Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What Goes Up Must Come Down, or . . . Equipment Upgrade Required

I noticed something today when I was riding Dawn bareback at the trot. Now that she's able to be soft and relaxed, she's really using her hindquarters and core to lift herself, which means that her trot has a lot of up and down to it. Now, my seat is pretty well plastered to her back - I don't bounce - and the rest of my body goes along pretty nicely . . . with one glaring exception. Those of you ladies with small br***ts (please excuse asterisks - I'm not interested in that sort of internet search!) may not have this problem, but I'm not one of those. As we trot, those parts of my female anatomy that don't have muscles are going up . . . and down . . . pretty violently, which isn't exactly comfortable. I haven't really had this problem much when doing hunter/jumper riding, as very little sitting trot is involved. The last time I did a lot of bareback riding was a long time ago when I was a teen and things were . . . ahem . . . a little less flexible.

If any of you ladies out there know of good options for an equipment upgrade for those offending b**bs, please let me know! I'm not a big fan of the unib**b, but if needs must, then so be it.

31 comments:

  1. Your post made me laugh hard! I have size C or D depending on the bra and totally understand!! I just go uniboob so no help there but I'll have to watch these comments and see what people have to recommend! Good luck!

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  2. I have heard nothing but good things about the gear at Title Nine, from ladies in the C+ (which I am) and double-letter crowd, although I haven't purchased from them myself.

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  3. I am a D cup, and they do make sports bras the avoid the Uni B**b good support , kinda feels like they are mashed in there but no bouncing. Check out the local sports outlet

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  4. Can't help you here, it's a straight shot from my shoulders to my toes.

    Finally, I found the sport where being flat chested is an asset!

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  5. I have problems with the bounce factor and I can't stand the unib**b either! I finally found a sports bra I LOVE. It's kind of like two bras in one - an underwire (to lift and separate) and a sports bra on top. The under part isn't too stretchy so it keeps its holding ability. It's a bit warm in the summer but totally worth it. It's called a Maia Bra.

    My daughter says a lot of girls at her school wear a normal bra with a sports bra on top. Of course those are 14 year olds, so they probably don't have the same troubles we do. :)

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  6. I don't have too much of a problem... for once being small up top is a benefit! WOOHOO!

    I still bounce a little bit and it does get uncomfortable, especially during the sitting trot. I like to wear a sports bra when I ride, but it doesn't give me a unib**b as far as I know. (That's what causes unib**b, right?) I'm not sure if I'm small enough to keep it from happening or if I just found a really great sports bra.

    I hope you find something that's more comfortable for you! Dawn probably doesn't care if you sport a unib**b, though. :)

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  7. You mean there is an advantage to being an A cup? LOL Too bad I didn't know this in 8th grade, I probably would have felt a lot less self-conscious when the boys called me flat. :-D

    Clearly, I can't help, but I'll watch the comments with interest. I suppose when I'm pregnant or breast feeding I might have use of this information, right?

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  8. lol, it looks like I'm in the minority here. I often ride bra-less just because I hate bras. Never think much of them bouncing- there's not enough there. Ha ha, so there's one good thing about not having much, huh?

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  9. i'm glad you posted this because i'm in need of new sports bras too. champion discontinued my favorite, a comfortable sports bra with an underwire (no uniboob). so i have no idea what to go for next. the title nine ones look great and have reviews but the reviews are mixed on all of them.

    it will be a while before i'm back in the states so i cannot even shop yet.

    hopefully by then you will have your answer and make things easy for me! please do post if you find a good one.

    @breathe: LOL!!!

    ~lytha

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  10. I am (ahem) amply endowed. I just pay big bucks for bras that fit. There's always some movement, it's just a matter of getting it to an acceptable level that's comfortable for you.

    My friends wear 2 sports bras at the same time. That doesn't sound at all comfy to me.

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  11. The company "title nine" (http://www.titlenine.com/) makes sports bras that really are for sports and no unib**b. The are pricey but they are the best in the industry.
    Oh, and don't judge title nine's bras from my photos - I am cheap so I have a zillion Old Navy $14 "sports" bra that are unib**b-makers! Ugh!

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  12. I second the Title 9 catalog - they have options for everyone.

    Also, check out Fresh Pair online. They have many options too.

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  13. Haha! You're a riot. I'm a 34DD and I swear by sports bras. It's the only way I can ride. I like the Champion ones from Costco the most.

