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post #41 of 90 Old 12-26-2019, 11:53 PM
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perhaps see how you feel if you wear a layer , like silk long underwear, under the riding pants ( what we call 'breeches').


Or, try riding in looser pants. I tried the silicone breeches. they are fine if it's just little silicone 'bumps' on them. but if the whole inside of the leg is covered with this sticky material, it makes it hard to reposition your seat if you get off balance.
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post #42 of 90 Old 12-27-2019, 02:16 AM
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It could be the saddle, rise is too fast.
Or you're rolling, full weight, on your crotch.

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post #43 of 90 Old 12-27-2019, 03:40 AM
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Personally, I've found most of my rubbing/chafing problems comes from riding with a poor seat or in a stirrups that don't fit. I've never really had any problems with clothing or saddle surface(smooth vs. rough) causing any issues, but I do have plenty of issues if I've injured myself and I can't ride with as good of a seat as I normally do, or I have to swap saddles/horses fast and don't have time to adjust the stirrups to the length I need them. I ride western as well, and have no problems switching between my normal saddle, smaller saddle, or roping saddle(which is slightly too big for me), but stirrup length will make a huge difference, as well as posture/seat.

If you have a trainer/good horsey friend, I'd personally ask them about your seat/posture just to check and make sure you're not making any mistakes, and then go from there on what might be wrong. Also, try messing with your stirrups. I couldn't sit the lope for days for some reason one time, and then I decided to check my stirrups and found them a whole 2 or 3 holes higher than normal(my horses make it around the block and I have some younger siblings that ride occasionally). I dropped them and miraculously, I didn't feel so awkward trying to sit the lope(which, given my smooth mare, should be easy). ;)
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post #44 of 90 Old 12-30-2019, 07:54 AM Thread Starter
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@The Equinest I think this is right, it seems to be a combination of problems. I bought a merinowool seatsaver and I am looking into riding pants with a real leather seat... Also the saddle and horse that I ride at the school are a 'problem', my seat wasn't as good as on my friend her horse! This also makes for problems. I am gonna change the stirrup length next time and work hard on maintaining my posture in that saddle. In the meantime I read all the tips other riders gave me and I did some more research on the internet about different creams, going commando (let's hope my pants don't rip hehe) and I will try everything out just to see what works for me!!



@tinyliny I have never seen such underwear being sold here... But I'll look into it! I am for now not going to try the silicone pants because I already have difficulties focusing on everything and if I am not partly pressing against my split reins by sitting on them( I am clumsy) I am sometimes holding the pommel or trying to focus on my seat and I currently don't need silicone pants interfering with my balance. :P Lol, you should have seen me the last time I was cantering haha. I almost bumped into one of the trainers. :)

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post #45 of 90 Old 12-30-2019, 07:55 AM Thread Starter
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funny pictures of me and my friend's horse in a fuzzy seatsaver will follow soon! :p

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post #46 of 90 Old 12-30-2019, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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@secuono yeah, when cantering fast I make an intentional movement with my hips so I stick to the saddle. This movement involves rolling my hips and pelvis back and forth so pressure does get in the front part... Anatomy of women is so that our weight is distributed amongst the seatbones and the pubic bone (sometimes) or am I wrong??

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post #47 of 90 Old 12-30-2019, 08:40 AM
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I agree with the suggestions that an improved position may help with this issue by taking pressure off the sore areas. I just wanted to add that since you have just recently begun riding again, it's likely that your core muscles aren't yet as strong as they need to be for a good position to be maintained throughout a ride. I know that as a mature amateur rider myself, by the end of a ride with the coach, I am tired and my position suffers. You may want to do some exercises off the horse to help build the right sets of muscles. Yoga is wonderful for this (google Yoga with Adriene - I have done some of her 30-day challenges and they're fantastic for getting those muscles in shape!). If I remember correctly, you mentioned that you are tall and that it's hard for you to spread your thighs apart. This indicates to me that you could benefit from lots of stretching in this area. You can make a habit of sitting cross-legged for 5-10 minutes a day, gradually pushing yourself more and more until it's easy.

Planks are really good for building core muscles. I'd be cautious of too much pelvic movement such as you describe in the canter. Some is good - you want suppleness in your riding - too much is not. Engage your core muscles when you ride so that you feel it there when you post. Think of the tree pose in yoga and feel the energy go through your core and spine, up through your skull. That will give you a much more controlled and secure seat. And don't forget to breathe! I tend to hold my breath when I start posting, but then I remember to let it out and breathe in and out with the rhythm. Again, it helps maintain a quiet posture and will be better for both you and the horse.
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post #48 of 90 Old 12-30-2019, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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@Acadianartist I do sports alot, I have strong muscles (I do crosstraining, planks, back muscle training, sit ups, wall climbing, etc...) I do need to work on my position (!) and actively watch that... I still need to learn how to move with the horse.



I think you misunderstood about my thighs, I am skinny so I have smaller hips which allows me to open my legs in a sitting position only to a certain extent. I can lay down on the ground, put my feet where they touch my butt cheeks and then let my legs fall open and knees touching the ground (sorry for the weird description, i's some kind of yoga butterfly shape with the knees touching the ground)I can also put my leg behind my head and my feet too. :p But I do have some motor control issues and it just will take me more work to get there.


jeans pants are 'pulling back' on the crotch area, but you get the idea! :p
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post #49 of 90 Old 12-30-2019, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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I will have some friends take pics of me when I am putting my feet behind my head :p lol <= my humor. But you are absolutely right about my position in the saddle. There is a problem and I need to solve it so I am gonna work hard for it. I use the mirrors to look at myself when riding and I'll ask my instructor to help me out some more!

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post #50 of 90 Old 12-30-2019, 04:30 PM
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Ohhh my. This thread. LOL


Jolien... I'm not laughing at you, I'm laughing with you. IIRC... you're riding a western saddle, yeah?


Okay... so. We took daughter's new BF, very sweet guy the horses all adore (Means he's worth keeping around if they like him, IMO) on a trail ride. Dummy me... put him in my husband's cutting saddle for comfort. I DID NOT TAKE THE STIRRUPS UP... and I should have. HE LOOKED like he had plenty of clearance and he's built very similar to my husband, just taller. It didn't occur to me his legs are even shorter than my husband's... they didn't look it.



I had them out one hole too long for him... and he suffered. To make it worse, he wasn't confident to ride with split reins, so wanted roper reins (A closed rein) but roper reins are kinda short... so... he couldn't sit the trot without bouncing around because it's been years since he rode... and he couldn't reach back and grab the Cheyenne roll of the seat with one hand (To suck himself down in the seat... instead of grabbing the horn) because his arms weren't long enough to allow him to do that with one hand and hang on the roper reins with the other. If he tried to post the trot or just stand in the stirrups... all his dangly bits were smacking the seat at speed.


He also had worn some very loose fitting boxer briefs.


I felt so so sorry for him... I had ibuprofen in the truck. He took it.



My advice to him for the next ride - which is Wednesday: Wear your tighty whiteys.... some sort of brief that holds everything in place and firmly so it's not just flopping around loose and uncontrolled... take the stirrups up one or two holes... and in G's position... he gonna learn to ride with two 8ft long weighted split reins Wednesday so he can shift back in the seat and secure himself in the saddle by grabbing the Cheyenne roll as an Oh Crap Handle when needed but still have enough rein to maintain control of Miss Gina.

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