boys riding - stopping the pain to their 'bits'

(7 Posts)
Lambiepies Sat 06-Feb-16 23:21:14

This is my first post to mumsnet in years - couldn't think of anyone else to ask so hoping for great things from you fine ladies!! And after
Reading my problem - what exactly can I google without getting into trouble!!

Ds2 is 9 and been riding for nearly a year. He's started to canter more often and jump small poles. When jumping and transitioning he is tending to 'bump' himself on the saddle. Is their anything I can get or do to stop him?

Ds1 is 10 and has a better position but also has 'bumps' when jumping - have discussed sitting back and lifting bum up in jump position.

As there are far more girls that ride than boys and never having experienced the issue myself neither the teacher or I can think of a simple solution. Please help!!

mrslaughan Sun 07-Feb-16 09:05:43

My son is 10 going on 11, and does lots of canter work, pole work and jumping, this is not something her has ever complained about (and believe me he would not suffer in silence) .
I would say to look at 2 things
First saddle - is it too small for them? Or is it too deep - both my sons saddles are flat seated.
Secondly their position,, which really you need someone to look at and advise......I know a fantastic trainer in Hertfordshire, if your trainer can't see a problem, you probably need a second opinion!

I just asked my husband who has taken up riding as an adult and learnt to jump. His reaction, is there stirrups are too long...... That's quite an easy fix? Take them up a whole or two and see if that helps?

Eve Sun 07-Feb-16 09:09:20

Both my boys ride and never had this issue.

As said above saddle too small or stirrups too long, an instructor should be able to tell.

Lambiepies Sun 07-Feb-16 10:20:31

Thanks. I think it's position he does tend to be too forward but will try to bring stirrups up and see if that works.

We've just come back from USA and tried Western riding - no issue there even though the stirrups are really long and saddle had a horn.

mrslaughan Tue 09-Feb-16 15:01:41

I think they are getting there hips to far forward - something you want to sort or they could come unstuck. ..... I read you thread, and then happened to watch the pro at our yard jump our horse. His body position over jumps is up with pelvis going back if anything - this keeps his centre of gravity cantered over the saddle and over the middle of the horse...... His lower leg barely moves.
To be "catching" their "bits" on the front of he saddle they must be lifting up into a half seat position - but not enough , and forward....... Which would put them out of balance surely......

Lambiepies Tue 09-Feb-16 17:46:04

Thanks - definitely position then. I might get him to watch some jumping on YouTube so that I can point out good position.

NotSoYumMum01 Sun 13-Mar-16 18:07:50

Hi ,I think you've come to the conclusion that it could be their position but if not some equestrian shops and Amazon have padded underwear that they could wear wink

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