Alright, as some of you might know, I've taken up english riding now in addition to my western.
During my lessons, I find the hardest thing for me is to find more use for my legs other than stability and posting. I know I should be using them more, because I use them non stop for many different things riding western. My teacher tells me that steering and speed control should be incorporated into my legs, and I try my best, but I'm still not very effective.
The horse I ride does fine, and he's used to a more experienced rider, as his owner has been riding english for a number of years consistently. He is a haflinger but he's rather large for a halflinger, at probably 14.2 to 15 hh.
Some of you might also know that I'm pretty tall, so I have long enough legs to do whatever I want with them without difficulty in a western saddle. In the english saddle though, I feel restricted by the shorter stirrups. Now, the problem may be solved when I get a saddle that fits properly. I've been riding in a small wintec that is likely designed for a 14 year old girl... :roll: Naturally, it doesn't fit me well at all. Will this get easier when I finaly get into a proper sized saddle?