Critique Me PLEASE!(2nd time riding English!)

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    01-10-2012, 08:41 PM
Critique Me PLEASE!(2nd time riding English!)

I'd like a crit please! This is the second time I rode English! Last weekend! I tried my best... Do my stirrups look too long/short? I can't really tell. I'm a western rider normally, but I've gone English lately ;).
My saddle pad started slipping off midway through our ride, so I just took it off because it was causing more harm than good. :/

And... the saddle pad starts to slip off ;P

And now the saddle pad is off... :P

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    01-10-2012, 09:11 PM
Green Broke
That saddle doesn't fit your horse at all. For the pad to slip that easily, and then slide up so hard on his wither, I wouldn't use it at all. You're right up on his neck in the last picture.

In general, you ride pretty much like every Western rider gone English (myself as well). You're very chair seated with your feet jammed out in front of you and sitting hard back on your seatbones with virtually no contact of the leg. The problem with English saddles is that they don't sit you in an automatically balanced position like a Western saddle does. That's not to say Western is easier, but there's a reason they're the only saddle used for novice trail rides. You CAN sit just as easily like that in an English saddle, just not in any sort of correct position. You need to REALLY engage your thighs and calves, and use your legs to balance your seatbones equally. You need to get your heel underneath your centre of balance and stop depending on your seat.

I would do lots of no stirrup work and two point!
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    01-10-2012, 09:26 PM
Green Broke
Have you used the keepers on the pad?? There's some to slide the girth through and some to put on the billet. I learned that one quickly :)

I've only rode English about 7 times myself, so just sharing my mistakes :P

Try riding with your toes parallel to your horses sides, another thing I managed to screw up.

Practice riding with more weight on the ball of your foot, rather than pushing down and out with your heel as you do Western, and your leg will improve.

Thumbs up, as they should be when riding both Western and English.
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    01-10-2012, 09:41 PM
Green Broke
Oh, and I must add, a video would really help people give a great crit.
    01-10-2012, 09:51 PM
Green Broke
If you feel discouraged and need a laugh, please read one of my recent posts regarding embarrassing situations - I had the girth so loose, that when I mounted, the entire saddle slid upside down, and I tumbled down the mounting block! :) You'll get it, though! I just ride for pleasure - both Western and English.....
    01-10-2012, 09:54 PM
Green Broke
Ooooor you could just look at my English riding threads. Teehee. You'll most likely have a laugh.
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    01-10-2012, 10:12 PM
MacabreM is totally right. That saddle is probably too narrow for your horse and if you ride in it for any length of time,you will make your hrose sore .
If you want a more sure opinion, post a picture of it on your horse's back, no pad, with horse on level ground and squared up. Take a pic from front, front/side off shoulder,, side, and rear.

It'a really hard to give any advice on your riding from those photos. Your horse is cute and it's brave of you to try new things.
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    01-10-2012, 10:19 PM
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I'm not sure if the saddle doesn't fit or if it's too loose and too far forward...?

I can't really critique because your dark pants are too close to the horse and saddle. I think I agree with the chair seat and it looks like you are bracing too much with your feet.

Over all not bad for just a second time in the english saddle. It's a completely different feel to get used to.
    01-10-2012, 10:47 PM
Thank you so much everyone! Yeah I noticed that I look majorly chair seated :/ ... Maybe the fact that the 'saddle pad' I was using was actually a bareback pad (oh dear me) made the saddle look like cheap crap... My trainer didn't say it fitted poorly! I think it was just operator error -I don't think I was paying enough attention to the placement of the saddle because I was focused on trying to get it tight enough, which I am not at all good at (it was like sliding off when I mounted, but I just figured it'd have to do because I couldn't get it any tighter & Specs might as well be a puffer fish when I'm tightening the girth, that and I'm a weakling. :/...) I just ordered a new girth (the kind that's neoprene, not the rope-type like what I have now) and an actual saddle pad, let's see how this works out ;)... It's a brand new saddle, too (it's second ride) so it's not broken in yet. My trainer helped me pick it out, so I'm fairly sure it fits OK.
Thank you all so much, though, and I do have a video!! I'll post the link... Next post... Gotta go find it...
    01-10-2012, 10:50 PM
Sorry, I like to go crazy with editing. I'll try to get some raws up for you guys later.
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