Rubs on inner thigh from stirrups any way to fix?

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Rubs on inner thigh from stirrups any way to fix?

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    04-12-2012, 03:05 PM
Rubs on inner thigh from stirrups any way to fix?

When I got my saddle it was fairly new and now that its broken in where the stirrups attach to the saddle it presses against my thigh and its started to bruise and become quite painful. Has anyone experienced this and does anyone have a way to fix it? I tried shortening my stirrups a hole but it just moved the spot slightly where it presses against. My trainer doesn't think that its my position causing the rub but if anyone has any ideas I'd like to hear them!

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    04-12-2012, 04:18 PM
I'm not quite sure what you are asking? Let me tell you my experiance -

My saddle has rough-out on the knee pads. If I ride for a long time, especially posting, I'll get sores on my knees/lower thighs. I haven't found a cure yet :/ Is this what you mean?
    04-12-2012, 04:25 PM
Or is it that the stirrup leathers are pinching you? If the bruises are on your lower leg (which is your calf ;) then ride in half chaps ;) Problem solved!
    04-12-2012, 04:26 PM
You're talking about rubbing from the bulk under your leg from the stirrup leathers?

Get webbers. They eliminate the bulk. Of course, webbers are synthetic, so if you don't want to go that route, you'll just have to learn to live with it until your legs toughen up.
    04-12-2012, 06:39 PM
Ya i'm talking about the buckle from the stirrup leathers that sits under the "skirt" I circled it in the picture if you can see it. And the thing is its only started bothering me a few weeks ago and its not like I've just started riding because for the last 8 months I've been riding 6 out of 7 days in this saddle and before that I rode regularly my previous saddle (ive outgrown it now)
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    04-12-2012, 06:43 PM
The only way to reduce bulk under your legs is to get a leather that doesn't add to it, which is why I suggested webbers.

I understand about the buckle and digging into your thighs, I just don't know how to fix it other than trying something without a buckle.
    04-12-2012, 06:51 PM
Ok thanks anyway ill look into maybe finding some thinner ones
    04-12-2012, 07:01 PM
This may not work in the jumping world, but I'll offer it anyways...

I usually turn my leather strap so the buckle is on the inside, and then adjust it so the buckle is near my stirrup. That way, when my foot is in the stirrup, the buckle is away from my leg, and the buckle is not adding to the bulk at the stirrup bar - it is just two layers of leather folded over the bar. But it looks odd.

If you really don't mine being different, you could use Aussie leathers. They are designed so the buckle is also low, but it is hidden inside the 2.5" strap. I've used them on English saddles. They work fine, but you would get a lot of strange looks.

I tried the Bates version of webbers and hated them - they felt flimsy and didn't fit my leg. These have tempted me, but I've been spending so much on training bills that I haven't wanted to shell out more on tack.

Links below:

Prestige Ideal Dressage Stirrup Leathers - Quality Tack at Outlet Prices - VTO Saddlery

Stubben Webbers - Quality Tack at Outlet Prices - VTO Saddlery

Those look sturdy, and would reduce the bulk at the top.

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