Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
First off, I really like how you have so much slack in your reins. Bravo :)
Secondly, I think you'll improve a LOT of things at once if you soften your lower back more. Stop fighting into position, and try relaxing into it instead. Let your legs hang down like you're draping a wet towel over your saddle, and you want the drips to fall from your heel, not your toe, so make sure to just lightly stretch those heels down and below your hip. Relax your back and allow it to really move with your horse and with your saddle.
Thirdly, please don't ever buy a saddle that you "might one day" grow into. Buy a saddle that fits you well right now, or you won't be doing yourself any favors. When you outgrow it, sell it and buy another. Never ever EVER buy a saddle that's 3 times too big for you! You're such a teensy little girl right now that a 17" saddle would make you really fight for your position, and you'd find it really really hard to ride in. If I can give you one piece of advice, it's to get a well-fitting saddle, to your horse and yourself.
ETA - I would strongly suggest you go to your local tack shop and talk to someone that's an expert on saddles to help you find the perfect one for you and your horse.
Best of luck!!
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