It’s a Ball Game

Written by Monday, 24 July 2017 10:23
It’s a Ball Game Journey of an Amateur Eventer
There are certain issues affecting guys that us female riders tend to forget when we suggest that our long suffering other halves learn to ride. The Better Half decided recently that he wanted to improve his riding and so he took himself off for an week's intensive course with plenty of speed and jumping to keep him interested! Amazingly he was still walking by the end, albeit wide legged and hobbling. He's been moaning about a few things since then, in particular that of which boxers will provide the desired level of support, something which according to him has been insufficiently researched! Rather than me putting words in his mouth here's his take on the issue...

Learning to ride sounded like a great idea. You can go fast she said, you can learn to jump she said, and all that was true right up until the moment when I landed a 60cm cross pole onto my nutsac. Desperately trying to keep my cool despite the tears filling my eyes, I carried on cantering round the arena and completed the course with one stirrup, one rein and zero composure. It was at that moment that I decided that if I was going to carry on with this something had to change, or risk almost certain infertility.

So began an internet search for the best solution for my bruised balls. After reading hundreds of forums looking for products and ideas I found that there were simply NO male riders commenting on the subject. There was a huge amount of female speculation and recommendation, including absurd suggestions such as wearing tights and using adhesive tape to pull them out of the way! I didn't fancy a back, sack and crack wax and I thought that the wife might start to ask some interesting questions if she found me wearing her tights...

I had a long hard think, and decided that I needed plenty of padding, and decent support; enough to keep the bags in the baggage area. I hit up Amazon and ordered a variety of padded cycling shorts; some with foam, some with gel and all with impact protection. The next few trial runs were painfully unsuccessful and subsequently I've invested in sports boxers which hold the boys up and out the way. Now it may seem excessive but with three pairs of boxers on; one supportive, one really tight, and one with padding, the boys are finally safe.

I'm a fairly tough nut but it's been a rough road discovering the best boxer solution. I recommend you try the triple approach but its up to you, the balls in your court.

joae150As it says on the tin, this is a personal blog about the journey Archie and I are taking in discovering the world of eventing. Archie is a 6 year old Irish gelding, and I am a 26 year old horse addict. I didn’t grow up in a family with horses, and Archie was the first horse I ever owned, having loaned for over 20 years. I hope that we can show other riders who perhaps don’t feel that they can achieve their dreams, that anything is possible!

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  • Comment Link Jackie Parry Monday, 24 July 2017 22:30 posted by Jackie Parry

    Chuckle chuckle - love the fact the women talked about it on social media and not men - highlights the men/women difference in a nutshell - showing my husband this!