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post #1 of 16 Old 08-06-2009, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Can you crit. me and Romeo??

ok. I have never taken real lessons, but I want some critiquing please. Romeo wasn't ridden for about 2-3 years before I got him. He was 300 pounds overweight, and I am now trying to turn him into a barrel racer.



Things I know are wrong.
My feet are WAY to far forward, I think I was getting ready to stop him. And my stirrups are to short on the hole they are on, but the next hole down is to long...






Please be honest! You can critique me or Romeo

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-06-2009, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Also, does the saddle look like it fits us? It is a 15" trail saddle (Buford).

I am going to possible sell it and my 13 inch pony saddle and get a barrel saddle, and I was wondering if I should stick with that size.

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post #3 of 16 Old 08-07-2009, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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bumpity bump bump!

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I noticed in the first pic that you are holding onto the saddle horn. If you want to get good balance and more confident don't hold onto it. I NEVER hold onto the saddle horn no matter what. It has helped me alot.
You have nice strait back, but it looks like you are stiff, just loosen up a bit.
YOU should be more in the middle of the saddle rather than right on the back of it.
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You should go with a 17in barrel saddle so you can grow into it
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^ I don't agree with that. Buy a saddle that fits, not one to "grow into".

I give myself very good advice, But I very seldom follow it
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Ok. But I think it would be better to buy a bigger one, so when she out grows it she will have to sell it, so on,
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I noticed in the first pic that you are holding onto the saddle horn. If you want to get good balance and more confident don't hold onto it. I NEVER hold onto the saddle horn no matter what. It has helped me alot.
You have nice strait back, but it looks like you are stiff, just loosen up a bit.
YOU should be more in the middle of the saddle rather than right on the back of it.
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You should go with a 17in barrel saddle so you can grow into it
Yeah, I was trying to slow him down, and I guess I just grabbed it without thinking about it! Haha. I will try to stop holding onto the horn.
I will loosen up when I ride! And sit in the middle of my saddle.
I am pretty much done growing. But should I still go to a bigger size or should I go to maybe like a 15.5 barrel saddle?

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Find a saddle that fits you and your horse. Don't buy something bigger. It looks a little small...but you would be swimming in a 17". I ride in a 15" and I am bigger than you. Try out a 15.5 if you want and see how it feels. Find someone who knows saddle fit and have them help you (theres some people on here who can give you a basic idea from pictures...but not me). Otherwise, you mentioned the big thing, your legs are far too forward. Work on bringing them back behind you and getting a proper position (Since you mentioned it, Im assuming you know what that is).

Also, I couldn't tell if you are riding with two hands in some of them?
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Find a saddle that fits you and your horse. Don't buy something bigger. It looks a little small...but you would be swimming in a 17". I ride in a 15" and I am bigger than you. Try out a 15.5 if you want and see how it feels. Find someone who knows saddle fit and have them help you (theres some people on here who can give you a basic idea from pictures...but not me). Otherwise, you mentioned the big thing, your legs are far too forward. Work on bringing them back behind you and getting a proper position (Since you mentioned it, Im assuming you know what that is).

Also, I couldn't tell if you are riding with two hands in some of them?
ok, thank you! I will try out some saddles to see what we are both comfortable in.

Yeah, I was riding with 2 hands in some of the pictures, he isn't a great neck reiner so I use 2 hands and when I hold the reins like that he knows I mean we are working because that is how I was taught to go to the barrel was with 2 hands. Is that wrong?

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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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