Originally Posted by jwells84
I've ridden western for years and love to ride english.my problem tend to be that although i'm balanced enough in my western saddle,im not in my english saddle. If anyone has any tips or "fun' ideas for workin on balance i'd apprecaite it. I have access to a round pen and do enjoy riding bareback as well. My mare has a really bouncy trot... so i've learned to post while bareback,but this ofcourse doesnt seem to help my balance. Any Suggestions?
If you're truly balanced in your western saddle, it could be that your English saddle doesn't fit you quite right in some way, and isn't helping you to find your balance. Several things could have that effect - stirrup bar placement, flap shape, the width of the twist...
I'll also second PaintHorseMares' suggestion of general core training. If you have someone to help you out, maybe try some work on the lunge -- bareback and in the English saddle with and without stirrups.