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    05-03-2012, 05:56 PM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I think a certain amount of chair seat is unavoidable if the horse is so wide that it would force your hips into a very unnatural position to try and force the leg to be more vertical. That's why when people look at a wide horse and say , "he must be really comfy to ride, he looks like a pillow" , they are wrong. A really wide horse is often much less comfy to ride than a more narrow horse.

You look fine on him and if he is not objecting, then just ride.

BTW, where was that photo taken? (I am from WA )
It's on Livingston Mountain near Camas. If it were a clearer day, you'd be able to see Mt Adams and Mt hood peeking out from somewhere. But since you're in Washington, you know there have been no clear days in a while
     
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    05-03-2012, 08:46 PM
  #22
Trained
Haha Corporal you clearly don't have super short stumpy legs then :P
Trust me when I say, with 'uber short legs, riding a tank of a horse, it is physically impossible to get an ear-shoulder-hip-heel line without a significant degree of pain and effort. I was riding a 16.2hh WB mare for a while, and she was so wide that her back was like a table. My thighs were pushed out so far on her that if I'd tried to drop my knees and bring my lower leg back under my seat, I probably would have torn a few ligaments in the old hips!!! Thank god she was easy to sit on so I didn't have to attempt to rise-trot her :P
     
    05-03-2012, 08:58 PM
  #23
Weanling
If you're riding the horse for fun, and your seat is balanced and secure, it doesn't really matter where your legs are.
Riding on your seat bones does not automatically put your legs forward, unless you have poor posture to begin with. And riding on your pubic bones doesn't automatically put you in a good position (I happen to think its much less secure than riding with a deeper seat, on the seat bones, with good upright posture, but it IS easier to do and look pretty.)
     
    05-03-2012, 09:50 PM
  #24
Showing
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Originally Posted by calicokatt    
If you're riding the horse for fun, and your seat is balanced and secure, it doesn't really matter where your legs are.
Riding on your seat bones does not automatically put your legs forward, unless you have poor posture to begin with. And riding on your pubic bones doesn't automatically put you in a good position (I happen to think its much less secure than riding with a deeper seat, on the seat bones, with good upright posture, but it IS easier to do and look pretty.)
True, though if you don't fit the saddle correctly then it makes you sit in a certain position and that can throw off your legs.
     

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