But I guess the high temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately coupled with a loose fitting pair of breaches is a recipe for some hurt.
My ride on Friday was not nearly as successful as our Tuesday and Thursday rides. TMI time… I get the rubs at the top of my thigh on the back of my leg. The pain! As soon as I realized I had a rub I wanted to stop. But that’s really not helpful to our program. Not that my continued riding accomplished much. I never really got forward Tucker. I can’t be the only one that suffers or (again thankfully) occasionally suffers. So I went to the trusty google to see if I could find some good advice on prevention.
Not Necessarily Helpful Ways to Prevent Skin Chafing (as per advice found on google):
1. Decrease the amount of friction to your skin
I guess this could be accomplished by not wearing those loose breeches. But let’s face it, unless you stand in the stirrups the whole time, there’s no real way to avoid contact with the saddle. And it doesn’t seem to matter how well the breeches fit, there is always some movement.
2. Stay dry. Wet skin can make chafing worse. Don’t stay in wet or sweaty clothes.
Yeah that’s a good one… JK!!! We occasionally ride in million degree temperatures and/or in the rain. “Just a second judge. I have to hop off and change my breeches before that next line. I sweated a little through that tough combination.” Okay so maybe I’m being a little facetious. But sweat happens, and if you’re riding for an hour (or sometimes more when you’re showing) it’s a little difficult to stay dry.
It seems like most things I read recommended Vaseline as a good lubricant. It’s easy to find, cheap and it works. But it’s greasy… I did not just spend $$$ on breeches to ruin them with greasy lubricant.
Maybe some saddle oil. I’m sure you get some off the saddle anyway and it seems to wash off just fine. Just try to explain that one to your barn buddy that walks in on you with a jar of mink oil in one hand and the other hand down your pants. Awkward.
4. Dress right, less is more. Consider
running riding without a shirt or with only a bra.
Only if this…
Common Sense Tips for Treatment:
1. Skin chafing should be treated not ignored.
Probably good advice because you know infections and all.
2. Gently clean and dry the chafed area.
Alternatively, for a good time try scrubbing the crap out of it. Or not.
4. Here we go again with the petroleum jelly (alternatives: Noxema, Vagisil, Preparation H, tea tree oil).
Because we’ve already ruined our breeches trying to avoid the chafing so why not get it all over our not barn clothes too.
Then there’s the let’s hope to hell it never comes to this advice:
1. Very painful, swollen, bleeding, or crusted, seek help from your doctor.
Oh dear god. Why would you allow rubbing to continue to this point?!?!?
1. Give your skin some time to heal from chafing before being active again.
Um no. Riding is life.
Have you ever gotten a saddle sore? Any tricks for avoiding and/or treating them?