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  • Young male rider uncomfortable

    Hello. My son rides hunter/jumper and he absolutely loves riding. However, he is very uncomfortable in the saddle, any saddle, in his private area. He is soft in the saddle, so he is not coming back down on his post too hard. This is new to me and I have no solution. Any suggestions?

  • #2
    He may need a bigger sized saddle, especially if he is going through a growth spurt.

    Males have successfully ridden in modern jumping saddles for over a century, including cavalry men out on maneuvers and scouting.

    Children sized saddles are not a good idea for teenage or adult males, women can sort of deal but for men the family jewels can get badly squished--highly uncomfortable.


    • #3
      Concur with the above. Also ensure he's wearing "male protection." A standard athletic supporter worn over his regular shorts "superman-style" is very effective. I do that, or sometimes wear long-leg bicycle compression shorts. DO NOT get anything with a hard "cup." That's for contact sports and equitation is not supposed to be one of those!

      One way to ruin a young man's enthusiasm for riding is to have him get "racked" every time he gets into the saddle.

      Good luck in your selection of protection.

      Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raa, Uma Paixo


      • #4
        Along with the suggestions above, when my was son riding (he did hunter/jumper too) he preferred boxer shorts over "whitey tighty" briefs. Gave him more ability to position the jewels where they were most comfortable and move around as needed. He did tend to ride in a bit of a chair seat as a result.


        • #5
          My husband somehow heard about wearing a "dance belt" for riding. He will not ride without these now. I don't know which brand he has, but for an idea:
          My hopeful road to the 2020 RRP TB Makeover:


          • #6
            Maybe he’s sitting with his pelvis tipped too far forward?


            • #7
              Male anatomies are going to have some variability, here, if just based upon age. One program will NOT do for all. But all MUST figure out a program that will do for them.

              Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raa, Uma Paixo


              • #8
                Nothing really to add except that I am reminded of two sayings:

                1. If the world were logical, men would ride sidesaddle.

                2. Regarding english and western saddlery: Real men don't have room for a saddle horn

                Carry on.


                • #9
                  Have you tried different seat sizes and different saddle brands?

                  A male friend found riding uncomfortable as well (he rode dressage) until he found the Passier Grand Gilbert - it was the only saddle that fit him properly, after years of trying several other brands. I know trying tons of saddles can be difficult, but it might be the only way to go.


                  • #10
                    For DH - a 56yo Beginner - a sheepskin seatsaver helped him until he developed a good seat.
                    After that he rode - Hunters, Dressage & LL Eventing - in his regular underwear < Jockeys.
                    *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                    Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                    Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                    Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                    • #11
                      In all of this you STILL have to match the person, discipline, and horse. It's no different than discussing boots, breeches, helmets, etc.

                      Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raa, Uma Paixo


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Alex and Bodie's Mom View Post

                        A male friend found riding uncomfortable as well (he rode dressage) until he found the Passier Grand Gilbert - it was the only saddle that fit him properly, after years of trying several other brands. I know trying tons of saddles can be difficult, but it might be the only way to go.
                        Probably because this particular saddle, in my experience, puts the rider immediately in a chair seat so you're nowhere near your crotch. A BNT rode in mine once and declared "No wonder you can't get your legs back! This is like trying to swim in clogs!!"



                        • #13
                          I fox hunt and event. For clothing I like boxer briefs that are a bit snug. As far as saddles go make sure he has one that fits. It is also more than just seat size. A jump saddle with a steep cantle will push the rider forward into the pommel. For that reason I like a saddle with a flatter seat. The geometry of the rider matters a lot toward saddle fit. Every saddle fitter has tried to put me in a normal flap. As soon as I sit in the saddle they immediately go to a more forward flap. I saddle that has a flap that is not forward enough is going to make the rider prop a little bit into the pommel.
                          A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.


                          • Original Poster

                            Thank you all for your very helpful input! We will try all of them as Guilherme noted, I do not want him to lose his love for riding!!