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post #11 of 23 Old 01-12-2013, 04:40 PM
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You look good English but ditch that saddle, your position will improve greatly by just doing that! That is your biggest problem.
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post #12 of 23 Old 01-13-2013, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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You look good English but ditch that saddle, your position will improve greatly by just doing that! That is your biggest problem.
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Thanks waresbear!! Saddle has since been sold, and I have been riding bareback, and Western and working on my seat and balance, some days I feel like Im doing great, and have great balance, and other days I feel like Im getting on for the first time! lol
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post #13 of 23 Old 01-14-2013, 08:39 AM
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Gorgeous horse :)
My main concern is - he's really young... I understand that being part TB he should be maturing faster, however, to me he looks like he still has quite a bit of growing and filling out to do, hence I wouldn't be riding him just yet. The weight on his back isn't doing him any favours.

The bareback riding actually isn't too good for a horse's back either. Of course, it depends on how much of it you do and how often. Bear in mind that saddles are purposely made to distribute the weight evenly and the keep clear of the spine which is important if you want the back to be sound and well developed.

When the time comes I would go for a dressage saddle or maybe for a GP/Dressage but just choose a brand and type that doesn't make you feel like you are tipping forward.

P.S. Completely off topic but - do you have any Lithuanian heritage? Your last name (I'm assuming this by your nickname) sounds very Lithuanian :)
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post #14 of 23 Old 01-14-2013, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Gorgeous horse :)
My main concern is - he's really young... I understand that being part TB he should be maturing faster, however, to me he looks like he still has quite a bit of growing and filling out to do, hence I wouldn't be riding him just yet. The weight on his back isn't doing him any favours.

The bareback riding actually isn't too good for a horse's back either. Of course, it depends on how much of it you do and how often. Bear in mind that saddles are purposely made to distribute the weight evenly and the keep clear of the spine which is important if you want the back to be sound and well developed.

When the time comes I would go for a dressage saddle or maybe for a GP/Dressage but just choose a brand and type that doesn't make you feel like you are tipping forward.

P.S. Completely off topic but - do you have any Lithuanian heritage? Your last name (I'm assuming this by your nickname) sounds very Lithuanian :)
Thanks for the post! This post was originally made back in Oct 2012, honestly, have ridden him very little since then.

As for the Lithuanian heritage, I sure do! My grandfather is originally from there, and eventually I would like to take a trip over there
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post #15 of 23 Old 01-14-2013, 12:44 PM
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Thanks for the post! This post was originally made back in Oct 2012, honestly, have ridden him very little since then.

As for the Lithuanian heritage, I sure do! My grandfather is originally from there, and eventually I would like to take a trip over there

I think it will do him a lot of good if he has some time off - both physically and mentally :) If it were me I would touch him until spring, and then start the lunge work to get him in better shape and muscle him up, then start riding very lightly in the summer. Are you planning on using him for English or Western?

Again sorry about the OT If you ever decide to go on a trip over here let me know
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post #16 of 23 Old 01-14-2013, 01:11 PM Thread Starter
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I think it will do him a lot of good if he has some time off - both physically and mentally :) If it were me I would touch him until spring, and then start the lunge work to get him in better shape and muscle him up, then start riding very lightly in the summer. Are you planning on using him for English or Western?

Again sorry about the OT If you ever decide to go on a trip over here let me know
Thats pretty much what Ive been doing to be honest with you, I may have a day here or there where I will work him, but at the moment, I really dont have any place to work him how he needs to be, and Ive been busy with some things, so that is what will most likely happen.

No problem, about the question though, Ive met quite a few people from over there through my highschool a few years ago!
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post #17 of 23 Old 01-14-2013, 01:55 PM
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Not going to critigue but I have to say aftering looking at your pictures.....OH HOW I MISS THAT SAND WHERE YOU ARE!!!!! I love the mountains but darn I miss the coast.

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Not going to critigue but I have to say aftering looking at your pictures.....OH HOW I MISS THAT SAND WHERE YOU ARE!!!!! I love the mountains but darn I miss the coast.
Hahaha, and Im the opposite! I love it here on the coast, dont get me wrong, but I miss the mountains! Which is why, besides a fantastic job offer for my husband, we are moving back to the mountains of WV!!
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post #19 of 23 Old 01-14-2013, 02:35 PM
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OH YAY!!! LoL LOVE the riding up here but its hard on us keeping our guys in tip top shape so we can ride around here. These mountains aint no joke. Our pasture puffs cant even make it on a 15 minute ride before they act like they are going to topple over.

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post #20 of 23 Old 01-14-2013, 03:01 PM
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While you're waiting on a saddle.. you should totally watch this video. Chair seat isn't always attributed entirely to your saddle. It's also how you sit. I know in western riding, you sit more on your pockets. In English riding, you need a balance between your pubic bone and your seat bones. If you sit too far forward on your pelvis, you tip forward. If you sit too far back, you lean back and your legs have no choice but to flop forwards.

How To Practice Your Classical Seat In Horseback Riding - YouTube

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