EQ/Riding problems... Result of horse, or saddle?

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    03-06-2011, 05:59 PM
EQ/Riding problems... Result of horse, or saddle?

I've just started working my horse in an english saddle (crosby.. maybe all purpose). I'm having some major problems at the canter. My legs will literally swing forward with the motion of the canter, sort of moving me into a chair seat at certain points of the stride. It's not just my lower leg, and I made sure I wasn't pinching anywhere. My weight is in my heels, etc.

Also, I fly up a lot when he canters. I have to slow him down quite a lot for my butt to stick.

Now that I think about it, even in the trot I feel like my toe is a little farther forward than it should be.

I take lessons weekly, I've never had this problem.
Could it be the way my horse moves, my saddle, or myself?

I can try to get a video if necessary.
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    03-06-2011, 09:27 PM
I ride in a Crosby as well. This one has no knee or thigh blocks and or knee pad (haha not sure what the terminology for that is!), and I can tell you that it is 10x harder to keep your position in these saddles as it is when you have blocks. Not sure what model yours is, but if it's similar to to what I just described, then it just takes a whole lot of leg strength and really drilling to keep a consistent leg. It's also more difficult to keep your leg on a slab-sided horse. Not sure if the horse you're riding is slab-sided or not. Otherwise, I'm not sure what else could be causing this, other then a weak core and legs, perhaps?
    03-06-2011, 09:31 PM
That's probably it! Its a very "flat" saddle.
    03-06-2011, 09:33 PM
I have a Crosby too. I had the same problem when I first started riding in it. But then I had some knee issues, had to go like 6 months without stirrups and that pretty much forced my leg into position. Now it's not a problem.
    03-06-2011, 09:41 PM
Ah, so I'm probably just too weak to ride in anything without knee blocks/rolls lol

Probably should work on that!
    03-06-2011, 11:05 PM
Back when I was in college, our equitation coach was pretty adamant about making beginner/intermediate riders ride in plain flap, close-contact saddles all the time. I never really knew why, because I couldn't tell much of a difference the time or two I grabbed a saddle with rolls/blocks and padded knees.

Well, fast forward to a few months ago, and I started lessons at a new barn. All they had were the jumping type saddles with tons of rolls/blocks and padding. It felt absolutely bizarre. So, after a month of this, I went out and bought a used Crosby Prix des Nations, plain flap -- and it instantly felt like my former 'good ol' days' of riding.

It felt wonderful ... up until I did more than walk around in it. I was slipping and sliding all over the saddle, getting my legs too far forward, or having them slip back. I can say that after about 8 or 9 lessons in it, my leg HAS improved. I mean, it kind of has to. It's still not as good as it could be of course, but enough that I feel more confident in it.

So, now my old trainer's preference made sense. And as my new trainer says: It'll definitely make you a better rider.
    03-06-2011, 11:33 PM
Lol thanks for the reply!
Next ride I'll just really work hard on it.

Once again, thanks everyone! :))

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