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post #11 of 12 Old 03-27-2012, 06:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Darrin View Post

-For pacers you want to shift your center of gravity back. For trotters you shift it forward. How far you shift depends on your horse.
According to the book Easy-Gaited Horses (cause I'm no expert), it's the other way around. Back for trotters, forward for pacers. That's why when Icelanders race at the pace, they sit up straight even though it's not aerodynamic.
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post #12 of 12 Old 04-23-2012, 11:12 AM
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I found that the saddle I used to ride in (a barrel saddle) prevented my mare from fox trotting comfortably. She gaits the best when we ride bareback. Riding bareback has a ton of pluses, and when most people get used to riding bareback using a saddle becomes uncomfortable and difficult! Well for me anyways. The saddle that I have is perfect for my fox trotter because it allows her freedom of movement. It is a Freeform treeless saddle. I suggest looking them up! They are worth the money. I have yet to find something ill fitting about my Freeform :)

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