I was riding my horse today and we did a lot of trotting - about 30 minutes. I have a western saddle and it has silver on the stirrup leathers. They are round and fairly big, down each side.
By the end of the ride I started to notice my leg was hurting. I looked and I had several bruises as well as a big sore where it had been rubbed raw! It hurts too!
Maybe its partly the way I'm sitting the trot, but I think I've gotten tons better. It feels pretty relaxed and I don't bounce that much. I'm wondering if leg chaps would help? I don't want to take the silver off the saddle as that would kind of ruin the look.