English saddle ouchie!!!!
so i'm a western rider. and i've been teaching my horse to jump. my mustang is now easily jumping 3" and i'm so proud of her! i ride in a light weight saddle thats honestly about 10-15 pounds. and i've always wanted to ride English and try jumping in an english saddle as i'd love to do Xc or show jumping one day!! well my friend has an english saddle in her barn and told me i could go put it on my horse and finally test one out. i'm all excited! yippee! so i get there and her saddle only has 1 stirrup leather so i spend like 30 minutes trying to figure out how to attach the other darn thing! i finally get it on and i'm so proud because i figure it out myself. i put it on my horse and get on and off my horse several times to get my leathers adjusted properly. and i'm all good for about the first 20 minutes. my complaints are #1 where the stirupps attach and that buckle is. it raises that little flap up and it rubs the insides of my leg. but thats a VERY minor complaint compared to the other... complaint #2 the darned stirrup leather kept pinching my calf between my horse and the darn piece of leather and now i have a bruise far larger then my hand! how are these problems solved?? i'd like to try it again but minus the bruising. i only rode in it for about 30 minutes too i don't know if maybe i did something wrong that made it do that or what but owwwww. also i understand why english riders wear helmets! that dang english saddle is easy to fall out of. luckily i didn't try falling but still my horse refused EVERY jump in that saddle and it's SO easy to go over. but in my western saddle you don't even pop up. i don't know if thats because the cantle or if maybe i'm used to it and have more confidence staying on. helmet next time! and any suggestions on how to fix those issues??
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