Horse Podcast Ep 164: How Not To Chafe!

Keeping your lady parts protected, How not to Chafe is our topic today!  The dictionary describes the word chafe to make sore by or as if by rubbing.  It should read an equestrian adventuresses worst nightmare. We have all experienced some sort of chafing in the past, whether it was from wet clothes,  poorly fitted saddles, or boots that are not fitting just right. The ladies are sharing with you their recording from the Facebook live episode where they cover the delicate topic of How not to Chafe.  Wearing the correct undergarments to making sure your clothing fits properly will help you immensely. There are also a few other tips and tricks that the ladies share so you won’t want to miss out. 

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How Not to Chafe!

If it’s the seams of your riding pants, buy riding pants without inseams. Whether your saddle is too hard, attach a gel saddle cushion. If it’s your skin, try Vaseline or Anti-Monkey Butt Cream or Powder.  Keeping your skin moisturized is also important to prevent friction. A daily application of your usual body lotion is helpful, but for extra effect, you can use a balm.

How Not to Chafe! – Causes

We often refer to saddle sores when talking about bike riding but its origins start here. The main cause of saddle sores is, of course, the saddle itself. Saddles that are overly smooth or worn down cause the rider to slide around, causing a considerable amount of friction and readjusting. Hard saddles that have been in the sun too long can put an extreme amount of pressure on bones and areas that are delicate. Couple these with every rider’s clothing of choice – a hardy pair of jeans, and you have a recipe for chafing and blistering after even a short time in the saddle.

How Not to Chafe! – Symptoms

Chafing, usually on the inner thighs and buttocks, presents as a mild, red rash accompanied by stinging or burning. The superficial layer of the skin may even be chafed through in very severe cases, in which case this will cause a really sore abrasion (akin to a bad sunburn or mild road-rash). If neglected, simple chafing can develop into open sores, which are easily infected and extraordinarily painful.

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Krystal (Germany) Heather (Canada) Ute (India)

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  • Quick dry pants
  • Deodorant on the legs
  • Proper equipment
  • Break in those boots before you head out!

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