Originally Posted by Passion4Horses
Thank you for your info MIEventer. I kind of had a feeling that my thigh didn't fit the saddle very well. I have my next lesson on wedensday and I will talk to my trainer and see about a different saddle, I am not sure if we will have another option or not, but hopefully I can find a different one! Do you think I will have a hard time fitting into saddles because I have longer thighs though? Also I know my posting is off it feels and looks like it is a huge movement, so do you think that with the right saddle that will be fixed?
Thanks for all the posts everyone. I am learning so much, I really love this forum!
You are welcome, glad I was able to shed some light on the subject. If you had a feeling, then follow that. That saddle is all wrong for you and puts you in a not so good position.
Remember, your saddle should aid you, not hinder you. It has to work with you, not against you - and that saddle is against you. It's just not right for your body type at all.
Yes, you need a more forward flap of a saddle - but see what your coach can come up with. You might not have that much of an option if you are using a lesson horse and lesson saddle.
If you have your own, I would highly encourage you and your parents to go to a saddler, and sit in a multitude of saddles that they put out for you pending your body type. You have a long leg like me, I have to have a forward flap to accomodate that.
My new saddle, puts me in a beautiful position, naturally. I don't have to fight or struggle to achieve it - your saddle should put your feet under you naturally, the twist should accomodate your pelvis size, the flaps must accomodate your leg length. You want to beable to get a handswidth between your seat and the cantle when you are in the sit position. And yes, when you are balanced over your feet and your seat is put in a proper position, your posting will grow quieter and softer....because your saddle is working with you.
Let me know how it goes!