Breeches have been developed for sporting use and tailored to all the associated requirements. They are therefore indispensable for a good riding experience and optimum support in the saddle. However, women's riding breeches are no longer just appreciated for their sporting benefits but also celebrated in terms of fashion. In addition to trendy styles such as riding leggings for women inspired by the current fitness world, or unbeatably practical breeches with a mobile phone pocket on the thigh, you can always opt for the classic basic versions when it comes to breeches. Women's breeches with full seat, women's knee patch breeches, and breeches in black or blue are all timeless, including the latest Horze breeches, which are available in a wide variety of looks and offer a wide range of combination option.
No matter whether you are still at the beginning of your riding career or are already a professional, riding breeches are part of the basic gear of every female rider. There is now an almost infinite number of different styles, all of which differ in material, colour, cut or trim. Whether you choose strong, tough or light materials, full seat or knee patches, leather patches, extremely non-slip grip or imitation leather patches, high waist breeches or low rise breeches is entirely up to your individual preferences.
When it comes to choosing between women's breeches with full seat and women's knee patch breeches, opinions are divided. This is particularly true since breeches with full seat are on the rise. Generally speaking, if you need a little more support in the saddle, full seat breeches make sense. However, it is precisely this advantage that puts some riders off full seat breeches. This is because with some full seat breeches with grip you almost stick to the saddle. This may be advantageous for many novice riders, as it gives a feeling of security. However, advanced riders prefer less restrictive grip in the saddle, as this allows a freer and more flexible seat. Full seat leather breeches stick slightly less to the saddle but still offer excellent support. For this reason, they have stood the test of time. In the past, real leather was used. Nowadays, animal-friendly artificial leather is used, which is cheaper and easier to care for. Artificial leather full seat breeches also offer good support without sticking to the saddle.
Riding leggings (or tights) have become popular basics and should not be missing from any rider's wardrobe. They stand for a trendy and sporty lifestyle look - which they also represent in equestrian sports. Most riding leggings probably fall under the category of summer breeches. They are usually similar to traditional riding breeches for women: there are riding leggings with full seat and riding leggings with knee patches. They are usually cut a little higher in the waistband, so riding leggings with a high waist fit particularly well. Even in winter you don't have to do without your favourite riding leggings. Many top brands like Ariat and Pikeur offer cosy, warm thermal riding leggings with a full seat for the cold season. winter riding leggings for women are lined with a warm micro fleece and keep your legs warm and dry.
Jodhpurs for women with a full seat are very popular with leisure riders and western riders alike. The main difference to classic breeches is the unique cut and trim of the Jodhpur breeches. Unlike riding leggings, Jodhpurs are loose and airy on the leg and end in a flare, with the trim going all the way to the end of the flare. The flare makes the Jodhpurs perfect for combining with simple Jodhpur boots or riding shoes, extra half chaps or riding boots are not necessary. The Jodhpurs offer sufficient support in the saddle due to the extended trim. To prevent the flare from sliding up during riding, there is an elastic foot strap at the end of the trouser leg, with which the trousers are fastened to the shoe. For this reason, particular attention should be paid to the length of the trousers. Jodhpur breeches in short sizes are suitable for small ladies.
Not quite as chic as riding leggings but just as practical are women's waterproof riding trousers for women. Whether at the show, on the way to the riding hall, at the outdoor arena or on a trail ride in the rain, a pair of waterproof riding trousers is simply part of the basic tack for horse and rider, just like turnout rugs. Traditionally, rain overtrousers are pulled over the normal riding breeches. These waterproof trousers are therefore ideal for shows. In case of sudden rain showers, waterproof overtrousers protect your white breeches from mud and rain. However, there are also waterproof breeches. So if you like to keep dry while looking a little more stylish, there are also waterproof breeches from brands such as LeMieux.
