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post #11 of 35 Old 02-13-2013, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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I agree with letting your stirrups out just a tad. Just enough to let your fenders hang straight down and that will also help get that big arch out of your lower back so you can move a little free-er(sp?) through your lower back and hips.

What you are doing will determine your stirrup length some. I change mine between all day riding(longer) or corral work, colt starting or training.(maybe a hole or two shorter) I actually like that your stirrups were a tad short rather than too long. Some think that riding western=long stirrups. I see that they stand on their toes and shove themselves against the cantle to stay in the saddle and in turn makes for a hard hand.
Personally I think your English background makes for a great base for riding western!
Good job and I am glad you made it to the states to see Sky!(or maybe you had him shipped NZ???)
Thank you so much for the comments! I am understanding western a LOT better now! :)

I wish I had him shipped to NZ! I was definitely in the states for too short a time.. will aim to spend more time there next go around! At least I got a little try at western :)
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I majorly like Cowchick's post!!!

LOL, I really do envy those that had a good English background, they seem to have great seats!

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LOL, I really do envy those that had a good English background, they seem to have great seats!
:) No need to envy. I bet you have a good seat too!

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Always a work in progress!
I am glad you got to see your "pony", he looks well taken care of! Next trip you will be posting pics of you cutting on him right? :)
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This is an excellent example of why I say cross training is such a good thing. For both horse and rider!

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Oh I hope!!! I think he'd love playing with cows :)

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Thanks Sorrelhorse. Doesn't he look like he's completely comfortable with this newish concept?
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It's interesting to see really, how little horses will often care about the saddle on their back.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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BTW I didn't have cowboy boots and riding in my paddock boots was so weird... so I went with some sort of winter boot. I felt safe though, and they didn't get stuck.
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:) No need to envy. I bet you have a good seat too!
Lots of cowgirls have good 'seats'!

Although if I notice, my wife hits me...

Seriously, it looks to me like the saddle was too small. I know some folks like a smaller saddle. A rancher friend who was my college room mate many years ago came down last weekend to drop off a deaf Border Collie puppy. He's about my size...5'8"-ish and around 175-180. He said he rode in a 14 inch seat for years , until the saddle wore out and he bought a new one.

He somehow managed to have 4 kids anyways, so I guess it worked somehow.
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LOL! ^^^ Oh, BSMS, you never fail to entertain!

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