Former jockey and horse-riding expedition leader Richard Dunwoody reveals how to avoid getting saddle-sore on your next horse-riding adventure
On a long horse-riding day, alter your stirrups a little at lunchtime, meaning the strain affects different parts of your body in the morning and afternoon sessions, giving sore bits a much-needed rest.
Before long breaks from riding, get off and lead your horse for the last couple of hundred metres or so. This will give your legs a valuable stretch (and the horse a chance to cool down) before you sit down for lunch or at the end of the day.
Take every opportunity for a change of pace, as this gets you out of the saddle and into a different position. Obviously the terrain dictates the pace but even standing in your stirrups for short periods will help to keep the blood flowing.
Take a couple of pairs of different riding trousers. Riding trouser seams are often what cause the most painful rubbing and chafing and one pair may cause more problems than another. Seat savers and cycling shorts are well worth considering too. But at the very least bring along a pot of Vaseline!
Some sweets or chocolate bars can go a long way to raising everyone’s spirits during a long day in the saddle.
Richard Dunwoody is a former jockey with a long and successful riding career. Since retiring he has travelled extensively and undertaken expeditions to both the Arctic and the Antarctic. He regularly leads horse riding trips to Mongolia, Romania, Cuba and Botswana for Wild Frontiers.
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