I am in total agreement, and am happy to see your post. I am 52 and don't have the figure I had as a teenager. The low rise jeans cut into my stomach and they look terrible (muffin top)! I spent the last three years designing four styles of trail riding jeans for real people, like me! I am just launching my line, so with any luck you will see my jeans in stores and catalogs soon. I designed my jeans with excellent quality four way stretch denim, all the styles have a built in cell phone pocket (in case I become seperated from my horse, I want my phone on me, not on the saddle). Two styles have full seat leather and two have leather from above the inner knee down to the ankle... like a built in half chap. My legs and seat need the extra stick at this point!I I just got my first shipment from the factory of the finalized design and I love them, they are so comfortable and flattering, even on me! I'll attach a picture that I posted on on facebook. I'd love to hear your feedback on them.
Here are some of the features I incorporated that I felt were "must have's" in a riding jeans... stirrups so they don't ride up, cell phone pocket, wide covered elastic waistband, sits just below the waist, 4 way stretch denim that is a good weight for any season, heavy duty thread, full seat leather or from the knee down, bootcut that can fit over cowboy boots or paddock boots and no inner seam - so no chafing! The thing is, by the time I was done adding in all my must have's they were expensive to produce. In other words, to make a fine quality product is not cheap. But I made a product that I will use!
By the way, I weigh 160 pounds, I am thrilled at how good these look. Here's the picture...