This post is a reminder to all the woman riders out there (myself included) who always go the extra mile to keep their horses happy and comfortable, but neglect the most important thing…ourselves!
For some of us, that means finding the best bra for horseback riding.
I’ve been guilty of riding in old, worn out sports bras, despite the discomfort, and for no good reason. Yet I don’t think twice about buying comfortable and high quality tack for my horses (sound familiar?) .
In a sport that emphasizes control and stillness, bouncing breasts are distracting to say the least. Not only is it painful, but continuous abuse can cause permanent tissue damage. And who wants that!?
💲 This specific brand of sports bra is now my favorite! Find it here.
Since riding is a high impact sport, regular bras rarely provide enough support. I can attest to this myself as I’ve tried numerous brands, all with mediocre results despite the fact that I have a small bra size.
I can only imagine what you large breasted women must go through!
A quality bra for riding should have these qualities:
The bra should minimizes movement using compression (breasts held against the chest wall to limit motion) and encapsulation (surrounds and supports the breasts, particularly for size C or larger).
The bra should feel comfortable on, stay in place, and not chafe. The straps shouldn’t dig into the shoulders nor should they fall off the shoulders as you rider.
Nothing is more distracting than having your strap slip while you are riding up to a fence!
Moisture Control and Breathability
You want a material that wicks away moisture and dries quickly to keep you cooler and drier when it’s hot, and drier and warmer when it’s cold (just like a good quality horse blanket).
When I’m at the barn I personally don’t care what I look like under my clothes, but I definitely want to look lump-free in a snug t-shirt or sweater.
A sleek, slim look for equitation classes doesn’t hurt either.
In my quest to find the perfect bra I’ve come across the MIRITY Women Racerback Sports Bras. The reviews are fabulous for all sizes, the price is reasonable, and I’m now enjoying bounce-free rides!
💲 If you can get it for under $25, grab it. It’s a great deal! Check the current price here.
What do you think is the best bra for horseback riding?