Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: ~*~ NEBRASKA ~*~
Need Help with Correct Placement of Dressage Saddle
I am questioning whether or not I am correctly taking up Cinny, especially now that I have a new Dressage Saddle.
In the past he has been EXTREMELY picky about his saddle, and where it is on his back to say the least. Too far forward he either wouldn't move or would rear. Too far back he wouldn't move correctly and would be prone to bucking. To be honest, I never really thought so much about where the saddle fit until I got Cinny. My old H/J saddle I would just put on, and scoot back and forth until it settled and cinch it up. If I put my Kieffer on Cinny this way he would act like it was too far forward, and indeed if I picked up his front leg and pulled the knee forward his shoulders would hit the flaps. So I got into the habit of always making sure there was about an inch of clearance between his elbow and the shoulder when his leg was raised forward.
Last week I was riding with my new Wintec and the trainer/coach at our stable told me I had the saddle too far back. I explained that Cinny does not like it if it even remotely hits his elbows but she persuaded me to try anyway. It seemed to me to be too far forward but he moved okay. I don't know...it seemed too much like it was placed like a forward seat than a Dressage Seat. In pictures I have googled of Dressage riders I see that their saddles are also well behind the elbow of their horse.
Which is the correct placement? Am I second guessing myself too much? Any pictures, descriptions, etc that you can give would be a BIG BIG HELP. Thanx
Last edited by Cinnys Whinny; 10-07-2012 at 11:56 AM.