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post #21 of 42 Old 09-17-2013, 11:45 PM
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As a pretty new male rider, I'd say first thing is fairly tight, supportive underwear. Jockeys, not boxers. And by "tight" I don't mean smaller than the size you normally wear, but new enough so that they are still elastic. Or a jock strap.

Second thing is starting with a standing trot, so that when you bounce, you don't go all the way down and hit the saddle. (I think this is easier on the horse, too, as your legs act as shock absorbers.) Eventually you will pick up the rhythm of the horse's motion, and become able to follow it so that you don't bounce.
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post #22 of 42 Old 09-17-2013, 11:49 PM
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Tighty-whities, or colored ones, might help. Boxers sound like a bad idea, but I've never liked boxers. Blue jeans are good. Much better than gym shorts.

I like my saddles to have a shape like this:



Some rise so fast in the front that they are undoubtedly designed by folks who hate men.

I'm not a big fan of sitting the trot as a new rider. I'd recommend posting for a trot, including if you use a western saddle.

Posting while trotting...male riders

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Beginner adult male rider..

This is a video on cantering, but I think it is helpful for sitting the trot and just general riding:


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post #23 of 42 Old 09-18-2013, 12:12 AM
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Some rise so fast in the front that they are undoubtedly designed by folks who hate men.
Well, there ARE saddles made specifically for women.
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post #24 of 42 Old 09-18-2013, 12:41 AM
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I've herd that bicycling shorts under your pants can help "hold it all together" So to speak. Tight enough to stop the bounce, but loose enough to still breath! Lol

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post #25 of 42 Old 09-18-2013, 05:39 AM
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Undergarments aren't the issue. I've always rode commando and never had an issue.

It's either the saddle is too small or you aren't sitting correctly. You're sitting too forward and not back on your pockets or tailbone, or you are sitting too forward in the saddle.
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post #26 of 42 Old 09-18-2013, 05:45 AM
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Sitting on your pockets.

For females, my old trainer used to shout 'You're sitting on the wrong hole'. For the men, she used to laugh about how careless they are over their 'eggs'.

My dad started riding, and found it very difficult in the beginning. Once you find the rhythm for the rising trot, it will be a lot easier. Until then, think 'Sit on pockets, sit on pockets'

The only real issue I ever managed to have was with my high withered school master. He had a very special dressage saddle, but it was extremely high at the front. Decided that canter half pass was boring, and bucked. And bucked hard. I landed on it. Ouch!
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post #27 of 42 Old 09-18-2013, 05:50 AM
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that's why I'm riding a Tennessee Walker....Much more Comfortable.
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post #28 of 42 Old 09-18-2013, 06:42 AM
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I'm female and I don't have much advice, but I wanted to reassure you:
Your problem is really, really common. Your mom will understand, your riding instructor will understand, almost every male rider too, and almost all females old enough to know how males are down there.

Your riding instructor could actually tell you how to sit a bit differently, maybe you're doing something in the wrong way and just sitting a little straighter (or less straight) might help a lot. Don't be shy. People know you have stuff there, and that they are likely to bump on the saddle.
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post #29 of 42 Old 09-18-2013, 07:18 AM
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Yup. Some people try to make the human body a dirty, disgusting thing that we should never speak of- we all know the anatomy of the other gender. It's no secret
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post #30 of 42 Old 09-18-2013, 07:19 AM
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This reminded me of a conversation my trainer told us once.
She had an adult group of beginner riders, half of them were men. She was talking to the stable owner, who is also a man, of what do they do, not to get hurt all the time, either when they learn to trot, or if the horse spooks or something..
He had responded that the only way is to put the jewels upwards, then they are out of the way. Just have to be careful not to sit forwards on the front of the saddle..
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