Avoid Soreness During Your Horse Riding Traininghorse riding training
Early in your horse riding training you may develop sore areas which seriously detract from your enjoyment of the sport.
Here are ways to prevent common wounds.
These refer to painful rubbing in the seat area. I’ve found it more likely when doing a lot of walk work in the saddle, and since you’ll walk a great deal in the beginning phases of horse riding, how to prevent these sores becomes important!
1. Buy a seat saver – a soft gel or sheepskin cover to put on the saddle – available at any online saddlery.
However, you’re not allowed to use them in many equestrian competitions, including dressage.
2. Wear padded Lycra bicyclist’s pants underneath your riding pants.
3. For men, it’s advisable to wear jockey underpants rather than boxer shorts.
If the insides of your knees become raw, you’re clutching the horse’s sides with them instead of lengthening your legs and resting your calves against his flanks.
Until you feel more confident aboard your horse, under your riding pants wear knee support braces which you can find at any drug store.
Your stirrup irons may move back from the balls of your feet, causing the hard metal tops to rest on the front of your ankles and rub the skin. Two ways to keep the stirrups in place are:
1. Shorten them to where it’s easy for you to push your heels down. You can lengthen them later when you’re better at keeping the front of your foot on the treads.
2. Wear boots with rough soles. These will ’stick’ better to the stirrup treads.
The skin inside your ring fingers will not be used to holding the reins, and you’ll likely form blisters there. So wear riding gloves.
It’s hard to relax in the saddle if you’re in pain. The above tips will improve your riding experience by keeping you comfortable.
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