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        10-17-2010, 01:37 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Lol I'm sure you get funny looks when you start posting in a Western saddle. I'm so inspired by all the people who started taking lessons as adults. Its never too late to learn something new. Who knows, maybe at 57 I'll decide take up flying lessons. :)
         
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        10-17-2010, 01:43 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Hehe - I feel extra awkward riding Western, so I feel your pain! My legs don't go where I want them, there is so much more "stuff" between the horse and I (I <3 closer contact, haha)... but, I definitely feel that my butt is more secured to the seat without even trying! Once you get used to it you may find that sticking to the saddle is intimidating, lol.

    Good luck! One thing I've found, too, is that NO TWO ENGLISH SADDLES ARE ALIKE! I mean, that is obvious, but it is 100% more obvious if you switch. So like, if you ride in a certain saddle and start feeling more comfortable, and then switch it up, you will likely feel extra awkward all over again, haha.
         
        10-17-2010, 02:54 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    ^ That is very true. I got a new saddle in June and I'm still getting used to it.
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        10-20-2010, 02:40 AM
      #14
    Foal
    English saddles rule!

    About posting in Western: I notice a lot of Western trainers (Stacy Westfall, Clinton Anderson, etc) post in Western. It's just easier on you and the horse. Lots of others on Youtube and at the Western States Horse Expo, too. I started in Aussie but graduated to a dressage saddle when my Aussie got "accidentally" sold. I love it; I have one Kieffer and two Wintecs. I feel much safer in the English because 1) the kneepads offer a sense of support from my knees down through my feet and 2) If I do need to grab on, I just grab the front part which is ergonomically safer feeling (to me) than hanging onto a horn. Finally I now find that my 52-year-old knees lock up when I try to ride Western. Also the English saddle is lighter and easier on you and the horse. I read a book about saddle fitting which politely explained that, with a Western saddle, the back-and-forth movement across the back of the horse is much more wearing and tiring than an English saddle, which sits up on pads along your horse's spine. Ride happy, Charlotte
         
        10-20-2010, 03:16 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    A ton of people who ride western post :) I post and I'll admitt I feel kinda silly doing it but it is so much easier on your horse's back then doing a sit trot which I am horrid at. I am actually getting into english myself. I bought a saddle and my horse use to "glare"at me when she saw the western saddle(it probably weighed 20 lbs and I did have her back checked out and it's fine now if anyone was thinking she was in pain). And when she sees the english saddle she doesn't do anything. Just stands there.

    I hope you are having a great time learning!!!
    I'm glad that you are excited about it. It makes it all the better.
         
        10-20-2010, 03:27 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Thanks again for the replies. I had another lesson yesterday on a different English saddle which was less slippery. I did the visualizations and it really helped. We spent the entire lesson at a walk, without stirrups and I worked the muscles needed to post. Good grief it was hard work. I was eager to try to trot but would rather learn slow and correct than fast and pick up bad habits. I'm going to get an exercise ball and a thigh master (lol) so I can keep the leg strengthening going while at home. I also have ballet lessons once a week and they really compliment each other I think. Ballet works my other legs and stretches my inner legs, while riding works my inner legs.
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        10-20-2010, 03:40 PM
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    Foal
    *correction that last sentence should say ballet works my *outer* leg muscles.
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        10-20-2010, 03:59 PM
      #18
    Super Moderator
    I always post, no matter what saddle I am in. It's easier all around for horse and human. I will sit for brief periods of time if I want to be more delicate with aids or to slow horse, or half halt to a canter strike off.
    There is nothing wierd about posting in a western saddle. Sometimes hard if the stirrups are long, but one can post, just not very high. It doens't take much to assist in absorbing the impact.
    I don't like the slow WP jog, so positn encourgae the horse to MOVE OUT!

    MsKibibi: are you really learing to fly?
         
        10-20-2010, 04:03 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Lol no, not literally. Whenever I canter (in a Western saddle) my instructor says that Lena (my lesson horse) is "really flying" and that's how it feels when I canter. Like flying, very exhilarating. So I say I'm learning how to fly :)
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