Freezing in winter is a thing of the past. Trendy winter breeches for women keep you cosy and warm and look like normal breeches from the outside. Winter breeches are usually made of a softshell material. The microfibre fleece inside the softshell breeches provides excellent warmth and keeps legs warm and dry. So-called women's thermal breeches are available in different colours and fits, with knee patches or full leather or silicone patches. Most winter riding breeches are very hard-wearing and made from a waterproof and heat-insulating softshell material. Warm breeches with fleece lining ensure a cosy, warm and dry riding feeling even in icy, damp and cold temperatures.
Be it show jumping, dressage or eventing - at horse shows you wear white to cream-coloured breeches. Otherwise, show breeches for women are no different from traditional breeches. They are available with a full leather or silicone seat, with knee patches, as riding leggings or Jodhpurs - choose according to your own preferences. Apart from the basic colour, a lot is possible with competition breeches. Glitter appliqués, embellishments, contrast stitching and other highlights have long been part of everyday show wear. To complete the perfect show outfit around the white breeches for women, the matching show jackets for women and a sporty, chic women's show shirt should not be missing. Trendy brands like Horseware, Cavalleria Toscana and Spooks leave nothing to be desired.
Softshell trousers have been used in outdoor sports for many years. And so it is only natural that this trend has also quickly conquered equestrian sports. Softshell riding breeches are comfortable and very hard-wearing. At the same time, they are ultra-flexible and light. They also offer particularly good thermal insulation and provide reliable protection against wind and rain. At the same time, they are very comfortable to wear. Softshell breeches for women feel soft and comfortable on the skin. They are available as classic riding breeches but also as softshell riding leggings. Softshell breeches are usually used in winter. The lining of the winter softshell breeches is a real high-tech fabric. It is very breathable, but offers optimal protection against wind and cold due to the micro fleece lining. Of course, these highly functional breeches are also available in correspondingly chic styles. The Pikeur Softshell breeches are right at the top of the range. Not only do they perform well, but you will always look good in them, both in winter and in summer.
Jeans have always been one of those items of clothing that you can never get enough of. By now, they have also become a timeless fashion must-have in equestrian sports. Denim breeches for women therefore belong in the wardrobe of every trend-conscious rider. Practicality used to be the only thing that mattered. Today, once functionality is taken care of, design and appearance become the deciding factors. Top brands like Cavallo and PS of Sweden take their cue from the latest denim trends and cleverly combine them with the requirements riding breeches must meet. Accordingly, denim breeches are available in a wide variety of cuts and trim materials. From denim Jodhpurs to denim breeches with full seat - everything is possible.
We hardly ever leave the house without our mobile phone, it has become a daily companion and should not be missing when riding. But where is the best place to stow it? After all, such an important device must be well protected and within easy reach in an emergency. In winter this is usually not a problem, as there is always enough space in your riding jackets, coat or gilet. But where do you put your mobile phone in summer? The solution is breeches with a mobile phone pocket. Almost all styles of breeches are now available with a practical mobile phone pocket. The market offers everything from Jodhpur breeches with mobile phone pockets to riding leggings with mobile phone pockets. The classic riding breeches are extended by a sufficiently large pocket on the thigh or diagonally above the seat. This means that the mobile phone lies flat against the leg and can neither slip nor fall out of the pocket. For quick access, breeches with a mobile phone pocket on the thigh are preferable. The mobile phone can be pulled out of the pocket quickly and easily, even when riding. Higher mobile phone pockets have the disadvantage that they can be a little trickier to access while riding.
It's no secret that women love to shop - female riders are rarely an exception. Investing in a new pair of breeches is always worthwhile. This is especially true for fancy breeches that make a real statement. Basics like black breeches and blue breeches still belong in every wardrobe, but they don't make you look like a real fashion queen. So what makes statement breeches for women? The trend is characterised by bright colours, new fabrics and unusual details. So how about red breeches or trendy and even vegan leather breeches from PS of Sweden? Breeches with glitter or elegant decorative stitching are also very fashionable and real showstoppers. However, it is important to choose rather plain riding riding T-shirts or riding jumpers to go with the stylish breeches for women, which match the colour of the breeches but do not distract from your statement breeches.
