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post #21 of 35 Old 02-14-2013, 03:40 AM
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On a side note, I found an old picture.
I think Selena and Sky could play "swapping saddles"


Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #22 of 35 Old 02-14-2013, 04:30 AM
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I think if you lengthen your stirrups a bit, you'll sit more comfortably, and reigns won't seem so short.
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A couple of things that might help with your seat:
* Sit in the saddle and without moving your head or shoulders, peek down at your knee. You should be able to see the tip of your toe.
* If you do this with your feet out of the stirrups, you can now adjust the stirrup length. The bottom of the stirrup should come to about your ankle bone.
With everything adjusted, now as you ride periodically peek down and make sure you can see the tip of your boot just past your knee. Heels down, legs softly around the horse and you're set!
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post #24 of 35 Old 02-14-2013, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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Phly No the reins really are short.... look at the pictures.. barely 4 inches left to where I had my hand. There should be more slack, no?

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Thank you everyone for your advice! I can't wait till my next visit with him (another year or more :-/) to give it another go!

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Here's that video. You can see I'm a little confused with the whole...thing lol.



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Your stirrups need to be longer. When you stand straight up, you should be able to fit your hand under you(straight up, on it's side, like shaking a hand maybe?), and be balanced. This means your legs will be long sitting down. Great job!
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Lol Sky, I think you are crazy for thinking those are short...I'm a barrel racer, our reins don't even reach the saddle horn. To me, if they aren't split reins, they need to be short otherwise they feel weird. The reins you have would be WAY too long for my taste.

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Lol Sky, I think you are crazy for thinking those are short...I'm a barrel racer, our reins don't even reach the saddle horn. To me, if they aren't split reins, they need to be short otherwise they feel weird. The reins you have would be WAY too long for my taste.
Haha isn't that funny?? I guess I'm just used to how long English reins are and usually horses on trail rides had super long reins too

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Holy cow, either Sky is ridiculously long necked or those reins were only 6' long. Myself, I prefer 8 feet, just so I have plenty of slack.

You look pretty darn good for the first time doing it. Like everyone else said, let the stirrups out a hole or 2 and RELAX! Let your leg come forward just a bit and let that heel drop. Straighten out that back and relax those hips and you'll be perfect.

That saddle would be just a touch too small for my taste, but like BSMS said, some folks like a smaller saddle. If you were feeling a bit squished in that one, you could likely go 1/2 to an inch bigger and still be in really good shape.
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Holy cow, either Sky is ridiculously long necked or those reins were only 6' long. Myself, I prefer 8 feet, just so I have plenty of slack.
I think we'll go with 6' reins.. cause his neck is average size for his height/build..

Thank you :) Yeah I was really unsure of what to do. Before she began to film I kept asking "How am I supposed to sit?" and "Is this right?" every 5 strides lol...

And don't get me started on neck reining.. that was confusing too. Luckily Sky is still learning so I used the "direct rein but lay one rein on his neck" technique that my friend explained 10 seconds before I got on..

Phew.. lol. One day I'll learn to relax once it starts clicking for me :P
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