Ok not sure where to put this but adding onto my own thread! :)
Last night at my lesson I got to ride in a dressage saddle for the first time.
We've been passing it around our group and our instructor thought we should all try it & see how it feels - as it kind of forces our leg in a better position.
I must say, wow. my thighs were a lot more 'straight down' .. I almost felt like I was Kate Winslet balancing on the front of the Titanic with the middle of my body more forward. BUT - I think it just feels that way..... compared to where I was in a regular saddle.
In which case I'm also learning how I feel my body FEELS and how it ACTUALLY is... might be slightly off...
It definitely gave me some new perspective on leg position when I go back to my regular saddle.
I get now why they call it chair seat. We are all SITTING down on a horse. we should be standing on the horse! Sure there is a slight lean back from your knee, (equal to the slight bend back to your heel) but no more than you could do on the ground.
I don't think I would have realized this for a while, as i would have read that before and went 'yeah, i'm doing that'.. but then to feel it in that saddle..
my body was so determined to stay this way, that even when i two pointed, i would put my butt back further to allow my leg to stay forward and be balanced. darn you body for tricking me.
long road ahead...
Last edited by Gossalyn; 10-03-2013 at 02:37 PM.