Generally when I get something new, I will wait until I have had it for a decent enough period of time to review it.
On the weekend I wore a pair of breeches for the second or third time, but it would have been their first “real” ride. And by “real” I mean the proper-riding-for-decent-amount-of-time-and-not-faffing-about type real.
Someone plz help me
So why isn’t this one of my reviews?
Because I need to ask a question. An important one. In a safe space. This safe space of the blogosphere to other horse people who may understand what I’m going through… Or may have heard of this predicament if not having experienced it themselves first.
Hands up to the people out there who have full silicone breeches.
I do. My old faithful Spooks breeches are full seat silicone. They look like this (but black).
I have worn the absolute hell out of them. They’ve been my go to breeches for as long as I have owned them.
I liked the silicone. I felt secure but also not “stuck”. They were my first foray into this new silicone grip world and I enjoyed it immensely.
So I invested in some Aztec Diamond breeches, that look like this:
Zero moments of regret over this purchase because these are probably the most comfortable breeches I have owned ever. The silicone is only on the knee but I have had no issues with feeling secure through the seat despite being fabric only.
So when the Black Horse CoolMax breeches went on sale last year during my riding hiatus I did not hesitate to snag myself a pair for when I got back to it.
I love Black Horse.
I love the other breeches I have had from them.
I love the company, what they stand for and how much they support local horse events and riders.
But guys, I need to know if this has happened to anyone else or why it’s happened to me. Maybe I have done something wrong because I am shook. SHOOK I tell you!
During my ride on Saturday I started to notice that my seat was basically burning. Sitting in the saddle became super hard. Alas, we continued anyway (and I avoided sitting in the canter and staying in 2 point), until B was sufficiently worked. The discomfort was significantly better when standing but there was no doubt that I had been chafed.
I can honestly say that I have never once been chafed from breeches on (under?) my seat.
To spare everyone a sight no one wants to see, if you look at the nifty diagram below the red lines indicate where my skin has gone red raw.
A few different questions are in my mind at the moment.
- Am I moving too much in the saddle and the silicone is keeping my breeches (appropriately) static?
- Are the breeches the wrong size for me? (I often have this problem as my waist is generally a full size smaller than my hips so buying tight fitting pants is hard)
- Was it a combination of super hot day, sweat and silicone?
- Are heavy duty silicone seats just not meant for those of us with big booties?
- Is this something that happens in full silicone breeches?
SOMEONE PLEASE EXPLAIN TO ME WHY THIS HAPPENED BECAUSE I CANNOT GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN?!