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  14. This makes me laugh, not so much because of the bounce, but we were talking about this over cofee yesterday too. I dont have any problem with this, but the one girl I ride with used to compete in cutting and she always double bra'd when she was competing.

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  15. Being a 38DD, I have this problem, too. :-) I actually spent $180.00 on a really good sports bra at a local speciality shop. The girls don't move, but I can't breath. Sigh. This site was posted on another blog...I have not ordered from there, but it looks interesting because the bras are sport specific.

    http://www.x-chrom.com/sports-bras-products/plus-size-bras-activity-horseback-riding-bras

    I am considering ordering from there.

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  16. I don't exactly have a whole lot going on in this department (think lemons, not melons), but I do love the sports bras from EMS. They are very comfortable and dry quickly (which is nice in the summer and winter) and at least supportive enough for me. They make special ones for C/D that are probably a little more supportive... though sadly I'd have no use for them....

    It is a very distracting and uncomfortable feeling though, since I often go to the barn straight from work there have been times when I've forgotten to pack a change of undergarment and it's just awful. No sitting trot on those days please!

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  17. I'd kept thinking this was a topic I wanted to write about, too. I'm so tired of the uni-b**bers! Looks like you got some good leads on solutions here! Yay!

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  18. You could try the Enell bra - ugly as sin, but seems to be pretty effective in keeping things under control. Might do a bit of uni-b**b, but worth it in the end. I think smartpak sells them and maybe equestriancollections.com

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  19. LOL, I had such a good laugh over this especially when I think about my addition. Sometimes I just hold my arm under them. LOL. Hey, it works and the "equipment" is free. Of course all the other advice is probably better but what-they-hey. Oh dear, just too funny.

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  20. I used to do the no-bra thing but can't anymore. Menopause is not my friend. I ordered a minimum bounce bra and it works fine except I HATE the uni-b**b look. I want separation, puh-leeze. Haven't found anything that works well, though, so I'm reading with interest.

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  21. I'm the wrong side of the pond to offer any advice on products but it did make me think of a time when one of my 'fuller' ladies in that department turned up for a lesson without her sports bra...no problem she said and asked me to 'wrap' her in a tail bandage, LOL it seemed to do the trick.

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  22. Oh, I'm not much help. I'm not all that small, but I too often school bra-less. I guess I don't bounce much. I regular bra works for me.

    Wish I had some useful ideas, but I haven't really explored the market.

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  23. I don't have one but am going to get the Enell. I have heard really good things about them, I need to stop the bounce. 40DD they BOUNCE! ouch!

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  24. Kate, I too, have this problem and I have used two different solutions. I have used a sports bra (Champion, from Target) over the regular bra. Most recently I have worn a shaper (also from Target) over my regular bra. It flattens me a bit, which I want to help reduce the bounce and it wicks away sweat. I think it is more comfortable than using two bras. Good luck!

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  25. Oh Thank You !!! It's not just ME !!!

    36 DD + Big Ol'Draft Horse Trot = well... I think you get the idea.

    I've often thought about some of the undergarments made for equestrians, but they look like torture devices...

    Will look into the suggestions made in other comments ... Thank You Ladies !

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  26. Many thanks to all the ladies who volunteered comments and suggestions - investigations will be made!

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  27. When I used to run, I would wear a regular underwire bra and then put a sports bra over that. Surprisingly, it's not uncomfortable, and it really helps to keep everything in its proper place!

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  28. Came to the equipment part a bit late, you've got lots of suggestions. Here's another one from my daughter who has this problem also:the Enell sports bra is the absolute best for bounce control, but if you don't like the uniboob effect, the Edith lanced minimizer actually gives great support and, um, separation...Hope all these suggestions help you with your problem.

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  29. Love it!! Please update on what you find out. I have this problem as well. My friend's favorite saying is, "Save your boobs, ride gaited." (She loves the TN Walkers). I'm going to follow up on some of these great suggestions, too!!

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  30. Wow, I'm late as usual...but, I have this problem as well. Have read through all the suggestions with much interest. Please do a follow-up post with your findings! Very helpful to a lot of us apparently!

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  31. Great post, good for you Kate for having the chutzpah to post it. CCC, you cracked me up!

    http://www.movingcomfort.com/ has some pretty decent ones. I've tried many brands over the years, and always check for higher spandex content (nothing under 12% works for me) and of course the fit.

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