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        04-07-2013, 06:01 PM
    Put a helmet on. The pros wear them for a reason, so should you.
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        04-08-2013, 03:39 AM
    I kinda agree with the helmet part.... they are useful.
    Doesnt feel better with this saddle? I think you can drop your leg even longer, your ankle seems a bit strained even with the longer stirrup. Again, try to put your feet in the stirrups a bit less and hold on to the horse with your calves, not pushing on stirrups :P
    But your seat is a lot better with this saddle. Also, turn your hands so your thumbs are up!
        04-09-2013, 04:25 PM
    I agree - and I normally do wear a helmet! Def will be from now on, too.

    A few updates - I had my first english lesson with Roxy and it went so wonderfully!! It was a blast, and I was so proud of how Roxy did. My trainer was impressed with how quickly she caught on, and she gave us lots of great suggestions. My next lesson is next week Monday!

    Also, she did clarify that the 17.5'' is an all purpose saddle, but a little more 'laid back.' Roxy is also still growing, so atm her bum is higher - both of these contributed to the fact that I was sitting further back and my seat wasn't right, even with a riser pad. She's going to bring her riser pad which is much thicker in the back and should help tilt the saddle forward and help a lot with my position and whatnot.

    Thanks for all the advice - I'm so excited to continue with English!
        04-09-2013, 04:45 PM
    Yes to video!! Please
        04-09-2013, 05:10 PM
    You can get that saddle in the right spot by saddling too far forward then pulling the saddle backwards stopping when the cantle and pommel look level, like on the saddle stand. You have a typical western rider chair seat. It happens often bc some western saddles make it too easy to brace against the stirrups.
    Riding without stirrups for at least one hour at a time will fix this. You don't need to ride faster than a walk. Also, riding in 2-point will help your balance, weight your heels and get your lined up, shoulder-hip-heel. When you glance down to look only the very tip of your boot (the toe) should peak out past your knee.
    You've either studied up on or used ground poles before, bc I can see that they are secured, and you've measured your horse's stride.
    I can see that you are using a Kimberwicke. Eventually you will want to train your horse to a snaffle. A Kimberwicke is just a mild curb. You have "piano hands", but your seat is much more important, and I'm sure that your teacher will work on the hands. For a horse that listens, you direct rein with thumbs up, hands the width of the bit, and reins short enough to halt and half-halt without pulling your elbows behind you. In other words, you need to choke up and keep your hands in front of the pommel.
    I imagine that you will make rapid progress. Most students don' have their own horse to practice on. =D
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        04-09-2013, 05:38 PM
    Thank you Corporal!

    (And Sky, there's a video link in the first post ;))

    Yes, my trainer said once we get my saddle figured out and Roxy more in shape we'll start working more on my position. She mentioned doing a lot of two point and posting without stirrups.

    I love working with ground poles - and I can tell that Roxy loves them too. I think they're great for her stride and loosening her back.
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        04-09-2013, 05:40 PM
    Originally Posted by kelseyxroxy    
    (And Sky, there's a video link in the first post ;))
    I'm referring to after you dropped your stirrup a hole

        04-09-2013, 05:46 PM
    Oh, my bad! I'll try to find the one - we're in the middle of a storm right now so my internet is questionable. :/
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        04-10-2013, 12:03 PM
    No earth shattering comments but your pads will sit better with the square pad under the shaped.
        04-12-2013, 11:05 AM
    O M Gosh, I remember every lesson when my instructor had us pull the stirrup leathers, cross them over and in front and we posted without stirrups, 3x on each rein. It made a WORLD of difference when we jumped.
    Btw, you pull the stirrup leather buckle out to about 1/2way down, then cross the stirrup and leather over in front of the pommel.
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