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Can You Horse Ride With A Tampon?

If you are going horse-riding while you are on your period, it can be an unpleasant and uncomfortable experience, especially if you have to wear a tampon. Although possible, certain factors affect the level of comfortability, so can you really horse ride with a tampon?

You can ride a horse with a tampon. However, just because you can, it doesn’t mean you should. There are just too many cons and not enough pros, but if you have been waiting in anticipation for this ride and don’t want to miss it, there is nothing wrong with testing it to see if you’re going to continue or not.

Each woman experiences their period differently from other women. For some, they have a light flow and don’t experience severe back pain or cramping. But some women suffer from the excruciating pain, bloating, and heavy flow that that time of the month brings, and riding a horse may be very uncomfortable. This article will discuss the dos and don’ts of riding a horse while you are wearing a tampon.

What Happens When You Horse Ride With A Tampon?

When you are riding a horse while you are wearing a tampon, there is no guarantee that you won’t have a rush of blood that overflows, and you can only imagine what follows.

The blood will stain your pants, and worst-case scenario, it could spoil the saddle too. Even though menstruation is a natural part of every woman’s life, it is still very embarrassing when you have an oops, and it isn’t always possible to hide it.

To add to the list of horrors, riding a horse while wearing a tampon can be so uncomfortable that it could cause you to feel vulnerable, irritable, gross, angry, and frustrated, resulting in a negative riding session for you and the horse.

Horses can sense anxiety or strong emotions, and they, too, start to feel uneasy and agitated. So not only will you be irritated with everything around you, but you will even begin to resent the horse for acting out and making things even more uncomfortable.

When you are on your period, lethargy is also a symptom due to decreasing estrogen levels, and because horse riding can be tiring, you will start to feel your energy levels drop as the ride goes on.

Estrogen increases the elasticity in the joints, so you may find that while you are riding, your ankles start to feel a bit loose. So, when your feet are in the stirrups, and you need to use your ankles to control and stay on the horse, it may compromise your ability to do so.

Another thing is if your pelvic muscles are too strong, the movements you make along with the power of your pelvis and core could result in pushing the tampon out. This, as you can imagine, will be a devastating experience for any girl or woman.

Luckily, tampons are not the only feminine hygiene product you can use if you have your period and riding a horse at the same time. If you aren’t familiar with the menstrual cup, this article may change your life. Unlike a tampon that absorbs the blood, a cup collects it.

This cup is made of silicone and fits perfectly and comfortably into the walls of the vagina. Best of all, you can leave it in for up to twelve hours before changing it.

A remarkable fact is that horses can smell pheromones and hormones, so they can detect your period as well. Luckily, horses do not react to any of it.

The Best Solutions To Ride A Horse While You Are Wearing A Tampon

  • Instead of having an intense riding session, take it slow and just enjoy a light trot. This will ease the awkwardness, pain, and possible embarrassment of the ride.
  • Wear a pad with your tampon. This will ensure that if you were to overflow, there is added protection to prevent any blood from leaking and staining your pants or the saddle.
  • Even if you have a medium or low flow, wear a tampon intended for someone with a very heavy flow. This will add to your peace of mind, knowing that you have a smaller chance of having a problem with overflow. In addition, you will enjoy the ride more instead of regretting every moment and waiting for disaster to strike.
  • Pair a heavy flow tampon with a full-length pad with wings, and you are good to go. Stress-free!
  • Wear cotton underwear so the pad’s wings will adhere to it properly instead of detaching and sliding around, which can cause tremendous discomfort.
  • Wear dark breeches instead of light-colored ones. This would help hide any blood that manages to overflow, making it easier to go unnoticed if it were to happen. Always have an extra pair of pants at the ready, should you have a slip.

Prepare An Emergency Kit For Horse-riding While You Are On Your Period

Everybody knows that prevention is better than cure, but for women during their period, anything can happen, no matter how safe you think you are.

The best thing you can do is to prepare an emergency kit for when you go horse riding, and you just happen to be on your period.

Always make sure you have the following items at your disposal, should any unfortunate event present itself;

  • Pain medication
  • Extra tampons
  • Extra pads (preferably winged, full-length pad like the ones you wear when you sleep)
  • 2 x Extra pairs of pants or trousers
  • Wet wipes/Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Vitamin C (Super C) – For when your blood sugar drops or if you feel dizzy
  • Lots of H2O!
  • Wear leakproof granny panties! No, these aren’t adult diapers, but they will help prevent blood from getting through to your breeches or your saddle.

A safety concern that all women should be aware of is that if you are riding a horse and wearing a tampon simultaneously, you need to change your tampon regularly.

The strenuous exercise and the horse’s motion can cause you to bleed more, and if you do not replace your used tampon with a clean one, you could be at risk of toxic shock syndrome or urinary tract infections (UTI’s).


Unfortunately, menstruation is something that a woman is unable to control. But this does not mean it needs to keep you from having fun and doing the things you love, such as horse riding.

Now you know that there are many things you can do to make the ride enjoyable for yourself without having to constantly worry if your tampon is going to ruin your entire day.

If you prepare yourself for anything that can go wrong, there is no reason for you to stress about a thing, and you can simply forget about it and enjoy the ride!

Anrie Diedericks

I've been around horses since I was 6 years old and started competing at the age of 9. Horses are my greatest passion and I am thrilled to be able to share my 23 (and counting) years of experience and knowledge with you.

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