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post #21 of 90 Old 12-25-2019, 12:26 PM
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Some riders have this problem, but not all (I don't) so I think it must have to do with your build. I did ride in a Bates that was less comfortable than usual, but I can't say I was truly sore, however, a good friend of mine had a big problem with this. Hopefully the suggestions you've got will help! It does seem somewhat common.

For me it's my inner thighs if I ride in a Western saddle. I'm fine in a variety of English saddles, and even my Australian saddle, but Western saddles really jab my thighs so I probably need a more narrow twist. It was unpleasant enough that I won't ride in a Western saddle anymore.
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post #22 of 90 Old 12-25-2019, 12:32 PM
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Can't help with any advice re the pain, but with the rubs.
I don't know how the climate it where you live, but if it is rather warm and you are sweating, cotton undies are not your friend. They get damp and can give you the most wonderful rubs
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post #23 of 90 Old 12-25-2019, 12:34 PM
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I'm a guy, but...post small, not big. Let the thighs absorb some of the up/down motion. For a big trot, I just stand in the stirrups rather than post. Sheepskin (or something like my Abetta saddle) will prevent you from sliding as far forward/back.
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post #24 of 90 Old 12-25-2019, 01:24 PM
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whatever saddle type you are riding in , Western or English, do NOT get a sheepskin that is shaped like this:





meaning , that there is not padding under your thigh area. This is because having the padding ONLY under your tender lady bits will only INCREASE the pressure on those parts becasue it pushes upward there, and not on the thighs.


Instead you want a pad that covers the whole seat, AND the top part of your thighs. such as this:



you could even use padding, glued to the inside of the sheepskin on each side where your thigh will rest, leaving an open 'slot' for your tender parts. this will raise those parts off the saddle a bit , putting your weight more on the thigh instead




and, pay for the best Merino wool you can get. NO synthetics.
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post #25 of 90 Old 12-25-2019, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Some riders have this problem, but not all (I don't) so I think it must have to do with your build. I did ride in a Bates that was less comfortable than usual, but I can't say I was truly sore, however, a good friend of mine had a big problem with this. Hopefully the suggestions you've got will help! It does seem somewhat common.

For me it's my inner thighs if I ride in a Western saddle. I'm fine in a variety of English saddles, and even my Australian saddle, but Western saddles really jab my thighs so I probably need a more narrow twist. It was unpleasant enough that I won't ride in a Western saddle anymore.

Maybe... I am tall but I have smaller hips so I can only force my legs open that much... :) I heard from othe riders that their inner thighs and knees hurt from some saddles and I have never had that, so it will be how I am built too I guess.
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post #26 of 90 Old 12-25-2019, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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@bsms & @tinyliny Okay, thanks for the tips! I am thinking about horse riding vacations and all so I will for sure have to buy sheepskin (my equestrian friends all told me I will need this when riding longer) & I will look into the seat saver things (none of my friends have those so I don't really know what to expect and can't ask them for advice) too. Haven't seen those in the tack store, but I will inform!
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post #27 of 90 Old 12-25-2019, 05:25 PM
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I have 4 different styles of seat savers and found that different seat savers are more comfortable on different saddles. I have not found that only one kind of seat saver is comfortable. I have found that one might be quite comfortable on one style of saddle and not comfortable at all on a different style of saddle. I have a lot to experiment with because I have 12 saddles and 4 horses, so I've swapped seat savers around quite a lot until I find ones I like on each saddle. I've got synthetic fleece, real merino wool, Cashel ones, and a foamy kind of weave and they all work on different saddles for my body. Although many saddles don't work for me AT ALL no matter what seat saver I put on it. Those saddles get sold.
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post #28 of 90 Old 12-26-2019, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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@knightrider It's difficulty to find ppl who are good at their job. You would suppose a saddle seller and maker would look at your build and know what you need... The best bra seller I ever spoke with just looked at my chest and said my size and type of bra and she was right. That's the kind of salesperson I like. I guess I will have to try out some seat savers and all.... I will have to wait for next month or the month after because it has been an expensive month... :(
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post #29 of 90 Old 12-26-2019, 09:17 AM
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I post the trot but I sit the canter and that's when I get hit in the crotch the most because I move with the horse...
For me, the big benefit of the sheepskin wasn't that it padded the saddle, but that it meant my hips won't slide so freely across the saddle. My leather saddle is called a slick seat saddle - and it really is:


I feel more controlled in a canter (and in a spook) because the sheepskin is like butt velcro while the bare leather leaves me feeling like a soda can bouncing around in the bed of a pickup. Don't know if the western saddles in Europe include an Abetta saddles, but Cordura nylon offers more "grip" than many leather saddles. A "rough-out" saddle might do the same thing.

If you ride with your toes straight, you might also try pointing your toes out 30-45 degrees. You might also try adjusting your stirrups higher or lower. I'm most comfortable cantering with my stirrups long enough that getting out of the saddle for ANY reason (posting?) is barely possible:


My youngest daughter, OTOH, prefers a much shorter stirrup:


Lots of riding depends on the individual. It is OK to mix things up sometimes to find what works with your body on that horse using a particular saddle. BTW: I'm a "toes out" guy and she's a "Toes straight" gal.
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post #30 of 90 Old 12-26-2019, 12:34 PM
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I saw today in my email that stateline is having a sale on breeches and tights where they are up to 77% off so if part of your changes involves wearing breeches or tights to help with some of this, it might be worth going online and having a look at their sale. Normally I can't stand stateline because they say X amount off but then they have 50,000+ caveats to that where you only save 10% or so on what you want and they have really shafted me on shipping in the past as well but if you catch one of their really good sales it can be worth it. I got some diamond wool saddle pads out of some of their sales for super good prices but you really have to watch the fine print with them.

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