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post #51 of 52 Old 09-21-2011, 12:30 PM
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I'm not a guy but my boyfriend also rides and complains about this problem too, and he told me most male riders complain about it. If you know another guy that rides at your barn or a male trainer, why not befriend and ask them? We had alot of male riders at our last barn and 2 male trainers, and whenever they were doing trot without stirrups sometimes one of the guys would yell "my XXXXs hurt!" so it was no secret at that barn! My bf has 3 ways he handles it, when he gets on (or when he needs to) he adjusts so its not in the way, he also rotates his pelvis so hes sitting more back on his butt, and I noticed alot of guy riders sit this way, where girls tend sit more on the crotch and lean forward. Also when I had female instructors, I was told to sit more on the crotch, and male instructors always telling me to sit back. And also when he is posting, or jumping, he uses his legs as a shock absorber so he doesnt sit so hard on the saddle (which you shouldnt slam down on the saddle anyway) but he told me usually sits very very lightly. He also rides with stirrups 3 holes shorter than me even though we are exactly the same height. We were leasing the same horse for awhile which is how i came to discover these things, because the horse was acting different, we realized I was riding the horse with a heavier seat and controling more with the seat but he rode with a light seat and more leg and the manparts were a big part of the reason. But also he is more jumper and i am more dressage. It could also be the horse, we don't agree on horses because I like a horse with a big bouncy trot, and he prefers smooth trotting horses and he told me its because bouncy horses are more painful. But there are MANY professional male trainers that ride anything, so probably its a combination of getting of used to it and adjusting your riding style.
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post #52 of 52 Old 09-21-2011, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by krise88 View Post
...My bf has 3 ways he handles it, when he gets on (or when he needs to) he adjusts so its not in the way, he also rotates his pelvis so hes sitting more back on his butt, and I noticed alot of guy riders sit this way, where girls tend sit more on the crotch and lean forward...
I agree with your BF.

For riding English, I read (old US Cavalry manual) to roll back the hips until the fleshy part of the buttocks hits, then roll forward until it does not. For western riding, I was told to leave off that second part.

When sitting the trot, if I start to feel uncomfortable, I roll back on my pockets. For posting, it usually isn't an issue since my legs make it more of a controlled motion.

It also varies some with the saddle. The western saddle I ride was NOT designed for a is one of those shaped like a check mark, rising immediately in the front. Good for clearing the horse's withers, but not so much for my...uh...clearance. My Aussie saddle (and English) are more U shaped, and more forgiving.

And minimizing the rise in my posting helps me more than anything else.
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