breeches are made to be worn underneath tall boots; because of this, breeches are the most popular and appropriate choice for showing as well as schooling and clinics! 

Breeches have a similar fit to jodhpurs. They are cut to be flattering to the body and feature outside seams for comfort in the saddle. Breeches can be found in knee patch style, full seat or euro seat styles. 


Breeches are considered more formal than jodhpurs, so if you are an adult or long stirrup child, you should be wearing breeches every time in the show ring. Breeches are also more suitable for formal clinics in respect to the clinician with a belt and collared shirt.

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