I was having a discussion with a friend the other day about breeches, and we both started laughing at our complete opposite opinions. She is a big fan of suede full seats and wears them every ride – it’s all she owns. I, on the other hand, have a completely different view on them. It took me a while to even like the grippiness of a full seat at all, and even then I still really hate suede ones. It feels hot, and restrictive, and when I’m walking around I start to feel like I’ve got a loaded diaper. This has been the case across several different brands and styles that I’ve tried. Look, I have a big butt, ok? I don’t like having a big patch of not-really-breathable fabric all over it’s massive expanse. I’ve come to really like the silicone full seats though, as long as the silicone isn’t super grippy. My friend, of course, hates the silicone. Gotta keep those breech manufacturers guessing!
Suede full seats aren’t the only thing I hate that many other people seem to love. Fleece is another big one. Specifically fleece that goes on a horse, for any reason. Sheets, coolers, quarter sheets… why??? I don’t want to cover my horse in a tent of artificial fabric that doubles as a static factory and draws shavings, hay, and hair to it like glue. It makes me way crazier than it should, really. I do actually own a fleece cooler though, because I saw one last winter on facebook that had come from a Dutch showjumping competition, was in my colors, and was $10. I felt compelled to “save it”. I don’t really know why, because I put it on Henry once and then promptly never used again, because FLEECE UGH. At some point I’ll find someone to give it to that will love it, I’m sure, because fleece does seem quite popular as long as you’re not me. I’ll keep my wool coolers and my Saratoga.
Another thing I just can’t get on board with is neoprene, specifically on a horse’s legs during exercise. We’ve done plenty of studies by now to show that legs + excessive heat = BAD, and few things in this world trap heat more than neoprene. Trust me, I’ve worn my fair share of wetsuits. They are hot as balls.
So I just can’t really get down with putting that stuff over a horse’s tendons and ligaments, not when we have so many better materials available these days. Give me something breathable please. Yet neoprene is by far the most common liner/impact material found in all kinds of boots, even some quite expensive and popular brands. It’s cheap, it’s squishy, I get it. Lots of people love those boots. I just can’t.
The other thing that I really want to just throw in a trash pile and burn is web reins. I dunno who invented those nightmare strips but they are the literal worst. Stiff, slippery, and they tear my hands all to hell. Give me calfskin or rubber, or give me nothing at all. But please just don’t give me web reins. But if you have to, at least make it rubberized web so that it has a little bit of grip. Those are fine I guess. But some of y’all must really like those web monstrosities, because they sure do come standard with a lot of bridles, and tons of different kinds of them are made and sold. Bunch of crazy people.
Is there anything you hate/love that other people seem to feel the opposite about?