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post #1 of 28 Old 10-29-2014, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Red face 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.)

HOWEVER.

HOWEVER...

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
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Sounds like you are riding in the wrong clothing, at least for now while you are learning.

If your pants are loose, they are going to be able to rub all over the place as you move around in the saddle. Seams in your undies? Also a potentially bad thing.

There is a product called Body Glide that I apply under my tights in places that might be likely to be rubbed during long rides and it helps a LOT.

Don't think the "riding too much" is an issue, as I have spent up to 19 hours in the saddle and not come away with rubs..


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Sounds almost fungal. Try some Lotrimin. My friend uses Vaseline on endurance rides.
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Sounds like you are riding in the wrong clothing, at least for now while you are learning.

If your pants are loose, they are going to be able to rub all over the place as you move around in the saddle. Seams in your undies? Also a potentially bad thing.

There is a product called Body Glide that I apply under my tights in places that might be likely to be rubbed during long rides and it helps a LOT.

Don't think the "riding too much" is an issue, as I have spent up to 19 hours in the saddle and not come away with rubs..
Hmmm, well, I'm wearing riding pants that are fine for my regular riding and trails. My underwear has no seam at the back (I feel like I'm sharing way too much info here, ha ha). Maybe I'll try to find that product. May not be easy ... I'm in France.

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Sounds almost fungal. Try some Lotrimin. My friend uses Vaseline on endurance rides.
Ha! Fungal! No way. It's from rubbing, not fungus. Man, I can't stop laughing.
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I once spent an all day out riding bareback, way back in my youth, in Mexico, on a hot Mexican horse. he jigged all day. when I got home, and took a shower, I nearly screamed because the water on the rubbed raw spot, just exactly where you are taling about, suddenly burned, and I thought I had gotten a scorpion down my pants that was stinging me in the shower.!!

I think it's just that yoiu might be leaning back more than you are used to, when you are sitting the trot. a lot of people , when sitting the trot, try to absorbe the movement by leaning back and kind of letting it come through their pelvis, which is in front of them. it works, but you will always be behind the motion.
in time, you will be more able to sit perfectly upright and stay on "top of" the wave of her motion.

good for you for taking these lessons. it's been SO long since I did this . I am sure I would just plain fall off!
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From another sport where riders may spend several hours in a hard saddle, some wear bicycle shorts with speedos under them. Seems that the speedos cling to the skin with the rubbing confined to the surfaces of the speedos and bicycle shorts.

Seems something similar could be adapted when wearing tights.

BTW, the particular recreational group I'm referring to has a name for your problem. It's called "Monkey Butt" :0) Just think of the monkeys you've seen sitting around in the zoo and you'll understand the term.
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Wear panty hose and don't wear jeans.



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Since we've already hopped right of into TMI territory, I'll just keep it going.

Do you wear underwear or do you go commando? If you wear them, what kind are they?

How do your jeans fit?

Are you sure your saddle fits you?

Are you perhaps leaning back to absorb the motion as Tiny said?
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she said she is wearing breeches (riding pants).
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