Riding breeches are athletic pants designed to both protect the rider and enhance their ability to be effective in the saddle. They are stretchy, but form fitted to protect the rider from rubs and chafing, while allowing the freedom of movement an athlete needs in equestrian sports. They come in different weights to conform to weather conditions and have full seat and knee patch versions depending on the rider's preference and needs. Full seat breeches are more suited for dressage and flat work, while knee patch are an effective choice for show jumping and eventing. Riders can concentrate on performance instead of the discomfort of wearing pants less suitable for riding horses.