Things are about to get personal, we're talking about one of the most important pieces of your ROOTD, (riding outfit of the day, don't be embarrassed I had to look it up when I first read it too..) that's right we are talking underwear for equestrians.
A few weeks ago I hauled my horse for my weekly lesson, my horse and I were ready to go with all the right equipment, except a very wrong pair of underwear. Most rider's, I would imagine, have all experienced this horrible discomfort that comes with underwear that isn't saddle friendly...
So, this set me down the path of riding a pair of underwear that would be comfortable even during the most challenging lesson or waiting for hours at the ring for your class. And I'll be honest I was really surprised to find that there wasn't that many options out there on the internet for underwear for equestrians. However, after scouring the corners of the cyber world I found two pairs that I wanted to give a try.
My find was actually a pair of Back on Track women's boxers, I was immediately intrigued by these claiming to help with menstrual cramps and bladder discomfort. I ordered size small, for sizing reference I'm 5'3" and about 130 pounds. They fit perfectly, not too tight around my thighs and I found them to be very comfortable!
Now, what I'm going to tell you next don't do as I do...I recently had a horse show where my cramps decided to kick up the morning of the show - perfect opportunity to try out my new undies right? They were so comfortable under my Tailored Sportman's breeches and I had zero discomfort the whole time I was riding.
However, the manufacturer does recommend that you only wear for 3 hours the first time to get used to the products since the material is therapeutic. I didn't have any trouble but I would recommend following the instructions provided by Back on Track and I did find that my cramps lessened then when I fist woke up.
Onto my second pair, from a company called Seducci a company based in the Netherlands. The company was founded by a horse back rider and a bicyclist who bring their expertise in manufacturing and fabric design has resulted in a really cool pair of underwear.
There are a few options of Seducci underwear but I tried the Breezy Boxer Jane, in the Jane Zero option! So the women's boxer comes in two varieties, the Jane and Jane Zero - the difference between the two is that the Jane Zero doesn't have elastic around the legs. In hindsight, I wish I would've opted for the standard Jane.
I can say that the Zeros although you have to smooth them out when you first put your breeches on but they don't rid up or roll at the legs when you are wearing them! If you want zero lines this is definitely a good option. I have smaller legs so I think the standard Jane's wouldn't have given me a noticeable line.
Again for sizing reference I got the W1, there is a great sizing chart on the site to help you with sizing. There are the Iris color, which is very similar to the Tailored Sportsman breeches I show in - however the website says that you can even wear the blue color under white breeches and they aren't visible!
The material on the Seducci I would recommend over the Back on Track, unless you are looking for the therapeutic benefits because I really believe that it was helpful but the material can get a bit warm especially on a warmer day. The Jane Boxers were so comfortable and light weight.
I should also mention that in my 'study' I wore my least comfortable pair of breeches that give me the most discomfort and found that both pairs of underwear were well worth the research and cost! I can't say that I'll wear them every day but on the days were my rides matter the most they will definitely be my first pick.
I hope this article was helpful if you to struggle with finding comfort in the saddle, if you have other recommendation for brands that work well for you leave a comment down below!
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Miranda and Julia bringing over 20 years of experience in the horse industry in a wide variety of experiences and disciplines. Here on this equestrian blog we'll share our horse experiences, tips, plus advice on surviving as an adult amateur rider.