From Endurance to Dressage
Back when I was endurance riding, I only wore tights. And frankly, the shinier and louder they were, the better.
I also needed them to be fairly cheap as they took a beating.
Once I moved on to dressage, I realized that my loud and weird-colored tights looked out of place in a dressage court. I switched to sensibly colored breeches and simply endured them during our brutally hot summers. No more.
A few weeks ago, I discovered the Horze Juliet HyPer Flex Full Seat Tights from the Riding Warehouse. As soon as I put them on, I knew they were a winner. These things are much nicer than the tights I wore when endurance riding.
They actually felt like yoga pants. They were stretchy in all the right places without being baggy. I find that stretchy stuff tends to get stretched out. I figured the same thing would happen to the Hyper Flex Full Seats so I gave them a thorough test. I rode in them (and did barn chores) three days in a row on some pretty warm days.
Each day that I scooped them off the floor, they fit snugly without bagging behind the knees like some tights will do. Not these babies. They kept their stretch and maintained their original shape. On top of being comfortable, they also kept me much cooler and drier.
Lately, it seems as though all of the breeches I look at have a silicone seat. I haven't been very interested in trying them out. I've touched a few pairs of them, and they seemed really sticky. Recently, a friend was wearing a pair, and I asked her how she liked them. She felt like they were so sticky that her pants stuck to the saddle so much that she was left sliding around on top of them. Uh, no thanks.
I worried that the silicone on the Hyper Flex tights would have that same sticky feel to them. If you're looking for super grip, these aren't for you. The silicone on these tights feels more like suede rather than the plasticky stuff you sometimes see with silicone.
The first time I rode in them, I sat in the saddle with a bit of trepidation. I was concerned that they would mar the leather of my saddle. The second my butt hit the saddle, I completely forgot that I was wearing them until I hopped off. The silicone was never an issue.
There were two things about them that I wish could be changed. First, they are a bit of a high rise; they sit over my belly button. Frankly, with the extra fluffiness of my middle, it's probably good that they're keeping everything in place. Secondly, they only have one of those mini pockets on the inside. While I do barn chores, I like to shove my phone in a back pocket. These don't have a pocket. I don't hold it against them though as most tights don't usually have pockets.
I am definitely ordering at least one more pair of these, and probably two. They come in black, green, and gray. Riding Warehouse sells them for $59.95, but I always have a discount code that will knock them down to at least $50.95 which still gets me free shipping.
Since it's already in the mid-90s here, these tights are getting moved to the front of the rotation. I better get another pair soon!
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2022 Pending …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 SCEC (***)
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
6/26-27 SCEC (***)
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
8/7-8 SCEC (***)
10/30-31 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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