I have been riding since the age 9. (23 now) Sadly I developed a severe knee displasya with muscle dystrophia and mild scoliosis, and have been given weird advices from doctors, so my riding has not been as regular as I would like to (year on year off pretty much) Finally I decided just to listen to my body and do as much as it's comfortable to do. For me it meant ditching saddles and stirrups.
For the last 3 or 4 years my basic riding equipment has been either totally bareback or, emmm, I really do not know the name in English, I will just try to explain. Firs on goes the saddle blanket (just a thin regular one), than a thinnish pillow like rectangular object with a seam running down the middle (along horse's spine), than an, emmm, belt like thing goes around (I mean, it has girth obviously, but the top part is about 4 inches wide, padded to sit nicely on horse's back and has a couple of D rings and two large sturdy handles attached) This is the usual equipment that my trainer uses for young kids/people with special needs (ehh, actually only equipment other than dressage saddles she owns) EDIT:I think I found the name for the thing, think it's ''surcingle'' Looks a bit like this one http://www.google.lv/url?sa=i&rct=j&...64332805292883
Two summers ago everything was sweet. I was 20kg (40 lb) overweight but on strict regime, lots of workouts, regular riding, had built up both agility and a bit of muscle mass, felt great. I could ride totally bareback without a single sore for a hour, walk, trot, canter.
I had a break for a year as I had trouble with university, now I'm trying to pick it up. The problem is, I have lost those 20kg and most of the muscle, my cardiovascular system is puny as, but, oh well, that happens, I know, with some patience I can build it back, but there is one thing hindering me.
Pain in the bum... Literrally
Since I have lost that weight and muscle, I get a horrible saddle sore on my tailbone. The horses I ride both have very steady gait and good, comfortable backs (no sawlike spines, they are pretty plump), my seat is good, maybe a fraction of a degree off to left side, but less than any rider with scoliosis and legs of different lengths would be expected to have. I do not wear g-strings to ride (did that once a few years ago, never again) I get a popped blister every time, that makes riding too painful after mere 20 minutes.
Obviously it's hard to build up skill if you only can practice for 20 minutes in a row, but, well just biting my lip and trying to endure does not work either as it gets too painful to do my backwork properly and I unintentionally start slacking.
Are there any ideas how to solve this or make it a bit more bearable?