09-07-2011, 02:03 PM
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Some people might freak, but you could also try a western saddle for a few months. If & when you start to bounce out of alignment, instead of slowing you can grab the horn, wiggle your butt, loosen your leg - and keep moving.
When I first started sitting the trot, I found I had to fatigue my body into relaxing, which didn't happen for me riding English. Slowing or stopping and gathering myself together gave me too much rest time, and I started back up still tense. With the western saddle, I could keep going for 30 minutes, which was enough to tire me into relaxing.
I'm now mostly a western rider, but I rode my Bates yesterday and everything I had learned while riding western helped me to relax into the saddle and feel comfortable. And once I learned how to relax my leg and settle into a western saddle, I had the option of shortening the stirrup and riding like that in a jump saddle.
Just a thought.