Using Bodyglide as an anti-chafing product for equestrians is such a good idea that I’m a little disgusted with myself for not thinking of it first. You see, I’ve been using Bodyglide since 1998, only for running, not riding. It just didn’t occur to me to use when I ride (insert shrug here).
If you don’t know what it is, Bodyglide is this awesome stuff that, unlike other anti-chafe products, has no petroleum or lanolin ingredients so it’s non-greasy and great for daily use. It’s moisturizing, yet dry to the touch. It goes unnoticed on the skin and washes off easily with soap and water.
Once I began training for my first marathon in 1998, my Bodyglide became a life saver. I’ll spare you the details of all the places I applied the balm, but let’s just say there’s a lot of areas that can get really chafed while running long distance.
And now Merit tack has helpfully pointed out that Bodyglide would also be great for riding. Here is their list:
- Use on the face to protect against cold and wind
- Use on under arm and bra-chafed areas
- Preventing chafing on thighs and buttocks
- Preventing irritation from boot and stirrup leathers on feet and legs