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    01-26-2012, 02:25 PM
I've had three different riding instructors over the last 12 months, one of which is primarily an AQHA western trainer/instructor, and none of them ever mentioned that being in a chair seat was a good idea. Ever. In fact, quite the opposite.

Not even when learning to ride from scratch (which is where I was a year ago).

All of them have over 30 years of riding experience. Two of them over 40 years of experience.

You can probably guess which way I'm going to go.
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    01-26-2012, 04:27 PM
Folks can ride any way that works for them. Most men quickly adjust regardless of style. Most probably don't wear boxer shorts with sweatpants while riding, but beyond that, it is pretty individual.

I gave recommendations off of what works for me. What works best depends on you, the horse, and your goal in riding. When I started riding, the first books I read were written by western pleasure & dressage folks, and the shoulder/hip/heel thing gets a lot of emphasis - as it should, for those styles of riding. With time, I discovered my horses, tack and interests were not well served by the shoulder/hip/heel thing, and now I find myself changing my shoulder and heel position based on what my horse is doing, and what I want him to do next. Sometimes they are aligned, and sometimes not.

But in terms of a man riding and not hurting himself - I regularly ride English, Australian and western saddles. I ride in jeans, and I don't mind using my thighs and stirrups. Sometimes I"m 'forward', and sometimes I am not. And I've never had a significant problem - significant meaning enough discomfort to cause me more than a momentary problem. Of course, I'm not a porn star, nor have I played one on TV...

If someone has a male friend who is worried, tell them to relax. It simply isn't a big problem for most males. I can't speak for the 'exceptional' ones...
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    01-26-2012, 05:16 PM
Thank you again people. I think when we do have more time to teach him to ride we will pick him up a pair of mens breeches, or at least a pair of jeans with no inner seam, room in the crotch but generally more fitting than what he usually wears.

He has had a bit of walking in my saddle and said it wasn't uncomfortable or squishing anything so we should be good there.

English is what I ride.

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