I've just gotten an English saddle and I hope to start riding English (I already ride Western and have for a long time & I would say I'm a decently solid rider) and I really want to jump and event - because I think it looks so much fun!! But first I need to learn how to ride English... ;)
My pony is a 14hh POA gelding named Specs. He's a pretty good all-arounder. And he's 11. Do you think he's too old to train to jump? I know - 11's not old - but still. I've jumped him a little before (like x-rails, and big, 1 1/2 diameter log!) and he does it. Not well - but he gets over it ;)... He's got good sturdy legs & feet, doesn't have any huge conformation flaws, and is very healthy for the most part--physically. Mentally - he's sometimes not all there jk.. Check out my pic in his profile in 'my barn' if you wanna see him ;).
I just got the saddle - a 16" Silver Fox saddle I got off a horsey website (high quality right? Haha! I just wanted to try a cheapy first just in case I change my mind on riding English - then I wouldn't be out on $$.)
I had a few questions that I thought you guys could answer?...
-How do you size an English girth? Is it the same as Western? Or what?
-I'm not real big... 5'2 and pretty petite, but I thought that a 16" is a pretty generic size, right?
-How long should stirrups be? How do you know how long to use your stirrups? Last time I rode English like a year ago, my friend ('instructor' I guess ;P) said that my stirrups were wayy too long and laughed at me - but they felt perty short to me!
-Will I look stupid riding English in jeans and cowboy boots
Anything else I should know??