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post #21 of 33 Old 06-03-2008, 10:58 AM
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I'm actually wondering about your saddle fit and whether or not that is effecting your seat...it looks downright awkward in several of those last photos, looks like the whole thing is sitting uphill on your mare's back.
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I'm actually wondering about your saddle fit and whether or not that is effecting your seat...it looks downright awkward in several of those last photos, looks like the whole thing is sitting uphill on your mare's back.
I was actually thinking the same thing. Maybe that's what is making my legs go forward a lot. .... Do you think the saddle doesn't fit period, or just too far up?

I was studying that last pic just now and it looks like I am trying to sit back more in the saddle, as if it should be back more ...
It's weird, because with another horse I used to ride in my lessons, I did not have a problem with my leg position. Maybe it is the position of the saddle..

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It could be some of both. Its nigh impossible to judge saddle fit with snapshots, so I can't comment on that. I will say that a too-narrow saddle will sit uphill on the horse. Position-wise, it does seem like your saddle is a bit forward in the later pictures. Here are a couple of photos showing the difference placement can make. Http://www.polobarn.com/What'sNew/news2003/saddlefit.html
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She's a cute mare, you guys look good :) the only thing I'll mention is for you to shorten your stirrups at least 2-3 holes if not more.
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post #25 of 33 Old 06-03-2008, 05:02 PM
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I don't think your saddle is the correct fit for you. I have the same problem with one of my saddles, but it's more comfortable to ride in than my bigger saddle. :roll: Plus, it works better for the smaller girls that ride my pony. But, I think a different saddle may help your position.
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I don't think your saddle is the correct fit for you. I have the same problem with one of my saddles, but it's more comfortable to ride in than my bigger saddle. :roll: Plus, it works better for the smaller girls that ride my pony. But, I think a different saddle may help your position.
Thanks for the advice. Do you think the saddle doesn't fit her? Or me? Or both?

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She's a cute mare, you guys look good :) the only thing I'll mention is for you to shorten your stirrups at least 2-3 holes if not more.
Thank you! The reason I didn't shorten them was because it was already on the last hole. Today I punched some more holes in my leathers, and it was a much better ride.

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post #28 of 33 Old 06-05-2008, 11:11 PM
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You two look so good!

A few things I noticed though is that you should bring your hands up a bit and put your thumbs up on on the riens you have piano player wrists * you can practice this by riding holding a crop in your hand under your thumbs.*
Another thing is that your stirrups are to long that's y you have a chair seat you also sit to far back in the saddle try moving your seat up but don't fall foward and your knee pads are there for a reason lol put your knees on them. Also you twist your heals out more which means you can be sending your horse mixed signals cause you have constant leg on her... this can be fixed with strength exercise, that means you need I bet ur leg swings when you canter. If you do alot of two pointing and exercises called up up down and down down up you can work on leg muscle and you can work on your balance.
Your horse is so cute though I really like her and you are a good rider all of your mistakes are just little ones not anything serious. I think you look amazing and are doing great!
Good luck with everything!
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You two look so good!

A few things I noticed though is that you should bring your hands up a bit and put your thumbs up on on the riens you have piano player wrists * you can practice this by riding holding a crop in your hand under your thumbs.*
Another thing is that your stirrups are to long that's y you have a chair seat you also sit to far back in the saddle try moving your seat up but don't fall foward and your knee pads are there for a reason lol put your knees on them. Also you twist your heals out more which means you can be sending your horse mixed signals cause you have constant leg on her... this can be fixed with strength exercise, that means you need I bet ur leg swings when you canter. If you do alot of two pointing and exercises called up up down and down down up you can work on leg muscle and you can work on your balance.
Your horse is so cute though I really like her and you are a good rider all of your mistakes are just little ones not anything serious. I think you look amazing and are doing great!
Good luck with everything!
Hunterchick, thanks so much. That was encouraging, I needed that. :P Sometimes I get frustrated and think that I'm doing everything wrong. Lol.

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post #30 of 33 Old 06-06-2008, 03:04 AM
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you two look great together :)
The two major things that stick out to me are:
Your toes-they point waaayyy out. You need to get them back in.
Your hands-piano hands. Get those thumbs up (as my instructor always says-you are not riding a bicycle)
There's other nitpicky things, but all in all you look great.
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