Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in southwest France
Am I doing something wrong or doing too much of it? Saddle sores...
I've started taking once per week longe (voltige) lessons to supplement my 2x weekly riding lessons. I asked for these longe lessons to help improve my balance, because I just didn't feel comfortable doing any stirrup-less work (was always bouncing too much and falling to the side).
Now, after 3 longe lessons I can trot without holding on. Not really well, but I can do it for several times around at a fairly good clip. That was a big step for me, and I can already see the difference in my regular riding. I can finally canter without holding onto something (saddle horn, saddle blanket, mane, etc.)
After the last two longe lessons (about 50 minutes long), I have left with the most IMMENSE saddle sores. Not to be too graphic, y'all, but my whole butt crack is raw near and around my tail bone. Raw as in blistered and red and very painful.
My question: Am I just riding too much (45min-1hour) or is my technique bad?
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare