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post #21 of 45 Old 05-11-2011, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, it's pretty big on me and yep I am skinny. I will lower my stirrups tomorrow before I get on him.
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post #22 of 45 Old 05-12-2011, 02:57 PM
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I think the saddle should be alright for the time being. I think the problem is that you're sitting too far back in the saddle. You need to sit, more or less, in the middle of the saddle. So scooch that bum up!

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thanks. I have a huge problem with that too and I definitely have to work on it...
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The saddle is not too small, the OP is just sitting to the back of her saddle instead of sitting on her crotch in the center of her saddle.

All the other issues have been listed. Your horse looks like he does not appreciate you bracing on his mouth.
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I was actually trying to get his head down AB. Normally what works with him is if you put your reins to the side of his neck and he lowers his head and keeps it there, which was what I was trying to do. I can't really explain it. I'll get a video of it this week. I do have to stop bracing on his mouth a lot though. I am getting him a martingale soon.

I am working on all the other issues more and more every day.
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No need to get a video of it. I know exactly what it is. It is not the right way to 'get his head down'. I shall leave it at that.

You need to teach him to use himself and seek the bit, now just force his head down by pulling the bit into his mouth in a funky way.
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He doesn't do it any other way. I know it's not the right way to get his head down but, that's the easiest way without having to fight him, that's all I am saying.

Right now we are also teaching him to use his hind end to work into the bit and he's having a hard time with it. I am not forcing his head down though.
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Please read up on some dressage threads regaring "getting the head down." Its incorrect. You need to get him moving correctly - once he's round, his head will fall into place. By focusing on "head down is good" you're doing things completely backwards. You should NOT be pulling his head into place. You should be driving him from seat and leg into a frame. The hands are there JUST to support. They do not create headset, unless you're doing it wrong.
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I'm not trying to do it wrong. I have read up on the dressage threads before on focusing on "getting the head down" I'm well aware that right now I am doing it wrong and I am stopping doing it that way. Right now we are focusing on working into the frame...
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The stirrup leathers should be vertical. If they are not, your feet are in the wrong position for the saddle and will wobble. Your rump should be in the deepest part of the saddle. If not, you are fighting gravity. In most jump saddles, that puts your heels slightly forward of the hip, if the saddle fits you.

And barefoot in stirrups would scare the daylights out of me! However, the ball of the foot should be on the stirrup bar. I prefer the forward edge, some prefer the rear edge, but it shouldn't be the toes.
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