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post #11 of 54 Old 04-14-2013, 09:09 PM
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My hubby never complained about "boy" pain when he first started riding and he'd never ridden before. He always goes with his bloomers aka boxers without an issue.

'Course he was always a "natural" at sitting on his seat bones, sometimes to a fault to where Fi got PO'ed for him just being a bump on a log with her lol.

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post #12 of 54 Old 04-14-2013, 09:41 PM
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For me, I gotta situate a lil at first. After that its no issue at all. Even on colts and buckers. I will say that I hate blue jeans with a passion. They aren't comfortable to me at all, but I love overalls. Possibly just his choice of britches is the issue?
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he rfiding in a chicks saddle ? With a narrow fence rail post seat ? Better fit saddle and some practice may help. Also could be the horse quite a few out there with bone jarring trots.
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Thanks guys! (And gals...)
I'll have to see how he's sitting in the saddle. I've never noticed his position, so I don't think it is too horrible, but I'll see if he's sitting too far forward.
I don't think it's an issue of a "chick" saddle...the saddle I use is actually a guy saddle. But it may be too small?
The horse's trot is really smooth, so I don't think that's the issue.

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post #15 of 54 Old 04-14-2013, 10:16 PM
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To some it may matter what type of underwear they have on. Others, not any difference. I go commando or free balling. I've wore boxers and briefs too. No difference.

Have him sit more on his back pockets or tailbone. He also needs to learn how to move with the horse or post when trotting. If he is bouncing, he's too stiff. Have him lean back just a little. It will make his abs sore the next day but the "boys" won't get hurt.
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post #16 of 54 Old 04-14-2013, 10:33 PM
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Some past threads:

Posting while trotting...male riders

Beginner adult male rider..

I've never felt my posterity were threatened, although I took up riding at 50...but anyways, looking back:

I guess anything that helps to prevent bouncing would help guys (and gals, too). I suspect most men have tighter hips that women, and it is hard to ride well when your hips are pulling your thighs together. I ride better than I did 5 years ago, and a big part is that my hips are looser. There were muscles in the thighs and hip that needed stretching.

I also had a tendency to press (brace) against the stirrups. Rigid legs makes for a bouncy ride. To this day, I can also make myself bounce if I try too hard to get my heels low or point my toes forward. Too much emphasis on 'position' can be a killer.

Riding is about movement and balance. Move with the horse, and it won't hurt either of you. Focus on some 'position', and you can bounce in ways that hurt - male or female.

My favorite video is posted below. It shows how a rider can move with the horse:


This part tends to be more controversial...but I think men find a feet forward position easier to ride in. With time, as my hips get looser, my heels have drifted back on their own. But if your hips are tight, I think the old position shown below works well until things loosen up some..provided you know to move your hips with the green arrow. If you sit static, that position will beat your horse up. I think Craig Cameron gives a good demo above:



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I also had a tendency to press (brace) against the stirrups. Rigid legs makes for a bouncy ride. To this day, I can also make myself bounce if I try too hard to get my heels low or point my toes forward. Too much emphasis on 'position' can be a killer.

Riding is about movement and balance. Move with the horse, and it won't hurt either of you. Focus on some 'position', and you can bounce in ways that hurt - male or female.
This is the same advice I give to all the folks that have such a problem sitting a trot. Let your body naturally follow the horse and don't think!

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May also be in saddle that is too small?

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Just a funny story on this topic -

In one of my classes for the course I did, one of the boys landed wrong in the trot. We all heard a groan, turned around, and saw him roll off the horse onto the ground. The teacher asked him what the heck he was doing, and he had the courtesy to claim that he merely had a stomach ache...

But I would think more supportive underwear would be a good first idea, just to stop it all from moving around to dangerous places. Definitely get him to work on his seat, too. My father got on my horse recently after 30+ years of no riding without problems, and he uses a seat similar to that mentioned by bsms - his legs are forward and he sits back on his butt more than I do.

Perhaps learning two point could be useful too, to give his boys a break.
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post #20 of 54 Old 04-15-2013, 01:12 PM
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Some past threads:

Posting while trotting...male riders

Beginner adult male rider..

I've never felt my posterity were threatened, although I took up riding at 50...but anyways, looking back:

I guess anything that helps to prevent bouncing would help guys (and gals, too). I suspect most men have tighter hips that women, and it is hard to ride well when your hips are pulling your thighs together. I ride better than I did 5 years ago, and a big part is that my hips are looser. There were muscles in the thighs and hip that needed stretching.

I also had a tendency to press (brace) against the stirrups. Rigid legs makes for a bouncy ride. To this day, I can also make myself bounce if I try too hard to get my heels low or point my toes forward. Too much emphasis on 'position' can be a killer.

Riding is about movement and balance. Move with the horse, and it won't hurt either of you. Focus on some 'position', and you can bounce in ways that hurt - male or female.

My favorite video is posted below. It shows how a rider can move with the horse:

Craig Cameron Explains How To Ride The Canter On the Equicizer & Horse - YouTube

This part tends to be more controversial...but I think men find a feet forward position easier to ride in. With time, as my hips get looser, my heels have drifted back on their own. But if your hips are tight, I think the old position shown below works well until things loosen up some..provided you know to move your hips with the green arrow. If you sit static, that position will beat your horse up. I think Craig Cameron gives a good demo above:



Or


Off topic but you make me want to go to a rodeo really bad!

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