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        04-17-2010, 10:39 AM
      #11
    twh
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Quixotic    
    A general rule of thumb is that you should be able to fit one hand behind you on the cantle. You look pretty far up onto the cantle in some of those pics, instead of on the actual seat of the saddle, so I'd personally go up by half a size, especially since you seem to have pretty long legs.
    Agreed.
         
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        04-17-2010, 02:26 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Her Legs Are Right behind The Girth In A Very Well Put Area, where Your Horse Is Most Sensevtive And You Leg Is More Effective, If You Strech Up Hold Your Shoulders Back, It Would Help Alot,,, Also Think Of Sitting Almost More Forward On Your Pelivic Bone Which Will Fix Your "chair seat" As You Sit More On Your Butt More Like You Would Be Riding Western,,, Otherwise VERY CUTE Mare,,,, And Your Good For Only HAve Been Riding English A Little While! I Agree With You All On The Helmet One,,, Good Job For Ordering One!!!
         
        04-17-2010, 03:10 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Even though everyone has said this....Your alignment is off. Remember to align your ear hip and heel. This will bring your leg back and shift your weight forward so you don't look like your sitting in a chair. Saddle seems to fit. I would personally go up a half size.
         
        04-17-2010, 03:35 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Agree with everyone else. Especially when you're putting the early mileage on a horse - you want her to be aware of and comfortable with correct leg aids, and they can't possibly be correct if they're near her shoulder ;)
         
        04-17-2010, 04:09 PM
      #15
    Weanling
    Thanks so much, everyone! I rode Joy again last night and used all your tips.....and I loved the feeling! Putting my legs back more feels so much better. I felt much more secure in the saddle and I think Joy liked it better, too. Sitting correctly in the saddle, I was able to put a hand's width behind me on the cantle. I'm not sure if the saddle still looks too small for me. I will put up more pics later today to show everyone how their critiques helped me, and for you to see if the saddle fits me better. Thanks again!
         
        04-17-2010, 08:27 PM
      #16
    Foal
    It looks a little small. Maybe you could get an 18
         

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