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    04-11-2010, 06:30 PM
  #1
Yearling
Can anyone else relate to me??

So, it's come to my attention that I can ride bareback like no other, but as soon as the saddle goes on, I find myself uncomfortable, and not liking it at all!!! The biggest thing that bugs me is when I trot with the saddle, my feet are in the correct position, yet they bounce off of the stirrup, when I'm bareback, my legs hardly move!!! I feel like I should be the other way around. It kinda sucks in a way, so I just basically wanted to know if there are others' out there that can relate to me on this. Any tips are more than welcome. You may critique or what ever it is you want to say. Advice would be awesome too!
     
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    04-11-2010, 09:51 PM
  #2
Started
Why not use the saddle without the stirrups? Unless you want to show?

Edit: Wait, I'm thinking of an English saddle. Can you even take the stirrups off a Western one?
     
    04-11-2010, 10:46 PM
  #3
Yearling
Yea I usually never wear stirrups this is the first time in a long time I've worn them. I guess I just want to be able to ride anyway I want and it bugs me that I hate stirrups but can do anything else, I don't know...it's just not right haha Oh well.

As for the saddle, yea I actually take of my stirrups when we go on trials, since I don't use them I wouldn't want them getting caught on anything.
     
    04-11-2010, 10:52 PM
  #4
Trained
My cousin is the same, especially with jumping. She has a wonderful natural seat bareback and jumps fearlessly, but with a saddle, her lower leg slips forward and she doesn't feel as secure, especially jumping.
     
    04-11-2010, 10:55 PM
  #5
Yearling
Wild Spot: Thanks for telling me that dude, I feel a lot better. Tell me, if you were an instructor, would you say that this is a bad thing?? I don't plan to show at all, it just bugs me lol.
     
    04-11-2010, 11:06 PM
  #6
Trained
It's not a bad thing - But it's something to work on. We do a lot of work with her over trot poles and cavaletti with no stirrups and no reins so she can learn to balance her body in the saddle like she does bareback.
     
    04-11-2010, 11:12 PM
  #7
Yearling
Yea, that's something I need to do. As for the fact that my feet just kept on bouncing inside the stirrups, I think that was because they were too long. Toes were up and slightly turned out and they weren't absorbing any of the shock from her trot. I'll take them up a hole and see how that is, and I'll also try some figure 8's and poles and what not. As you said in your first post about how your cousins legs slide forward...mine do the same thing. I still can't figure out why. Maybe you know?? Thanks for the advice by the way, I REALLY appreciate it.
     
    04-11-2010, 11:52 PM
  #8
Trained
Generally you ride with a more forward leg when bareback to help you absorb the movement - however it doesn't translate well to the saddle where the more correct position is having your leg centered underneath you.

With my cousin I tend to just constantly yell 'Leg back!!!' while she's going around, lol, but we are used to that type of communication. Do you have a trainer?
     
    04-12-2010, 05:46 AM
  #9
Weanling
I agree with everything suggested and mentioned above. For English riders an 'aid' is metal grate stirrup inserts. My foot never moves (and yeah, it shouldn't if my weight is in my heels, but it still happens now and then). Best part is they're only like $5. I can't say enough about them.
     
    04-12-2010, 06:01 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Your probably just too used to having no saddle and stirrups. Your legs probably move no more than they do bare back you just notice it more because you are trying to keep them in the stirrups. Try riding in a english saddle and rising to the trot or shorten your stirrups!
     

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