Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
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!!
Thank you that helped A LOT! But I have one possibly stupid question... How can I relax more in my back? Is there any way that I can practice that or is it just to ride and relax?
That makes sense to make sure it fits at the time. Because I might be grown/might not be adn Romeo is still losing weight and gaining muscles.
I will go and get some help on saddle fit! Thank you.
Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove
What kind of bit are you using? If it is a leverage/curb bit, you should be riding with two hands. I can't tell from the picture though. In a snaffle, you can ride with two hands and then start working on his neck reining. For barrels, you'll start out riding two handed in your snaffle and move up to one handed reining eventually when you both have the pattern down. Until then, you will use your inside rein to support and guide your horse around the barrels. (along with your leg)
It is a tendertouch bit. I am actually going to try to start him on a snaffle bit this summer and just retrain that to him. I don't know much about bits but I just foud out that the tender touch is kind of a harsh bit.(I don't know for sure though)
Thank you for the barrel advice! He is still learning so I like to use 2 hands. He was never used for it before and he is the first horse that I have really umm. . .Trained? For it. I have been trying to use my leg with him, I think he is understanding what it means, but we just have to work on our timing for when to put pressure and when to take off pressure.
Originally Posted by barefoot
Don't know much about western - But your horse is GORGEOUS! Just soften is my only request ;)
Haha, thank you! I am going to work on softening!
Originally Posted by NordicJuniper
I personally ride in a 14'' barrel saddle. I ride in a smaller barrel saddle than any other western saddle. You are supposed to be snug in a barrel saddle so you aren't being bounced around when turning the barrels and such. I am 5'5" and 140lbs if that helps at all.
ok, thank you! I am going to try out a bunch of saddles and see what fit me and Romeo best. But you think that maybe a smaller size would be best for it?