How To Choose The Right Underwear For Horseback Riding

Horseback Rider Underwear StylesProperly fitted boy shorts work well for women riders. To help avoid bulges and panty lines choose a size that is not t0o tight.

The Art Of Wearing Panties

There are times you want people to see your undies.  Sexy times.  For day-to-day wear, and exercise and sports (horseback riding counts as  both) your underwear should work as hard as you do and should be worn, not seen.

Underwear that rides up, bunches, cuts off circulation, or that is too tight or too big, will cause you discomfort, be more prone to showing panty lines and will serve as a distraction (or torture device) when twisting and cutting into your sensitive areas while riding.

If your thighs, backside or tummy fat are rolling out of your undies it is too small.  If your undies give you camel toe, they are too small.

You do not have to resort to “grannies” when riding, but just as you carefully select sexy/naughty/girlie panties for that special person/occasion, you should give equal consideration to choosing the right underwear for the job at hand.  In this case, protecting your pants, your genitals, and safeguarding against embarrassing underwear moments (you want to be noticed for your riding skills, not your camel toe.)

Panty Styles For Women

  • Bikini – Although the most popular cut for women, they are not ideal for riding because they cover less of your rear end.
  • Boy Short – Cover your entire rear and extend below the crotch.  Great choice for riders, but may show panty lines at the high thigh level.  To help avoid bulges and lines choose a fit that is not to tight.
  • Hipster – Great for riding because they work well with low-rise cut pants and come in seamless styles to avoid panty lines.  The cut around the rear is more ample than bikinis with a squarer cut to cover more of you “rear estate.”
  • Brief – This classic cut offers the most coverage around waist and thighs, and comes in all rises sizes, leg cuts, and fabrics.  Works well for any body shape and size and some now even come with tummy control panels.  As with boy shorts, be sure to chose the right size as this style lends itself easily to panty lines if they are too small.
  • ThongSome thongs are acceptable as far as comfort and protection goes (but are not ideal for modesty — we can tell when you are wearing them!) but try them out at the gym first — many brands are notoriously uncomfortable.  But skip the variants that are designed to act like dental floss for your crack.  Not ideal for riding:  G-strings, V-string, and T-back.

Where You Can Buy Equestrian-Friendly Underwear

Cyclists have very similar issues of riders — they need lightweight, breathable fabrics that fit comfortably and do not restrict movement.  Cyclists often wear tight spandex outerwear making it even more important for undergarments to fit well.  So be sure to compare prices online — you may find anything sold to the equestrian community has a higher markup than the same product sold to other athletes or even in athletic stores and department stores.

Here are a few great places to look at alternatives to “regular” store bought underwear.  (Note, this is not an official endorsement of any product, company, or site, and I do not get any compensation for sales or these mentions):

  • Equestrian Collections – Sells all kinds of outer and underwear from recognized horse brands including Ovation, Moving Comfort, and Kerrits.
  • JellyPantz – “JellyPantz’s patent pending design is unique, in that it does not just cushion the pelvic and crotch area of the female rider, but offers a smooth surface, which eliminates friction and actually prevents chafing.”  The company donates 10% of all profits to animal charities.
  • SmartPak – Yes, the same folks that ship you supplements each month also sell underwear.

For exercise, go for panties that work as hard as you. Panties made with synthetic weaves and moisture-wicking properties offer a breathable fit while providing support and mobility. Compression shorts can be functional as both underwear and outerwear during a workout, eliminating the need for layers during a heated, high-impact workout. Be conscious of exposed elastic waistbands and leg openings which can be painful and cause chafing—the last thing you want when breaking a sweat.