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post #21 of 26 Old 12-07-2011, 03:49 AM
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Originally Posted by QHriderKE View Post
I believe that the saddle fit my long-backed horse well, it's solid on her and fits just as good as my western saddle does, even though she doesn't have much for withers... The saddle sits off of her wither and for what I can see, she doesn't fuss about any issaues with the fit.

It looks like you are placing it too far forward and it also looks too narrow as it is tipping backwards (due to it being too high at the front). It is easy to measure a saddle, just measure from the stud to the centre of the cantle. It doesn't look right for both you and your horse in those pics. Great advice from Barry Godden - Ideal saddles are my favourites.
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post #22 of 26 Old 12-28-2011, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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Seeing as my long-backed beast was grumpy today, I decided to plop the saddle on a Paint mare we have. :)

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post #23 of 26 Old 12-28-2011, 05:12 PM
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gorgeous horse.. great video!
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post #24 of 26 Old 12-28-2011, 06:47 PM
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That last video looks pretty good.

Your feet are rotated waaaaay out, probably a left over from riding in western saddles. To get your hips and legs sitting closer to the horse, try stretching like so: once you get on the horse, drop one stirrup and bring that leg back up so you can grab your ankle. Then pull up and back as far and for as long as you can stand it. Switch sides, and then do that two or three more times.

In not too long you'll have to drop your stirrups a hole or two because your legs are draping longer over the horse and your thighs will be rotating inwards so your toes won't be pointed out so much.

I'm a strong believer in adults choosing how to live their lives, but I will strongly recommend a helmet. Your call though.
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post #25 of 26 Old 12-28-2011, 06:56 PM
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I can see the gears turning in that mare's head. Good job =) Riding English is so fun!
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post #26 of 26 Old 12-28-2011, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thankseees! That mare is so quick to catch on to things... it scares me. It's like as soon as I get her to do something once, it's just programmed into her head. I can't wait to see what all will happen with her!

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