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post #11 of 17 Old 12-19-2011, 09:24 PM
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Well, I wear tight jeans (Wranglers, available for about $15 at Wal-Mart) and 'tighty whities', although they actually come in colors now. Apart from a tendency to sing soprano, I've noticed no problems...

Joking aside, I think a couple of things are important. No - get your mind out of the gutter - not THOSE couple of things. I mean about riding!

1 - If you're riding on your balls, you're either jumping or doing something very wrong. And I honestly think you are doing something wrong if jumping causes contact, but I don't jump so I won't say. Or maybe you need to wear tight jeans. If I'm in an English or Aussie saddle, I'd have to lean WAY over to get contact between the family jewels and the saddle.

Realistically, how many guys can't sit in a chair because their testicles get slammed on the chair when they sit down? Your thighs are not vertical when you sit in the saddle. You are not straddling a 2x4!

The picture below is of an old-time cowboy. They rode with a straighter leg than most modern riders.

Even there, his thigh is forward of vertical, bearing weight and preventing his balls from contacting the saddle. Or consider the ancient Greeks, riding naked:

If riding a horse required contact between the balls and the horse, men would never have tamed horses.

2 - Western saddles can be more of a problem. The typical western saddle now-a-days is marketed to women. They look more like a torture trap for men:

This is the "Julie Goodnight Circle Y Teton Trail Flex2 Saddle" - maybe it works for Julie, but Bob has no desire to ride in it!

A better design for men is the old style Wade ranch:

Most English and Aussie saddles avoid the stupidity of the 'saddle for women who hate men'. This is the one I mostly use:

Like most English saddles, it allows a man to be a man.

Please remember that men rode horses for thousands of years before it became common for women to ride. It says a lot about how depressingly female dominated riding has become that folks wonder if men can actually ride a horse without pain.

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post #12 of 17 Old 12-19-2011, 10:22 PM
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bsms nails it yet again.
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post #13 of 17 Old 12-19-2011, 10:23 PM
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Just thought I would throw this in. Gramps was in the calvary before it was disbanded. He swore up and down that a McClellan was nothing but a giant nut cracker. He said that gap down the middle did not save his jewels from abuse.
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post #14 of 17 Old 12-19-2011, 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
its called buying a gaited horse, No more trotting, ever.

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post #15 of 17 Old 12-19-2011, 10:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Darrin View Post
... He said that gap down the middle did not save his jewels from abuse.
If Gramps was relying on the gap in a McClellan, then he needed to try sitting up straight. Just IMHO. Besides...Gramps wouldn't be a gramps if there had been too much damage!

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post #16 of 17 Old 12-20-2011, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by jinxremoving View Post
Well this thread is going to get awkward sooner or later, might as well kick it off...

Speaking as a male rider who does jumpers, there's always going to be the occasional bang against the saddle that's going to hurt. I have no idea what it's like when someone squishes your boobs but I imagine it's the same horribly awkward feeling when it happens to us down there. You quickly learn how to sit on your seat bones and avoid leaning forward unless necessary.

For me personally, I took most of the hits while posting and found that some saddles were more forgiving than others. Eventually, I realized that I was simply rising too high and coming down was where things were getting squished. I can now go weeks without having any memorable incidents but it does happen from time to time. Just last weekend, I had a jumping lesson and near the end I got lazy and lost my balance going over a rail... slammed myself into the front of the saddle and it was the most excruciating pain ever! Needless to say, I won't be making that mistake again.

I never feel uncomfortable riding, but I have to 'adjust' myself before I lead the horse into the ring. A quick look around, make sure no one is watching and then align everything up so it's perfect, lol. This is probably too much information, but you don't want anything tucked under you that doesn't need to be there if you catch my drift. Also wearing boxer briefs, jockey shorts or plain briefs is much more comfortable than loose fitting boxers.
I appreciate your response! my fiance is getting into riding now, and I have to say I wouldn't know what advice to give him. Thank you muchly!
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Okay, thanks for responses. That gave some perception to the issue.

"On hyviä vuosia, kauniita muistoja, mutta kuitenkaan, en saata unohtaa,
Että koskaan en ole yksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
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Ja pian taas uusin hönkäyksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Hei tuu mun luo, pieneksi hetkeksi. Puhutaan, varjoni, valkoiseksi enkeliksi."

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