Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: North Carolina, USA
Okay so I rode in my sister's saddle the other day because I accidentally left mine at the house and my leg felt much more secure, a lot less "skiing" I think. Is this all in my head or can a saddle that's too small for me (not a ton, which is why I don't have a new one yet...) cause my leg to be less secure? It wasn't just my leg too, my seat was felt much better also...
Also had a lesson with no reins and no stirrups, given to me by my sister on her horse. Helped a lot, and I'm hoping she'll give me some more...
Also she did this weird hip opening thing (I've been calling it a "hip abduction") and it was amazing, my hips were so much more open, and we went on a little trail ride to get out of the arena and we came to a little stream and I had to get off and lead my horse over it (she crosses standing water, just not running unless someone in front of her goes or you walk her over it first) and then remount and it was probably the easiest mounting from the ground I've ever done. I normally had a lot of trouble with it, even on a 13.2 pony, and this was so easy. I just thought it was because I have a very long torso and short legs (I'm 5'1" and when I'm sitting I'm as tall as my friend who's 5'9") that gave me difficulties but apparently my hips are very closed. So I've been doing a lot more of the "hip abduction"s (like every ride) and its helped a lot with everything.