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post #1 of 12 Old 09-18-2013, 10:49 PM Thread Starter
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Couple of English questions.

So I've been ridding for 7 years and am new to English (teaching myself). First off my horse has a bit of a sway back so the saddle leaned back to much so I bought a back lift pad for the saddle and I was wondering if I put it on correctly? (pic below)
Second the past couple times I've tried riding in it the stirrup leathers pinched my legs. Is this normal or am I maybe moving my legs too much?

Here is the pic of the back lift pad ( between the saddle and saddle pad. Also sorry about the mess in the background.)
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It looks fine on the stand, but could be completely different on the horse. Only those pictures matter, honestly.

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Not sure about the pad, but as far as the pinching from stirrup leathers, that is why a lot/most english riders wear long boots or half chaps. I would get bruises on my legs from pinching after about 10 mins. Pair of mock-suede half chaps fixed the problem. :)
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If the saddle is rocking in the back that much, it may not be a good fit for him (though the swayed back complicates it a bit). If you can try to post clear pictures of your horse with the saddle on so saddle fit experts on here can help. Get both sides of the horse, front and back, and the angled view near each shoulder.

It's common to have wiggly legs when learning so that's probably not helping you. English stirrup leathers can get pinchy, especially of you're in shorts. Tall boots or half chaos and paddock boots are the way to go.
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I used to ride in just jeans in English saddles all the time. Then I got into the habit of always wearing half chaps, though I'd occasionally forget to put them on. Usually that was when I was just going for a play ride or something. It had been a long time since I'd done a "real ride" without them, and the other day I rode without half chaps and noticed pinching for some reason. Never had the problem except for that one day! Either way, half chaps can help solve that problem. You can buy a cheap pair of thin faux suede type half chaps for pretty cheap- look for used and you can get some for even cheaper!
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If the saddle is rocking in the back that much, it may not be a good fit for him (though the swayed back complicates it a bit). If you can try to post clear pictures of your horse with the saddle on so saddle fit experts on here can help. Get both sides of the horse, front and back, and the angled view near each shoulder.

It's common to have wiggly legs when learning so that's probably not helping you. English stirrup leathers can get pinchy, especially of you're in shorts. Tall boots or half chaos and paddock boots are the way to go.
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I will try to get a picture of it on Angel the next time I'm out.

As for the leathers would it be ok to maybe just wrap them in vet wrap or maybe some fleece? I don't show in english or anything. I just got the stuff so I could try it out and see how I like it.

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leathers always pinch my calves. It does depend on how you ride, and if you have "thick" calves or "thin" calves. half chaps are a great investment. you can buy them online .
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leathers always pinch my calves. It does depend on how you ride, and if you have "thick" calves or "thin" calves. half chaps are a great investment. you can buy them online .
I got my mesh half chaps (with suede where my inside calf touches the stirrup leathers) for $15, shipped, off eBay. Best $15 I've spent.
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leathers always pinch my calves. It does depend on how you ride, and if you have "thick" calves or "thin" calves. half chaps are a great investment. you can buy them online .
I would like to look at the half chaps, but right now I have no money or work until October. So I'm trying to find something that I can use in the meantime.

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well, at the very least, wear some knee-hi socks. thick ones, under your jeans.
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