Choosing The Right Bra For Riding

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! 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 emphasises 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!?

Since riding is a high impact sport, generic sports 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:

Good Support – 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).

Comfort – 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).

Aesthetically Pleasing –
 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 tee or sweater. A sleek, slim look for equitation classes doesn’t hurt either.

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Enell No Bounce Guaranteed Equestrian Sports Bra

In my quest to find the perfect bra I’ve come across the Enell No Bounce Guaranteed Equestrian Sports Bra. The reviews look fabulous and the price is reasonable (it’s even endorsed by Oprah). There’s also a plus size version available. I’m looking forward to a bounce-free ride!

Update: I got the bra and it really is “no-bounce”.The reviews are accurate; it’s not going to win you any beauty pageants, but the extra support is well worth it and seems to help my position in the saddle (I’m a sloucher!).

What’s your favorite bra for riding?

Thank you to Arnott Mason Corporation/Equestrian Collections for some of the information provided.

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