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post #21 of 54 Old 04-15-2013, 01:15 PM
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post #22 of 54 Old 04-15-2013, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares View Post
Exactly. If you can ride a bicycle with those tiny, skinny seats without hurting yourself, you can ride a horse with no problem at all.
As a very experienced bike rider, it's quite a different thing. First, if you are road biking, the bike is not bouncing, nor is anything else. (In fact, the problem on long rides has more to do with steady pressure.) If you're mountain biking on terrain rough enough to bounce, you're standing in the pedals, so your crotch is not contacting the seat.

As a not-very-experienced horse rider, the problem I have comes from bouncing, and is only at the trot. At a walk or canter, I can sit in the saddle without bouncing, and have no problems. Sometimes I can manage to sit a trot without bouncing, and again no problems. Or I can do a standing trot that's high enough so that the low point of me is always higher than the high point of the saddle...

And yes, jockey underwear. I can't imagine trying to ride in boxers (not that I would ever voluntarily wear them).

PS: You know, I just realized something. If I don't think about it, I tend to ride leaning forward too much. I'm unconsciously trying to take a proper biking position...

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My boyfriend got a special saddle made, he is an eventer. Also he rides mostly in the "up" position except when he is doing dressage to make extra sure he doesnt get "hurt" yet i do hear once in a blue moon that hes "injured" hahha. just have a good solid butt position and a strong leg and he should be okay. you shouldnt have to lean that far forward anyways if youre doing everything right. :)

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Jockey underwear got that name for a reason.
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Personally-I love that my DH supports my riding-from home-with his checkbook. Best way to be. I have the horse and barn all to myself, except for the occasional daughter riding, which is fine. Perfect, in fact.
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post #26 of 54 Old 04-15-2013, 08:17 PM
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"how do men ride horses?"

Well,we put our left foot in the stirrup and swing up on the Horse, put our right foot in the other stirrup and yell giddy up and hold on for dear life.

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^^ Your horse is well trained. I go directly from "right foot in the other stirrup" to "hold on for dear life". And sometimes I don't get my right foot in, either!
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post #28 of 54 Old 04-15-2013, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by JaneyWaney9 View Post
My boyfriend totally supports my riding, is interested in watching me ride, likes the up-keep, and loves helping me before shows.
I'd love to teach him to ride, and he isn't opposed, but he complains that in the times I have put him on a horse, he, to put it delicately, fears for the future of his unborn children.
I've put him in both english and western saddles, but that doesn't seem to make a difference. I've suggested briefs or wearing a cup, but he says that a cup won't do anything about, and briefs cut off circulation.

So, I put it out there. How do guys do it?
I can't even imagine what he'd doing that's causing the problem. I've ridden for 45 years and with the exception of the odd accident with a saddle horn during my cattle working days I've never hurt my "privates" while riding. In my MUCH younger days it was not beyond me to go skiny dipping after a hot day, ride bare back partway home (via tails throught the woods) in the buff to dry off and there was never any "injury". I don't see the underwear making a difference. An atheletic cup would likely cause more problems than it solves.

Just can't come up with what he could be doing wrong. Riding is not that difficult. Unless he is somehow managing to sit on his delicate parts (but that would take some deliberate effort to manage that).

I guess if the saddle has a lot of build up in the front part of the seat (deep seat...sits low in the back) he might be get a squeeze there. If that's the case get a saddle with a flatter seat.

If he's bouncing then it could be he's not posting correctly, but even so he can just stay above the saddle if he has to. My girl friend had the roughest time posting, but she could still trot by standing partially in the stirrups and did that often when she was trying to get in sinc with my mares trot.

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hmmmm now everytime I see a guy riding Im going to wonder what kind of underwear he is wearing....
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post #30 of 54 Old 04-16-2013, 06:40 AM
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Originally Posted by its lbs not miles View Post
I guess if the saddle has a lot of build up in the front part of the seat (deep seat...sits low in the back) he might be get a squeeze there. If that's the case get a saddle with a flatter seat.
Yeah, it very well could be the saddle if the OP's boyfriend is continuously 'squishing' himself.

For example, I ride two very high withered horses and the owner of one of them decided to buy a brand new saddle which was extremely guy unfriendly. I have to use a riser pad in the back to help level the saddle which makes an entire world of difference in terms of comfort from a guys perspective.

Originally Posted by Faye83
hmmmm now everytime I see a guy riding Im going to wonder what kind of underwear he is wearing....
I know a handful of guys who ride English and we all use boxer briefs or briefs. Loose fitting underwear such as boxers is not recommended for a couple of reasons. :)

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