Now you are spoilt for choice - all riding breeches styles have their advantages. Decide according to your personal taste and use. You can find all styles at Horze. Discover top brands such as Schockemöhle,, Covalliero and Imperial Riding. You will also find great men's riding breeches and a wide range of riding breeches for children.
In equestrian sports, different types of riding breeches are used for different disciplines. Regardless of your chosen riding style, quality breeches are not cheap, and finding the right ones for you can take some time. It’s therefore only really worth buying dedicated horse riding trousers once you're certain you're going to stick with riding. For the first few rounds on the horse, sturdy jeans are perfectly sufficient. Once you've been bitten by the riding bug, you can start thinking about the right horse riding jodhpurs or breeches.
You alone decide which model of horse riding breeches is best for you, as every rider has their own preference. It’s best to try on several models before making a decision. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your new breeches. However, to give beginners in particular sufficient stability in the saddle, we recommend starting with full seat breeches. For good contact with the saddle, there should be sufficient grip from the knees to the seat, such as that offered with silicone grip breeches. Such breeches prevent shifting back and forth in the saddle, as opposed to regular trousers that offer no grip. This gives you greater stability and a firm seat in the saddle, which is essential when starting out.
The right riding breeches for your body shape are those in which you feel most comfortable. Slim riders who don't want to conceal anything can wear almost any pair of riding trousers. Larger riders often feel more comfortable in stretchier horse riding trousers that give way a little. This makes them feel less constricted in their movements while riding.
If you find tight-fitting riding breeches uncomfortable because of stronger calves, you can opt for Jodhpur trousers with a bootcut. These have a flared leg and are also ideal if you want to wear riding shoes instead of tall riding boots. A bootcut flatters strong thighs as well.
Are you particularly petite or tall? Then you can choose shorter riding breeches or ones with extra long legs. Those are available from many different brands and in various styles. Would you like to flatter your figure and make yourself appear taller? Make sure that the seat or knee patch of your breeches is darker than the outer fabric. This creates an illusion of length and makes you look slimmer. Short legs can be visually elongated with long side seams or contrasting seams on the sides.
Both horse and rider are prone to sweating, especially on very warm days. A good pair of airy and comfortable summer riding breeches is therefore worth its weight in gold. But which breeches are best?
The most important thing is the right fabric. Summer riding trousers should not be too thick and should be able to move moisture away from the body, instead of soaking up sweat.
Special synthetic fibres made of polyester are best suited for this. Their light weight, as well as high-quality workmanship makes them feel very comfortable against the skin. Natural materials such as cotton (as used in jeans) are heavy and will soon make you feel sweaty, since they absorb sweat rather than move it away from the body. Full seat riding breeches are often very warm and not breathable. Depending on the breeches, they can even sometimes make the rider feel stuck to the saddle.
On very warm days, breeches with no seat or with knee patch are considered most comfortable. However, some manufacturers also offer full seat riding breeches with sufficient grip made with fabrics more suitable for summer. Riding breeches with mesh inserts are even more breathable. Riding tights are also worth considering, as they are particularly lightweight. Light-coloured breeches stay cool in the sun, while black ones can get very hot. Therefore, you should choose for lighter-coloured riding breeches during the summer.
The choice between full seat or knee patch riding breeches would depend on your personal preferences and your particular riding requirements. While quality full seat riding breeches give you stability at the knees, as well as the thighs and seat area, knee patch breeches allow for more freedom of movement.
When the weather is warm, you will start sweating faster while wearing full seat breeches, but on winter days they offer more protection against the cold. Your riding style should also be taken into account when choosing riding breeches. Because western riding disciplines involve a lot of movement, for instance, full seat breeches are most suitable here. You would also benefit from the extra support in the saddle and the better protection of your seat when you are on more demanding or trail rides.
For easy rides you need plenty of freedom of movement. Therefore knee patch breeches are the better choice. However, there isn't a definitive answer to this question, as preferences vary so greatly between individual riders. Some riders actually prefer breeches without a full seat as they simply feel most comfortable in them.