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Jodhpurs

Pants used in English riding. Jodhpurs come in two styles: hunt seat and saddle seat. Traditionally, those used in hunt seat were cut full above the knee and tight below, a pattern that originated in Jodhpur, a state in northwest India where polo and other equine sports held sway.

These days, jodhpurs are usually not much fuller above the knee, if at all, because they are made of stretch fabric. This allows for the movement of the rider, which the extra fabric once accommodated. While these breeches were originally uncuffed for tucking into short or even tall boots, today they are usually finished in a cuff and are worn outside short boots (over which they fit tightly).

Adults may wear jodhpurs for hacking and lessons; young children (usually under twelve) may wear them in shows. The breeches are held poles and riding horses that also wear head, neck, and chest armor. Each combatant gallops toward the opposing rider and attempts to strike him on the chest and knock him off the horse to the ground. These days, jousting is performed in festivals with historic themes, in theme arenas, and at theme parks. It is the state sport of Maryland.