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        10-02-2009, 10:34 PM
    Hope that wasnt a bite at me. Ol' MIEventer's input wasnt needed.
    I was simply suggesting somthing. That's all.
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        10-03-2009, 12:02 AM
    It wasn't directed at any one person, Eventer. I apologize if it came across that way. It was just a general wake up call for everyone, myself included.
        10-03-2009, 01:03 AM
    Yeah okayith sites "bitchyness" has got nothing on ]Riding Room!!!!
        11-05-2009, 02:52 AM
    Thank you MIEventer. Also if you don't need a breastplate or breast collar you don't need one, again it depends on how well your saddle fits your horse. Period.
    For your position you need to focus on putting you heels down and having a nice solid lower leg that doesnt swing forward or back. You kinda got the chicken wing going on with your release, you need to grab just a little bit of mane and do a crest release over fences that follows your horses neck has he bascules over the jump. Then you wont catch him in the mouth. Other wise you guys look great!
        11-05-2009, 10:14 AM
    So, this will probably be WAY more feedback than you wanted, but I have extra time on my hands today. I went through ALL 139 pictures and this is what I saw:

    10 - don't forget to release, you caught him in the mouth a bit on this one
    24 and 25 - good job waiting for him, your shoulders didn't get too far ahead of the motion
    40, 41, 42 - make sure you release, you caught him in the mouth again, but did a great job of keeping your shoulders back and waiting for him
    45, 46, 47 - same thing, need to release
    61, 62, 63, and 64 - over these and a few other jumps you seem to lean to your right, remember to stay centered
    70 - you can really see the lean to the right in this one
    113, 114, and 115 - much better release, you are still leaning to the right
    120 and 121 - much better release, you are still leaning to the right
    131 - BIG lean to the right
    135 - beautiful jump, good release, centered position
    138 - nicely centered, staying with motion without getting ahead
    139 - jumped up his neck a little, wait for him to jump

    Overall, it looks like you guys had a TON of fun at a really nice facility. I agree with others saying that overall, you look great, just a few minor things to watch out for (release, and leaning to the right)

    As to the "saddle pad debate", if your professional fitter says you need a half pad, use one. If they say your saddle fits perfect without it, then you don't need to use one. When I first got my new Black Country my fitter had me use a half pad. Once my guy muscled up a bit, she had me stop using it because adding a pad under an already well fitted saddle WILL make it too tight (exactly like putting on an extra pair of socks when the shoe already fits great.) If you truly have questions about what different half pads can do, read this: Lorien Stable - Using Saddle Pads and this: Lorien Stable - Comparing the Function of a Saddle to the Function of a Shoe So while you may think that extra, fluffy pads are helping your horse, they could be causing pinching if they have not been approved by your saddle fitter. In the long run, the goal should be to have a saddle fit so well that you could ride without any pads. The wool in the panels should distribute the weight and act as a shock absorber. If that is not the case, you might have the wrong saddle.
        11-06-2009, 11:45 AM
    Thanks eventerwannabe Amy Johnson (instructor of the day) said that in XC, your stirrup position is more relaxed. They're not strict about the ball of the foot being where it should be, and actually, it really helps on some of the big scarry fences. Lol!
        11-06-2009, 11:53 AM
    MIEventer- "Again, if the saddle already fits properly, adding extra padding is making your saddle too tight on your horses back. That is like wearing thick socks and then putting shoes that are already snug, on.

    Back in the 1800's and even in the early 1900's - saddles were used bare. With no padding under them at all. The pad came along, to keep the saddle from getting stained by the horses sweat.

    That is the only purpose of a pad."

    I Completely agree, I have only used extra pads when the saddle was too wide for a certian horse.
        11-07-2009, 02:37 PM
    You have a nice strong leg-which is good. However it looks as if you need to push the horse more into the bit, so that he can be more collected. Your head is nice and always looks up. You look as if you are a defensive rider. Meaning that you hold more. You could push alittle more into each jump. However it is hard for me to say as I am not there and can only see the jump. Your horse could run into fences and so that's why you ride defensivly. And your bum looks like at some times it is going to hit the saddle as the horse is coming down, this gives a horse a jab in the back and doesn't let him jump as freely.

    You have naturly a good overall position and remeber to fix on thing at a time so that you and your horse don't get frustrated. Good luck

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