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post #1 of 6 Old 11-03-2011, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Balance Issue

I recently started riding bareback to improve my balance and I really love it. The rescue I volunteer at is about a mile or two away, and since I'm always running late, we usually canter the entire way there. Most of the ride is through the woods, and then the cornfields, so needless to say my balance bareback is pretty darn good. However I've noticed lately that my balance is aways slightly off when I ride in my saddle. I always have to straiten my saddle to the right. My stirrups are the same length and everything looks even, so I really dont know whats up. Is it a problem with my balance or a problem with the saddle? I ride in a cheaper Aussie.
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post #2 of 6 Old 11-03-2011, 06:56 PM
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It could be your stirrup leathers are stretched or your the holes are somewhat uneven. With some stirrups I ride with a different hole on each side. Fiddle around. Also, because you are straightening to the right, perhaps your saddle is sliding a bit when you mount?
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post #3 of 6 Old 11-06-2011, 05:11 PM
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that use to happen to me. i found out that while i ride i lean more to the one side. ( becuz my one legs a 1/2" shorter then the other) i just started riding in my saddle with no stirrups. thats help alot
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-06-2011, 05:53 PM
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Is your saddle a Wintec stock saddle? I'm just curious because I was having the same problem in mine today. It's not a typical problem for my horse and me, but it was happening constantly today. I was trying to put more weight on the opposite side to correct it, so I don't know if my horse was moving strangely or if it was from my crooked hips.
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post #5 of 6 Old 11-06-2011, 10:54 PM
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It could be a padding issue too. If it isn't padded right, the saddle will tip one way or another and knock off your center of balance. Definitely something to check out. Also as some have mentioned, it's easy to favor one stirrup and put slightly more pressure on a certain seat bone without realizing unless you are really critiquing every cm of your body.
It could also be the position of the stirrup leathers on the saddle, or like others have said, they could be worn out.

Lots of things to consider!
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-07-2011, 12:53 AM
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If you always get on from the left side, you will stretch out the stirrup leathers and make the saddle uneven. I made a few of my saddles this way until someone pointed out how uneven they were! It took me a year of mounting from the right to get them even. Now I use a mounting block or make sure I switch between the two to keep things even.

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