Saddle Sores on a horseback riders body are an expected part of the development of an educated seat. Depending on where you develop saddle sores from riding affects the methods of treatment and prevention.
Saddle Sores on the Ankles, Calves, and Knees – Saddle sores in these areas can be caused by gripping or pinching with your lower leg, or simply from the saddle’s stirrup leathers chaffing as you ride. These types of saddle sores- which often appear as friction burns- are the reason why most english riders wear tall riding boots or lower leg coverings known as "half-chaps". This layer of leather on the inside of the calf protects from saddle sores.
Saddle Sores on the Seat Bones – Sometimes caused by sitting too far back in the saddle, these types of saddle sores can be particularly difficult to prevent. You may try saddle shopping for a more cushioned seat (some brands are notoriously hard-seated) or purchasing a seat cushion.
Saddle Sores on the Crotch – Saddle sores on the crotch or joint of the inner thigh are often caused by an ill-fitting saddle. The width of the saddle at that point (known as the saddle’s "twist") can be painful to a rider if not sized appropriate for their body. Saddle sores in this area are also a primary reason many english riders wear breeches and many western riders wear jeans designed specifically for riding horses. These special types of clothing eliminate seams in the crotch and can significantly reduce saddle sores. Saddle sores at the crotch can also be caused by riding with a pelvis tilted forward, forcing more weight onto the delicate tissues.
All of these types of saddle sores can be aided by changes in position, changes in riding apparel, or use of an anti-chaffing product. These product, by and large, really do work to prevent chaffing and are excellent tools