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NHhorserider 03-10-2013 02:22 PM

Embarrassing riding question
 
Hi, everyone

I am brand new to the forum. i recently just started riding again. I rode about 4-5 yrs ago. I had to stop for financial reasons. Now, keep in mind the context of the question revolves around the fact that I'm a guy. I know there are a lot females out there but, i'm hoping someone may have some help. I had a problem that existed when I rode before, it went away after I stopped riding. I will be as appropriate as possible but, what I had before, and started again, was some testicular pain after riding. When it occurred before I thought it was testicular cancer. I'm happy to say I do not have testicular cancer, hopefully I never will but, I am of the prime age of 28 so I need to be cautious. So, when began to ride again it just started to become a little painful. Now, of course i'm nervous again about cancer!! I'm fine though. I would normally ask my instructor this but, I am new to the barn, I really don't if I want to talk about my testicles, especially where there are usually some younger kids around, if you know what I mean :-o
So, I reside to the world anonymous forums. haha.. Anybody out there have any suggestions?? Thoughts? tips? Know anybody that has had this problem. I've been thinking about wearing a cup... thanks a bunch..

Critter sitter 03-10-2013 02:27 PM

not a guy here but could be a saddle issue or the way your sitting..
Hubby swears that he can only ride in in the most supportive underwear IE bikini brefs he tried once in boxer and said it was painful.

nvr2many 03-10-2013 02:30 PM

Same here. My husband will wear briefs, no boxers. If he forgets I hear about it the whole ride.

Chevaux 03-10-2013 02:30 PM

Let me start by saying I'm female so this may or may not apply - I don't know what type of riding you are doing or for that matter how athletic/fit you are but is it possible that you are overstretching your groin muscle while riding and the pain from that is transferring down to your delicate area (notice how sensitive I'm trying to be:lol:)? I ask this as I did pull a groin muscle one time and it was quite surprising how the pain travelled to other spots leading one to think there was damage there when there really wasn't.

P.S. Welcome to the forum.

faye 03-10-2013 02:36 PM

i would suggest that your underwear may the issue.
I would suggest that you try some supportive Y fronts that lift things out of the danger area.

my brother rides in very supportive budgie smugglers for exactly this reason!!

NHhorserider 03-10-2013 03:00 PM

Hi,

Thanks for the replies.. Interesting about the groin muscle.. i'll have to do some research on that. I did pull a groin muscle about 3 wks ago.. I was hiking in the presidential range and it was kinda nasty, hobbled my way out of there.. On comments on underwear.. I was thinking of that too.. I do wear tight fitting underwear. I actually do wear some type of bikini brief, I think its called a sport brief by some company called Claiborne. I wear them all the time, by far the most comfortable underwear I have ever had. So, i do have support. Maybe I need some type of true bikini brief, idk. I have also looked into riding pants. I do wear slim fitting jeans but, i've also been get some skin irritation on the side of my lower leg. Oh, and yes, I know i'm a mess, haha..:wink: thanks again..

jamesqf 03-10-2013 03:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Critter sitter (Post 1931395)
not a guy here but could be a saddle issue or the way your sitting..
Hubby swears that he can only ride in in the most supportive underwear IE bikini brefs he tried once in boxer and said it was painful.

Same here, and glad someone has raised the question.

My first question for the OP is whether the problem is from just sitting in the saddle (say at a walk), or only with certain gaits like the trot, which cause things to bounce.

I don't have problems with sitting, but I sure have with bouncing. (I don't even want to imagine what it'd be like in boxers.) My own solution - so far, I admit it's far from perfect - to that was to learn to do a semi-standing trot, high enough so that nothing touches the saddle. (And I'm doing trail riding, not dressage, so no points taken off for style :-))

tinyliny 03-10-2013 03:30 PM

Not a guy., but if the saddle doesnt' fit , then male or female, it's gonna hurt.
I used to have a dressage saddle that I dearly loved. But, anything more than a walk and my lady bits were mashed and majorly sore the next day. finally got rid of it and got another saddle which does not have this issue.
It has to do with the shape of the seat. YOur saddle might be too small for you, or angled too much upward in the front part (the seat, viewed from the side, looks like a bit of a "V". ) A flatter seat might be more comfortable.

and don't worry about this issue. I see no reason why this is embarassing or in appropriate. Comfort is comfort, and if you don' got it, you ain't a gonna wanna ride.

jinxremoving 03-10-2013 03:33 PM

Guy here...

I see that you're wearing tight underwear and that's good since riding with boxers can be super uncomfortable. You need to make sure that everything is properly 'tucked away' before you mount and that you're not perching forward in the saddle leaning on your boys - if you get my drift. Some saddles are very uncomfortable for guys, so that's always a possibility but probably unlikely since I assume you are riding western.

If you're looking for some really good supportive briefs with a pocket in the front to keep everything together, take a look at Saxx:

http://www.saxxunderwear.com/categories.php

Riding as a guy is a lot of trial and error at first when it comes to not hurting the boys, just keep at it and don't be scared to talk to your instructors about it. They'll definitely find it amusing, lol, but might have some suggestions for you.

NHhorserider 03-10-2013 03:39 PM

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Originally Posted by jamesqf (Post 1931447)
Same here, and glad someone has raised the question.

My first question for the OP is whether the problem is from just sitting in the saddle (say at a walk), or only with certain gaits like the trot, which cause things to bounce.

I don't have problems with sitting, but I sure have with bouncing. (I don't even want to imagine what it'd be like in boxers.) My own solution - so far, I admit it's far from perfect - to that was to learn to do a semi-standing trot, high enough so that nothing touches the saddle. (And I'm doing trail riding, not dressage, so no points taken off for style :-))

Hi,

The problem I think originates from trotting, I do a lot of trotting.. I will try a different saddle, its seems fine just sitting, its the up and down bouncing around, particularly for someone less experienced who gets smacked now and than from not getting posting right :lol: I also ride English saddle


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