I don’t own jodhpurs, but I wear breeches for all my riding because of the comfort. I mix and match all the time if for no other reason that I never know what my trainer is going to put on the horse. At one stable, another trainer is teaching me dressage- while seated on Western saddle. I’ve learned to simply deal with it. I have dress boots in the car, mud boots, breeches, cowboy boots……hell. And when I travel there is absolutely no telling what is available, including people who keep their saddles put together with chicken wire. Now that’s entertaining. If nothing else, what I’ve learned is to be supremely adaptable. I was in Patagonia where a German woman, who was classically trained in formal dressage, was having a devil of a time with her horse. Her horse, an Argentinean Criollo, hadn’t a clue what she was demanding of it, and getting irritated and annoyed. She was getting pissed off at an animal that had never had that kind of training, and she WAS the problem. The way I figure it, my trainers are forcing me to constantly adapt, and that is precisely what I have to be able to do in other countries. So yah, I agree that it’sz weird, but it sure is a good lesson in dealing with what’s there.

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